KUTZ presents Portland minimal synth self-help anthems by 0.2-molar-goth-lounge-crooner, Mattress, alongside Dubais, local favorites - Art Lessing & the Flower Vato, and DJ Chat Noir. All ages show - $5 - 20 sliding scale.
MATTRESS is Portland's raddest librarian, a personality that co-exists (no need to call it an alter-ego) with a stupendous stage act of a richly-voiced Vegas-born-and-bred crooner who has sung uplifting self-help anthems over a bed of his own DIY synth/electronic productions. "Nick Cave meets Suicide" was an often-heard nutshell of an explanation, but with increasingly ambitious musical accompaniment now laying his foundation, that keep falling shorter and shorter of describing the genius at work here.
Willamette Week still dredged up Nick Cave in their review of his latest work, but check it:
"Since 2008-ish, Rex Marshall has been slumped over in the darkest corners of Portland, not so much stalking its seedy underbelly as just sort of drunkenly leaning into it. He treats his sonic alias, Mattress, literally—though more like a soiled Tempur-Pedic discarded in the alley of some dystopian metropolis than anything on which anyone could sleep soundly. Which is to say, Marshall's music has always alloyed lo-fi grit with electro-engineered precision and a crooner's confidence. But on latest release Looking For My People, the singer sounds more unhinged than ever. "Fuck the Future" lathers Coil's Horse Rotorvator with turpentine, somehow making industrial pop sound even more industrial, while album highlight "How Many Tears?" manages to make the idea of Nick Cave fronting This Heat seem genius. Not all of it is '80s goth detritus, though: The titular mantra of "Shake" slows a Death Grips-esque screech 1,000 percent, and the album's title track briefly switches souls with David Bowie's Blackstar swan song. Woozy, desperate, hobbled and hilarious, Looking For My People is the endlessly listenable soundtrack to an apocalypse experienced atop a leopard-print bar stool in the oldest dive bar in Vegas. It's not quite real, but it's absolute magic."
Rex is hitting the road with DUBAIS, which has an S on the end, so I feel like a fool for making the flier without the S. Her music is creepy late-night electronic excursions of subdued experimental pop which should certainly find many new fans here.
ART LESSING & FLOWER VATO are one of Sac's best bands to bring the appropriate atmosphere to set the vibe right for our touring acts. Art Lessing is the DIY stringed-instrument maker and maestro of swirling psychedelic waves conjuring every mood from bliss to creeping anxiety and synching with the Flower Vato's tribal claptrap of ironing-board-based drumkit and the skeletal deep groove channeler, the DIY "space bass". Waves build galvanically to crescendo over and over, but these guys know how to make hooks, too.
DJ Chat Noir will be spinning select synthy, wavey, and postpunk rarities, peppered with old faves, re-discoveries, and next faves.