Hollie Cook

Tropical reggae & lovers pop from West London

Hollie Cook

Just Pretend

Fri, July 20

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

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$14.00 - $16.00

This event is 21 and over

Hollie Cook
Hollie Cook
Hollie Cook combines her unique vocal talent with charming charisma to craft her own dynamic strand of lovers rock with enduring tropical vibes, weaving a path from her West London roots to an arena of diverse collaborations, critically acclaimed records, and iconic live appearances around the world. Cook’s ability to continually surprise, delight, and progress solidifies her position as one of the most exciting voices in reggae, and this is crystal clear on her third full-length and Merge debut, Vessel of Love.

Cook’s music career commenced early when family friend and punk trailblazer Ari Up asked Cook, age 19 at the time, to join the raucous ’70s feminist UK post-punk outfit The Slits for their reformation in 2006. She thrived on being thrown into the deep end and quickly cut her teeth with four years of back-to-back shows around the globe. Her talents recognized and nurtured, she then released her first solo album Hollie Cook in 2011, with a revered 2012 dub album follow-up, while singles such as “Milk & Honey” and “That Very Night” gained support from influential radio stations across Europe. After performing at The Stone Roses concert at Manchester’s Heaton Park at the personal request of Ian Brown, and her hypnotic performance on the prestigious Later…With Jools Holland, the way was paved for Hollie’s solo career to take off.

For someone who claimed “it’s hard for a band to really stand out and shake up the world,” Cook was certainly making a good go of proving herself wrong. By the end of 2014, Jamie T had requested her support for his Alexandra Palace show and featured her on his track “They Told Me It Rained.” Cook had also unleashed Twice via Mr. Bongo Records, and with Mike “Prince Fatty” Pelanconi once again aiding in the album’s conception, Cook confidently delivered with her follow-up to a well-received debut. In the wake of another successful release, Hollie hit the road with both The Skints and Protoje, and lent her vocal talent to Quantic’s “Shuffle Them Shoes” single, which also featured on his 1000 Watts album.

Acclaimed legendary producer Martin “Youth” Glover is Cook’s most recent collaborator, lending his venerable production expertise to Vessel of Love. His success with Killing Joke is only surpassed by his enduring reputation as one of the most prolific producers in the UK. “I’m very honored to work with Hollie, one of the most exciting emerging singers and writers over the last ten years,” says Glover. Hollie Cook sits in good company on his impressive production list, joining the likes of Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, The Verve, Primal Scream, Pink Floyd, and Depeche Mode. Glover describes Cook’s songs as “sharp lyrical observations and clever word play combined with an exquisite and informed pop sensibility,” and they are only elevated by Glover’s production on Vessel of Love, in particular the singles “Survive” and “Freefalling” as well as deeper cuts like “Ghostly Fading” and “Together.”

Hollie Cook’s vibrant, spirited take on lovers rock radiates positivity, and with Vessel of Love, expect to see her on top of the tropical throne of pop in 2018!
Just Pretend
Just Pretend
Portland-based trio Just Pretend plays loop-based pop heavily influenced by jazz, minimalism, electronic and trip hop. Led by Emily Warden’s softly assertive vocals, Just Pretend’s sound floats and bubbles with the precise, expressive drumming of Darian Anthony Patrick and the perfectly groovy pulse of Kyle Merrifield on electric bass. When Warden and Merrifield pick up their saxophones, the sound of the band expands far beyond what one would expect from a trio, clearly looking to the future with a loving nod to the past.

The trio first performed together in the afro-beat influenced band Cherimoya, forming a tight bond based on similar tastes and a passion for live performance.

Previously known primarily as a saxophonist, Emily Warden (vocals, keys, alto saxophone) has recently focused on singing and songwriting, using loops, keyboards and synths to orchestrate her ideas beneath her soaring, softly assertive voice. She brings a technical prowess and attention to detail from her background in classical and jazz, while a love of pop and neo-soul shows in her memorable, satisfying melodies and catchy hooks.

Bassist and tenor saxophonist Kyle Merrifield, a Portland native, studied clarinet performance at the prestigious University of North Texas. Upon returning to Portland, Kyle began playing in a number of funk, soul, and hip-hop bands around town, including Funk Squad and Tribe Mars.

Since relocating from Philadelphia to Portland in 2014, drummer Darian Anthony Patrick (BESOS, Dirty Revival, Fresh Track, Portland Kora Project) has become a fixture in the Portland music scene. As a student of Ghanaian master percussionist Israel Annoh, Darian explores complex Afro-Caribbean and West African rhythmic traditions, and their convergence with lounge, trip-hop, and electronic styles.