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The Palms, Bay Ledges

A co-headline evening of sunny indie-pop from LA

The Palms

Bay Ledges

Sat, August 17

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

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$13.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

The Palms
The Palms
With hints of West Coast Psychedelia, Hip Hop, Folk and more, The Palms have effortlessly combined their love of ALL popular music to create a fresh, uplifting sound, resulting in the perfect soundtrack to a summer night in Los Angeles. The need to makemusic without barriers or inhibitions is what initially inspired Johnny Zambetti and Ben Rothbard to explore artistic ideas outside of their band Terraplane Sun. Before they knew it, The Palms were born.

From there, the band started to make their presence known. After reaching #1 on the HypeMachine Most Popular Track's list, being featured in publications such as Interview Mag, and charting on KCRW's MBE and Spotify's Viral UK charts, the band knew that their music was connecting with listeners in a positive way. Over 50 Million of streams and Youtube views later, The Palms have made it clear that they're here to stay and the momentum is only intensifying.

After spending the back half of '18 in the studio with Rob Schnapf (Beck, Kurt Vile, Elliot Smith etc.), The Palms are poised to make 2019 their biggest year yet, with the release of their upcoming EP, Televised Daydream and a national headlining tour to follow.

The Palms unmistakeable sound, style, songwriting and DIY approach has helped create their distinct place in today's musical landscape. It is the message behind their songs however, that The Palms hope will make the greatest impact. Nina Simone said it best: "How can you be an artist and not reflect the times."

"The Palms have shifted toward creating music that is as catchy as pop, yet melded with poignant elements of blues, hip-hop, rock, and reggae. Rothbard's distinct vocals also invite the listener into each track, allowing the duo's intended messages to come through while simultaneously leaving space for individual interpretations."
- Interview Magazine
Bay Ledges
Bay Ledges
Bay Ledges makes indie-pop with the power to transport you to a sunnier time and place, an alternate dimension lit in the hazy glow of some faraway memory. On the L.A.-based band’s new single “I Remember,” singer/songwriter Zach Hurd magnifies that bittersweet mood with bright guitar riffs, airy synth lines, and summery grooves built on tightly sculpted beats. And in the lyrics—often delivered in spirited duet with Hurd’s sister Georgia—Bay Ledges channels a potent nostalgia for the simplicity of childhood. Made in collaboration with Miro Mackie (producer/songwriter/engineer known for his work with The Neighbourhood and St. Vincent), “I Remember” brings a certain wistful self-awareness to its wide-eyed reflection. “When Georgia and I were writing the lyrics, we talked a lot about those summers when we were really young, before we had to get a job or have any kind of responsibility,” says Hurd, who took the name Bay Ledges from a plot of land his grandparents owned in the Maine woods. “In a way it’s documenting the end of that carefree time and the start of the transition into adulthood, and everything else that comes along with that.”
In addition to crafting the song’s lyrics around idyllic details from his own childhood—wandering home from school with his sisters, daydreaming in the grass near their house in Bath, Maine—Hurd drew a great deal of inspiration from the latest season of Stranger Things. “I really love the way it takes you back in time through the music, clothing, and cinematic style,” he says. “It made me want to write a song that teleports you like that.” Hurd and Mackie achieved that effect partly by making ample use of vintage production gear, an element that lends the track a gracefully timeworn feel. “I Remember” marks Bay Ledges’ first release since 2017’s Fountain Tropical, an EP featuring their breakthrough single “Safe.” Soulful and sweetly melodic, “Safe” embodies the newfound feeling of possibility that Hurd discovered in moving to L.A. after spending a few years in New York City. At first, he had no intention of releasing the song—it was simply one of the many tracks he’d written and recorded on his own, purely as a means of reconnecting with the solace he’d found in making music as a kid. “It was just something to do for fun and to explore, without ever laboring over anything,” recalls Hurd, who was working in a restaurant and had purposely put his music career on the backburner. Still, at the urging of his sisters and friends, Hurd eventually released “Safe” online. Despite making little effort to promote the song, it quickly landed on Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist, climbed up the Global Viral chart, and ultimately paved the way for Bay Ledges’ signing to S-Curve Records. In songs like “Safe” and “I Remember,” Bay Ledges shows the timeless sensibilities and playful experimentation Hurd has long brought to his music. Raised on The Band, Beach Boys, and Aretha Franklin records his parents spun at home, he began playing guitar in middle school and writing songs in his early teens, then later cut his teeth playing open-mic nights in college. Since starting Bay Ledges he’s expanded the live band to a four-piece, and begun taking the stage at festivals like SandJam Fest in Panama City and Emerge Impact + Music in Las Vegas. At the same time, Hurd’s also infused new energy into his creative process, largely by adopting a more beat-driven approach to songcraft. “I’ve been more and more inspired by some of the hip-hop production I’ve heard, and looked for ways to bring in some of those elements in terms of rhythm and space,” says Hurd. “There’s a lot out right now that’s very minimal, as opposed to ‘How big can we make this sound?’ I like the idea of seeing what you can do with the most essential pieces of a song, rather than trying to layer more synth on or add four more guitars. It’s just really fun to keep on exploring style and figure out the sonic language of this band.”
With appearances at festivals like KAABOO Del Mar, Quebec City Summer Festival, and Summerfest now on tap for Bay Ledges, Hurd aims to continue merging that sense of exploration with a deliberately hopeful spirit. “With a song like ‘I Remember,’ I was partly trying to capture the feeling of that time in your life when you’re not afraid to dream,” he says. “I think it’s important that a song takes you to a place in your mind that’s more connected to that dreaming. Even when I’m writing a song about heartbreak, I still want people to feel good, and come away with some kind of optimism.”