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Sleeping Lessons

Dreamy Seattle indie pop

Sleeping Lessons

Lubec, Surfer Rosie

Wed, February 27

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Sleeping Lessons
Sleeping Lessons
Sleeping Lessons is the latest Seattle indie-rock band on the block made up of Charlie Deane, Paul Kowalczyk, Dan Moretti, and Terence Bonsey. The collective resume of Deane, Kowalczyk, Moretti, and Bonsey precedes them, having played in a variety of projects ranging from international b-boy sensation Don’t Talk To The Cops, Seattle surf staples The Echo Echo Echoes, and backing the indie-folk prodigy Sophia Duccini. While Bonsey was championing basslines to breakdancing competitions around the world; Deane, Moretti and Kowalczyk were busy sharing bills with artists such as Car Seat Headrest, Washed Out, Deep Sea Diver, Diet Cig, STRFKR and even Odesza . In less than a year since their debut on Seattle’s famed Big BLDG Bash Festival main stage, Sleeping Lessons have started to create some serious momentum for themselves across the world with their self-produced debut album Red Sprites.

Already the band has had support from influential radio stations worldwide such as Seattle’s KEXP, Boston’s WEMF, and RKC in Paris. Even rock and roll hall of fame DJ Marco Collins is a fan, calling Red Sprites “one of the best debut records I've heard come out of the NW in a long time!”

Things keep going from strength to strength for the young Seattle band, who returning from their second west coast tour have just been added to a slew of the Pacific Northwest’s most exclusive bills including Capitol Hill Block Party, Fisherman’s Village Music Festival, Freakout Festival, and a TV appearance on Band in Seattle. With 2 west coast tours and 1 national under their belt, the future looks bright for Sleeping Lessons.
Known in area DIY rock scenes for their crashing piano-driven dream pop, duel harmonies and loud shows, Portland, Oregon trio Lubec have released two albums. Cosmic Debt - their most recent full-length - came out on Boston's Disposable America label. It follows The Thrall, their 2014 debut and several singles. Their latest, the Dividends EP, collects other songs from the sets and tours of this period while the band work on new music.

"(Cosmic Debt) is a shaded, scratchy gem of a guitar-pop record. Sometimes drifting in to that endearing lo-fi world but with a vision that lifts it out much higher than that and out in to the great wide world, with ease. Highly recommended." - Gold Flake Paint

"Lubec isn’t a straight dream pop band. There is a harder indie rock core running through their sound and the way the songs are structured that counterpoints their gaze-like vibes. The way they trade lines and sing two competing trains of thought together reminds one of nearby Seattle’s Pretty Girls Make Graves." - Post-Trash

"Cosmic Debt" is calamitous but beautiful, a hodgepodge of briskly paced instrumentals and shouts. It serves as the perfect soundtrack for a set of rapidly moving visuals, warping you into a place of whirlwind noise pop. - The Grey Estates
Surfer Rosie
Surfer Rosie
Laura Daegling of Surfer Rosie sits in the booth of a Northeast Portland restaurant with a mug of chamomile tea. She’s recovering from a harsh cold, and when Noah Johanson (drums), Gill Brase (bass), and Gilly Avina (guitar) arrive, they discuss the Netflix shows Daegling (vocals/guitar) binged during her Sudafed-induced haze.

“I watched a lot of trashy documentaries,” she says. “I was sort of in and out of sleep, but that Gawker and Hulk Hogan one [Nobody Speak] was pretty messed up.” When Avina and Brase note that they would’ve opted for Dawson’s Creek, Daegling asks, “Isn’t it basically The L Word with straight people?”

Listening to them riff about about scene bands, AIM screen names, and Minecraft videos, you’d never guess that they’re about to release a self-titled debut EP. This seems more like old friends catching up than a band’s first interview. That’s probably because it’s both: All four members of Surfer Rosie met either attending, volunteering, or working at Portland’s Rock ’n’ Roll Camp for Girls over four years ago.

“As a queer musician, rock camp was just such a great community for me growing up,” Avina says. “I started going when I was 10 and was just coming to terms with my identity. It was also my only access to rock music, because I grew up playing classical violin.”

Avina and Brase first attended the Rock ’n’ Roll Camp for Girls as kids, Johanson started volunteering as a teenager, and Daegling, the only member of Surfer Rosie not from the Portland area, was in part inspired to move here because of the camp.

“I was 16 and ditched school to go to Sacramento, because Lodi was such a small town that if you were out, your parents would know immediately,” Daegling says. “I went to the movies and it was between Let the Right One In or [the documentary] Girls Rock! And after seeing the doc, I just knew I wanted to be involved with Rock Camp in some way.”

“It’s funny, because I was in that movie as a kid,” says Avina. “That’s cool, I didn’t know that was how you heard of it.”

Each of Surfer Rosie’s members have been extremely active in Portland’s DIY music community: Johanson and Daegling were in the fantastic twee-pop band Blind Lovejoy, Avina was in Voices, and Brase was in Cay Is Okay. Though the project was originally a solo outlet for Daegling, Surfer Rosie eventually fleshed out as a four-piece and found their name after playing a Pixies cover set last Halloween.

The band has three songwriters in Daegling, Avina, and Brase. The EP’s tone jumps between the bursts of energy in Daegling’s opening track “Nerves,” Avina’s tender lo-fi pop number “Gilly’s Dream,” and the loud-soft-loud catharsis of Brase’s “Resting.”

“It’s really a breakup EP,” Daegling says. “Gill, Gilly, and I all individually went through breakups within a three-month period of one another.”

Surfer Rosie’s debut is a compassion project; it’s not driven by any singular creative force. And it’s special because of this shared intimacy, where the members shine not only as songwriters, but as friends.

Article above from Portland Mercury:
Surfer Rosie's Compassion Project
The Portland Band's Rock Camp Reunion
by Cameron Crowell