The Rubens

Soulful alt-rock from Australian 5-piece

The Rubens

The Domestics, Slater Smith (of The Weather Machine)

Fri, March 9

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

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

The Rubens
The Rubens
The Rubens are a five-piece alternative rock band originally from Menangle, New South Wales. The band comprises the three Margin brothers, Elliott, Zaac and Sam as well as friends Scott Baldwin and William Zeglis. The bands 2016 sophomore album, Hoops, is now certified ARIA Gold while their title track is now ARIA Certified Platinum and was awarded #1 on Triple J Hottest 100 Chart. The band have also opened for several major acts including Bruce Springsteen, The Black Keys and Grouplove.
The Domestics
The Domestics
LITTLE DARKNESS was born at Flora Recording & Playback, the renowned Portland facility where Michael Finn works alongside studio owner/producer Tucker Martine. Having assisted and engineered more than 35 albums with Martine – including works by The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, and Neko Case – this time Finn found himself on the other side of the glass with songwriter and bandmate Leo London tirelessly pushing their band in ambitious new directions. The Domestics spent a solid month at Flora building and developing LITTLE DARKNESS; 16-hour days, seven days a week, in which the duo took full advantage of the studio’s limitless possibilities in pursuit of something truly unique and powerful. Indeed, songs like “Love That Dress” and “Going Down The Wrong Way” add remarkable new shades to The Domestics’ frank and inventive musical approach. The two tunesmiths set the intimate songs amidst immersive and exhilarating arrangements, amplifying their personal potency. Traditional instrumentation was wed throughout the process with wide ranging sonic ambition; found sounds, creative tape loops, and waves of harmonic distortion. The result is both idiosyncratic and indelible, rich with ingenious originality, broken-hearted lyricism, and riveting creative passion.

The Domestics and their self-titled debut album arrived in 2015 and earned instant applause from a range of high profile media outlets. SPIN named the band one of “Five Artists To Watch,” praising THE DOMESTICS’ “gritty guitars, lo-fi drums, and breezy unison melodies,” declaring the eponymous album to be “a heart-on-its sleeve affair, loaded with wistful tunes steeped in the tradition of the great American rock song.” “The Domestics are not entering the indie scene quietly,” noted Paste. “Rather, (they are) starting out with a strong, loud and joyful sound.” “Demurely charming,” raved The Nerdist. “You can easily glean the authenticity of the group’s emotional earnestness.”

Hailed for their eclectic and energetic live shows, The Domestics will celebrate LITTLE DARKNESS with a winter west coast tour, set to get underway December 2nd at Los Angeles’ Bootleg Theater. For details and ticket information, please visit www.the-domestics.com/tour.
Slater Smith (of The Weather Machine)
Slater Smith (of The Weather Machine)
On April Fools Day 2013, Portland-based project The Weather Machine released their first full-length album after a blustery winter of recording on the Oregon Coast. With its strong ties to the region, the band roots itself firmly in a Pacific Northwest folk aesthetic, but holds on tight to a hard-hitting love for alt-rock. The result is wonderfully hard to categorize – The Weather Machine has been compared to everything from The Kinks, to Josh Ritter and Hey Marseilles.

After a short six months of gigging, The Weather Machine quickly gained a reputation as one of Portland’s notable up-and-comers. In the summer of 2013 the band partnered with Oregon Film and Oregon State Parks to tour the entire state of Oregon, collecting footage for their debut ‘Back O’er Oregon’ music video. They released the song along with their B-side ‘Slow Dance Slow’ through Portland label Tender Loving Empire on December 3rd to coincide with the video’s release.

The Weather Machine began in earnest when singer/songwriter Slater Smith and guitarist Colin Robson met at an open-mic in Pacific City in March of 2012. The two decided to team up to record Smith’s songs at Robson’s then brand new studio, Kiwanda Sound Recordings. The two brought in bassist Jack Martin, cellist Matthew Cartimill, and drummer Tanner Smith (Slater’s brother) to bring body to the record. Since the album’s release, Corey Kintzi joined the roster as a second drummer, and the band began to develop an even more collaborative approach. The Weather Machine is currently writing their second album, and plans to release the sophomore full-length in the near future.