The Shins

Monqui Presents

The Shins

Pure Bathing Culture

Wed, June 21

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:30 pm

McMenamins Edgefield

Troutdale, OR

Adv $41.50

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This event is all ages

The Shins
The Shins
The Shins are a multiple GRAMMY nominated American band formed by James Mercer in Albuquerque, NM in 1996. After a few years of self-financed singles, demos and van tours, the band was signed by Sub Pop Records who subsequently released its first three full length records.

Their debut full length, Oh, Inverted World caused a seismic shift in the indie rock world upon its release in 2001, singlehandedly ushering in the modern era of the genre. Moved by the strength of verifiably life changing songs like “New Slang”, “Know Your Onion” and “Caring is Creepy,” a generation of artists ditched the previous decade’s lo-fi aesthetic in favor of Oh, Inverted World’s emphasis on melody. Selling nearly a million copies and featuring heavily in the cult classic Garden State, the influence of Oh, Inverted World continues to be as profound as it is wide-reaching.

The Shins released their sophomore record, Chutes Too Narrow in 2003. The album garnered near-perfect reviews from The New York Times, MOJO, Rolling Stone, and Q, among numerous others solidifying The Shins’ iconic standing.

The band’s third LP 2007, the epic Wincing The Night Away, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 moving more than 100,000 copies in its first week of release, and saw their Saturday Night Live debut and a second GRAMMY nomination, once again reaffirming The Shins’ stature as one of the most significant acts of the new millennium.

The fourth Shins album, Port of Morrow, was released in 2012 on James Mercer’s own Aural Apothecary label in partnership with Columbia Records. Preceded by “Simple Song,” the highest charting Shins single to date, Port of Morrow debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and was met with rave reviews: Entertainment Weekly declared it “the band’s best album in almost a decade” and Pitchfork described it as a “triumphant return.”

Heartworms, the band’s fifth album, will be released March 10th via Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records. The record will be supported by a world tour on which Mercer will be joined by Yuuki Matthews (bass), Jon Sortland (drums), Mark Watrous (guitar, keys, vocals), Casey Foubert (guitar) and Patti King (keys).
Pure Bathing Culture
Pure Bathing Culture
Pure

Bathing

Culture

To hear Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman tell it, their Portland, OR-based band Pure Bathing
Culture has always evolved naturally and at a steady pace. “That’s really the path we’ve been on
as a band, always putting one foot in front of the other as opportunities presented themselves,”
Versprille said. “The music just revealed itself to us as we kept going.”
But for Pure Bathing Culture’s second album, Pray for Rain, the band has taken a big leap
forward. You can hear it from the opening notes of their anthemic title track: in Hindman’s clean
yet serpentine guitar lines interacting with the live rhythm section and Versprille’s lucid vocals
cutting through it all as she asks: “Is it pleasure? Is it pain? Did you pray for rain?” Pray for Rain
is the sound of the group confidently taking a step up to the next level and finding their footing
as a true band.
“We needed to make a big step and our version of that was to cut the cord from our previous
albums,” Hindman said of the process, then confesses: “I was nervous all the way through. It
was nerve-wracking and almost antagonizing at times.”
The roots of Pure Bathing Culture stretch back to 1999, when Versprille and Hindman
befriended one another on the first day of freshman orientation at William Patterson University
in Wayne, New Jersey. A decade later, they became bandmates when they both joined Vetiver
for their Sub-Pop albums Tight Knit and The Errant Charm. It was while playing in Vetiver that
Pure Bathing Culture emerged as its own entity.
“Dan was working on some instrumentals that he would make on a looping pedal,” Sarah said.
“One night he was out and I just listened to this loop and wrote some lyrics to it. He came home
and I showed it to him. We laughed at first, as we didn’t have some grand plan to start a band. It
just happened naturally.” That song “Lucky One,” wound up in the hands of Richard Swift, who
encouraged the duo to keep writing. “Richard pushed us along and became an inspiration,” Dan
said. Swift wound up producing the band’s first EP and dreamy full-length, 2013’s Moon Tides at
his National Freedom studio.
From there, PBC evolved from simply being the product of Versprille and Hindman writing songs
in their own home to hitting the road as a full touring band. “Sarah and I conceptualize music
and then write so it’s a pretty fragile state,” Hindman said. “Playing live was a huge change for
us.”
When it came time to write and record their follow-up to Moon Tides, the duo knew what they
didn’t want. “We didn’t gravitate towards someone making indie dream-pop records,” Dan said.
That was when producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Swans, Angel Olsen, The Walkmen)
reached out to the band and invited them to come record with him in his Dallas, TX studio.
“John pushed us to not make clichés, to not play into the style of other bands,” Dan said. The
challenges came right away as Congleton pressed the group into unfamiliar and at times
uncomfortable territory in the studio. “He tricked me with the guitars on the album,” Dan said.
“We got the basic tracks down and he asked me to do scratch guitar and then John wouldn’t let
me go back and do the guitars again. He refused to do any layering.”
As a result, everything on Pray for Rain is pretty much as Pure Bathing Culture actually sounds,
all analog gear, with virtually no plug-ins or effects added afterwards, no hiding behind multiple
layers. “There aren’t a lot of tricks; What you hear is naturally what’s there,” Dan said.
It was a taxing yet ultimately rewarding experience when the album was completed. “It was
shocking to hear what the finished product was,” Sarah said. “It was like being in a vortex and
then we came out with this record.” She adds with a laugh something John Congleton told her
when all was said and done: “You were very brave.”
Sarah summarizes the Pray for Rain experience as one of “stepping into the realm of discovering
who we are as a band and as songwriters,” echoing a theme of the album itself, the process of
change and transition. “You can find the best version of yourself in those hardest moments,” she
said. To which Dan adds: “You have to be backed up against the wall in order to really feel those
feelings and respond to them.” Pray for Rain is the sound of Pure Bathing Culture transforming
from who they were to who they will be, of finding their way, ready to take steps both small and
momentous on their musical path.