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Towering Trees

Portland band, Towering Trees, plays first show in six months tonight at Kelly's Olympian

Towering Trees, a band of four from Portland, Oregon, make music they describe as, “contemporary snake charming,” but "indie rock with roots influences" is quite appropriate too. Their first album, “Hangover Hearts,” released in 2013, is a compilation of the band's best qualities: warming vocals, jangly electric guitar, and ardent melodrama. A good example of this is their track “Misfortune.” The song starts out with a plucked guitar melody that pierces through the steady percussion undercurrent, while the vocals, “I feel so sick, I feel so weak,” oscillate above the instrumentation, sounding almost like a whine. Towering Trees will be playing tonight at Kelly’s Olympian for the first time in six months! If you can’t make it, or don’t live in Portland, give their Kickstarter-funded album a listen on Bandcamp. - Isabel Rolston

Towering Trees at Kelly's Olympian 8.8

Towering Trees play steady pop riffs with an edge, akin to The Strokes rocking in a garage... then Morrissey shows up. The brooding vocals dig deeper, songs deal with inconsistencies of self, problems with social expectations, and social norms surrounding sexuality and gender. To deal with those issues, a lot of songs are also concerned with drinking. The band currently has two EP's under their belt and have mere days left in a Kickstarter campaign to master, press, and print their full length work in progress, Hangover Hearts, which so far, sounds well-rounded and more upbeat. See for yourself; catch them at Kelly's Olympian tonight with Muscle & Marrow and Pony Village, then pay a visit to their Kickstarter page. - Brandy Crowe


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