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Steel Chains Say Sayonara to Playing Shows

Maybe some of you knew it was coming and maybe some of you didn't. Either way, our punk scene is about to lose one of its active and integral collection of members. As of Friday, we'll be saying goodbye to local melodic punks Steel Chains.

They dropped their demo tracks just a little over two years ago and an EP not too long after, instantly making them favorites without fault. Steel Chains render a more harmonious version of traditional punk, using a post-like execution of catchy, quickly paced riffs. On top of their talent they were also just enjoyable to see perform overall, so it's really quite the bummer to see them go.

Join Steel Chains for their last performance Friday at The Know with Macho Boys, Mr. Wrong and Petite. Every bit of the show's $7 cover will be donated to the Trans Lifeline, so they're going out on a charitable bang to boot.





A Party for Sgt. Pepper's 50th Anniversary

 Whether you feel like they're overrated or not, it'd be hard to deny the influence the Beatles had and still has on music. Their career filled with the quintessential hits that define them, the Beatles were some of the "first" to bring pandemonium, romantic pop and the steady transition into drug life to the public eye. Seeing as the first day of June marks the 50th anniversary of their considerable opus Sgt. Pepper's The Lonely Hearts Club Band, of course a commemoration had to take place, and of course it would be in fun Portland fashion.

The Funhouse Lounge will house a tribute show as an ode to the band Thursday night, featuring local rock musicians and special guests, many of which are likely to be in some sort of Beatles-like garb. Advertised are The Toads, The Dark Backward and comedian/loud sound creator Tinn Itus and the Strobing Visions covering hits from all throughout the Beatles' extensive catalog. The 21 and over event is only $10, but those that come in costumes themselves only pay half price. Those in costume will also be automatically invited to partake in other Beatles' themed special activities, so a lot of fun is sure to be had.





6 Questions: Horse Movies

Horse Movies are a band to pay attention to. The trio recently won our artist of the month poll, with their album Switch Flipper being one worthy of constant plays. They're heading off for a tour in the next couple weeks, so we wanted to exchange a few words with the band in hopes of getting to know a little more about them. Here are our 6 questions with Horse Movies...

Deli PDX: What are the songwriting dynamics in the band? Is it mainly one of you that writes the songs, take turns between the three of you or go into each track together?

 

Horse Movies: We get together and do that thing that birds do where the mom chews up the food and feeds it to the baby bird. But we do it back and forth with song ideas. 

 

How did Horse Movies come to be a band? Where does the name come from?

 

We're firm believers that all movies could use more horse characters. We originally met because we were all very active on a horse meme sub Reddit. We thought it'd be funny to start making music too, and eventually drifted away from our love of horse memes to focus more on the music. 


On your upcoming tour, are there any particular dates/cities the band is more excited to play than others?

 

Honestly we're just stoked to get out of Portland for a while, meet new friends and see cool bands. Hanging out with Mom Jeans for a week is gunna be a blast. And we get to play with Adult School in Santa Cruz, who are probably the best band ever. 

 

Who are some acts that have influence Horse Movies sound? 

 

Robin Williams circa '85, children's books involving lonely insects, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 soundtrack, and Toy Story on ice.

 

Being a somewhat "newer" band, how do you feel about the politics of Portland's music scene? What place do you all feel Horse Movies holds within the scene?

 

We've met a lot of great people in the PDX scene. Good hearted kids, ya know? Kids who constantly go to shows no matter who's playing. They're just in it for the music. It's frustrating when people are in it for the drama. We've learned to stay off the internet and use horse blinders on Facebook haha.

 

If there's one thing each of you could change about the current state of music (locally or globally), what would it be and why?

 

More all ages venues for sure. Kids need places they can feel welcome and enjoy themselves. Also, when it comes to music, we wish people would use their ears and not so much their eyes.

 

See Horse Movies off properly by hitting up their tour kickoff show June 19 at Black Water with Lubec, Tallwomen and Prison Dress. 

 





Visual Vices: Atomic Candles - "Do (Live)"

There's someting hypnotic about watching bands perform. Audience members and viewers can zone out in watching the meditative motions of instrument playing and sometimes mesmeric singing, but not every show allows for such reflective instances. Being able to experience them at home can be much better, and the new Atomic Candles video offers up those vibes.

The duo, consisting of Matt B. and Ryan W., released a live video of them performing their song "Do" in their practice space. It gives a more intimate look at two goth pop musicians doing what they do best with a synth, a guitar and two pairs of pretty sweet headphones.

If you can't get enough of them through their video performance, you can catch Atomic Candles on June 7 with White Rooms and Sex Park at the Know.





Luke Messimer Celebrates Decade Long Song Diary 'Ten Years'

Most of us don't have many artifacts documenting the last 10 years of our lives. Some may have social media albums worth of selfies and party memories, others still have numerous notebooks worth of entries to sift through. But for multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Luke Messimer, logging thoughts and emotions happened through the realm of music. Tomorrow, Messimer is celebrating his compilation of chronicled songs, aptly titled Ten Years

Totalling 32 songs in length, Messimer recorded the tracks for Ten Years from 2005 to 2015 in various places along the west coast, plus Arizona and Wyoming. He commissioned the help of quite a few others in the making of all these delightful indie pop songs, like Adam Fight of local band Loveboys and California pop artist Molly Marlette. Despite all the hands involved in this process singing, songwriting and producing wise, the songs on Ten Years are presented in their originally recorded form - no editing, remastering or re-recording, just as they were recorded using the built-in mic on Messimer's Macbook using Garageband.

Follow Messimer through his sonic journey the last decade by streaming Ten Years below and checking out his album celebration show tomorrow at The Fixin' To, where Star Club and San Francisco math punk duo The Brankas will also be playing. 

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