Friday, April 26
Now, Now and The Lonely Forest (Trans- Records), Watch for Horses, Julie Pierson
The Wire Presents:
Threads – the second full-length release from Minneapolis based Now, Now – explores the fragile and often transitory nature of our existence, our perceived understanding of the world around us and relationships shared with others physically and emotionally. Produced by Howard Redekopp (Tegan and Sara, An Horse, New Pornographers) and released on Chris Walla’s Trans- Records, Threads forms a sprawling sonic endeavor that showcases the bands incredible growth as songwriters and musicians. Vulnerable vocals give way to oceans of sound retaining definition via deftly layered guitar parts augmented by lingering synths which alternate between background and center stage.
After an incredible 2012 that saw the band make their late night TV debut on Jimmy Fallon and Threads win numerous accolades including a selection as one of NPR’s top 50 releases of the year, The Wire is proud to welcome Now, Now back to our stage.
The Lonely Forest
Set between ancient forest and the forest-green waters of Puget Sound at the very edge of the continental US, Anacortes, Washington, population 17,000 sees a lot come and go yet through all the coming and going, the local DIY community remains remarkably consistent and strong; an expression of defiant, end-of-the-line creativity. From that community comes The Lonely Forest, a rock band of four Anacortes natives with no intention of leaving.
At its core, the band’s music features soaring vocals and keyboard melodies wrapped tightly around expansive guitar anchored by a heavy yet nimble rhythm section. The contrast of brilliant pop songs featuring lyrics about spiritual longing wedded to an almost prog-rock sensibility appeals to broad swath of listeners, from wide-eyed teenagers to jaded scenesters. As always, inclusion is important to these guys!
The Lonely Forest continues their steady climb to prominence from modest Northwest roots as they work on a new album in 2013, their second, for Chris Walla’s label imprint, Trans Records. Walla, guitarist and producer for Grammy-nominated rock band Death Cab for Cutie, made The Lonely Forest his first signing when he launched Trans with the support of Death Cab for Cutie’s major label home, Atlantic Records