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Pure Bathing Culture

An album release celebration with PDX purveyors of dream pop

Pure Bathing Culture

King Who, Kacey Johansing

Sat, August 25

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

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$13.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

Pure Bathing Culture
Pure Bathing Culture
Pure Bathing Culture, the musical identity of Portland’s Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman, make music instantly identifiable, yet utterly personal - and now they’re ready to bring new work and ecstatic live performances to their loyal audience. As Sarah and Daniel describe their new work, it’s about “… love and perseverance, the feeling that if we protect each other and if we protect what we love, there is nothing we can't endure or become.”

The Pure Bathing Culture story begins when Sarah and Daniel befriended one another on the first day of freshman orientation at New Jersey’s William Paterson University. In 2009, 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.

Since then the band has released two records on Partisan Records and toured nationally with such acts as Death Cab For Cutie, The Shins, Father John Misty, and many more. In 2017, Pure Bathing Culture took on the welcome task of re-recording the classic album Hats by The Blue Nile. Recorded in their home studio, Versprille and Hindman honored an album that has inspired their own music. “Our whole experience so far making music together as Pure Bathing Culture feels like a product of something inside of ourselves that we needed to let out into the world but also something completely beyond us as well,” says Sarah. “The feeling continues for us with The Blue Nile’s Hats.” Hats is available now on vinyl LP via Turntable Kitchen (https://www.turntablekitchen.com/sounds-delicious/).
King Who
King Who
King Who refines its sound on a dreamy sophomore release, Giant Eye, both rounding edges and expanding landscapes. New wave, post-punk, and dream pop rhythms seep through this bass heavy record. The vaguely dystopian lyrics and toe-tapping bite swim in echoing waves, wallowing in the reverb currents. The intoxicating 8-song album is packed with beautiful, soaring melodies and powerful rhythm-forward tunes, driven by the silky and emotive vocals of frontman Michael Young. Spill Magazine

Portland, Oregon’s psychedelic dream-pop outfit King Who released a new album August 17, 2018 titled Giant Eye, produced by Hutch Harris of The Thermals. The band is currently performing Giant Eye in its entirety along with selections from their first album Us Lights.
Kacey Johansing
Kacey Johansing
“It seems great opportunities come in blessings as well as tragedies,” Kacey Johansing sings on the title track of her third album, “The Hiding”. After the breakup of her band Yesway, and an abrupt falling out with her closest musical collaborator, Johansing set out to record a new batch of songs that resulted from the sea change in which she had now found herself. Instead of drawing from her regular band, Johansing pulled from a wider cast of players that she’d come to know in the community of musicians throughout California and the West Coast. The resulting sound is one based wholly and unabashedly in pop. Nods to Christine McVie and Fleetwood Mac can be heard, but Johansing brings these sounds to a modern stage, blending her ethereal vocals with effervescent synthesizer washes and reverberating open-tuned guitar. Recorded at Panoramic House in Stinson Beach, where Kacey worked as caretaker, as well as at home in Bolinas, on a ridge above the cloud layer in Big Sur, and at a friend’s studio in Portland, the album also serves as a document of Kacey’s time spent traveling in search of the sound she was after. After finishing initial tracking, and still reeling from the heartbreak of losing her musical community, Johansing found a necessary move was in order. Landing somewhat-blindly in Los Angeles, she continued to work on the album and hold it close. The end result is “The Hiding”, a tone poem about loss, growth and “leaving the insular beauty of a tight-knit community,” as Johansing describes it. The release of “The Hiding” comes at a time when Johansing is deeply longing to emerge from her extended absence and reconnect with her desire to create and share her music.

“The Hiding” is set for release June 2 on Night Bloom Records, a label Johansing founded with Real Estate’s Alex Bleeker and longtime-friend and songwriter Jeff Manson.

Kacey Johansing was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and raised in the mountain towns of Colorado. After leaving Berklee College of Music in Boston, Johansing relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she spent a decade creating a community of musicians, artists and filmmakers, co-founded the duo Yesway, and released two solo albums. She has toured internationally and shared the stage with such acts as Kings of Convenience, Angel Olsen, Chris Cohen and Little Wings, and has collaborated with members of My Morning Jacket, Real Estate, Fruit Bats and The Range of Light Wilderness. She is currently preparing for the release of her third album, “The Hiding”, on her own Night Bloom Records. Johansing lives and works in Los Angeles.