Summer Cannibals – Tickets – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR – January 13th, 2017

Summer Cannibals

Monqui Presents

Summer Cannibals

Gazebos, Hurry Up

Friday January 13

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$13.00 - $15.00

This event is all ages

Summer Cannibals
Summer Cannibals
Led by guitarist/vocalist Jessica Boudreaux, the Cannibals initially cut their teeth on the local circuit, sharing the stage and receiving encouragement from peers such as The Thermals. Along the way, they released a pair of fantastic full-lengths -- 2013’s No Makeup and 2015’s Show Us Your Mind — on their own label, New Moss Records. Show Us Your Mind was recorded by legendary NW engineer Larry Crane and was recently named one of the best of 2015 by Sound Opinions co-host Jim DeRogatis. The band has since spent an unhealthy amount of time on the road, earning accolades and adding plenty of fresh converts to their highly-charged, no frills attack.

It seems only logical that when the band decided to sign to a label, they chose a label like Kill Rock Stars, which has a long history of putting out fearless, female-led bands like Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney. “Summer Cannibals take us back to our roots,” says KRS President Portia Sabin. “Jessica is a great songwriter and the band is super exciting live, it’s a perfect fit.”

The new album Full Of It is the band’s defining statement to date. Recorded at the amazing analog recording studio The Dock with producer Chris Woodhouse (Thee Oh Sees, Wild Flag), the LP is one of those massive leaps forward that every band hopes to achieve at least once in their career. Aided by rhythm guitarist Marc Swart and a new powerhouse rhythm section of drummer Devon Shirley and bassist Jenny Logan, the 11 songs spark with that perfect mix of snotty attitude, unbounded energy, and window rattling volume.
Call it fate, call it fortune, call it the all-wise guiding-goddess Hand of Rock 'n' Roll, because any way you cut it, Gazebos was meant to be. Ever since the motley quartet of Seattle music-scene lifers came together in 2014, Gazebos has been a shining beacon of the city's live-music landscape, their performances raucous and cathartic and hilarious, uniting the tribes under a banner of unabashed and unabridged fun. Now—finally!—Gazebos have an album out, their debut for Hardly Art Records, and nobody will be surprised that Die Alone is not the existential bummer the title suggests. Gazebos rages against the forces of post-millennial, pre-midlife anxiety and Die Alone is the soundtrack.

Which isn't to say it's a church picnic: Die Alone is more complex than simple genre tags or clichéd descriptors allow. The band coined the phrase "whoa-pop" to describe their music and they say they're not mad at the term "prog-punk." Also consider that the album includes a cover from the Grease soundtrack that'll thrill the indie-rock theater-nerd contingent, such as it is. Chalk up the sonic free-for-all to each member's long and eclectic legacy of creative endeavors. None of these people has ever sat still very long.

Singer Shannon Perry has been in bands all her life (including Butts and Katherine Hepburn's Voice), and is one of the Northwest's most sought-after tattoo artists. Guitarist TV Coahran runs the weirdest karaoke night in Seattle, named after his record label GGNZLA, and for the past few years has toured, performed, and collaborated with lo-fi legend R. Stevie Moore. Shane Herrell played guitar with critical darlings the First Times, then switched to bass for Gazebos and Bread & Butter, his good-times choogle-rock band. Drummer Jordan T. Adams, typically shirtless by song two at Gazebos shows, comes from cult-fave bands Spurm and Monarchies. They're all well-seasoned performers, they've all orbited each other's bands in and out of Seattle for close to 20 years, and they're all Cancers (except Shane: Capricorn).

Given the band's collision of interests, Die Alone's manic diversity makes perfect sense. These songs are patchworks of parts conceived individually as demos and woven together collectively during sessions in Coahran's basement—which is also where the album was recorded on 8-track with Seattle garage-rock guru Kurt Bloch as engineer. No song sounds like another and yet the album sustains a dizzying, alluring vibe.

It hits you right from the start: Is that Perry singing backwards on opener "Just Get High"? Her vocal delivery is bewitchingly unpredictable, the band stretching the song around her like bubblegum. "I Don't Wanna Be Here" is the album's punchiest track, clocking in at two minutes thirty seconds, Perry venting some serious girl-power angst; dig the woozy flange on Coahran's guitar throughout. Perry further philosophizes on "Sauna" and "Blend," swerving between her brassy mezzo-soprano and an intense speak-sing mode. "Ere Specka" is a nonsense phrase of Perry's own devising but, with her vocals buoyed by Coahran's, the hiccupy chorus makes its meaning clear. In Grease, Rizzo the proto-feminist Pink Lady sang "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" with an empowered elegance that presaged Gazebos' smoldering update (and yes, that's a Rizzo tat on Perry's neck).

If Gazebos has a mission statement, it comes in album closer "Boys I Like." On the surface it's a song of unrequited romance, but deeper down it's about living and loving every moment to the fullest. Perry sings, "I'm dying right now/you're dying right now/every single one of us is dying/together alone right now." Yeah, we're all gonna die—it's the one fate nobody escapes. We're all gonna Die Alone, and like Perry sings, that's fine. Somehow, coming from Gazebos, that news doesn't sound so bad.
Hurry Up
Hurry Up features Kathy Foster and Westin Glass of the mighty Thermals alongside Maggie Vail (K Records/ DJ Magic Beans/ Bangs). Radon huffing basement punk in the Northwest tradition, with a grudge and one bare light bulb. Hurry Up has three middle fingers straight up your nostrils. Get weird. Stay weird. Or get the f*ck out.
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