"Harold's IGA is always in flux. Named after a defunct grocery store in North Idaho, this indie folk rock band doesn't take itself too seriously. The songs written by front man Ben Olson are all wildly different, fluctuating from folk melodies to indie rock ballads to electronic fugues. They defy easy classification. There is a delightfully different sense of weirdness in each track. Some are melodic and thoughtful, others syncopated and pedal-driven, still others with an infusion of Northwest cowboy. Think rural cowboys who grew up listening to Radiohead and Neil Young in the backwoods while drinking cheap whiskey.
Jesse Gunn lays down the foundation for the band with a smooth, jumping bass line. He also doubles as the studio engineer and has recorded all of Harold's IGA's albums. Cadie Archer seems to play a different instrument on every track. In a single set, she'll play the piano, accordion, banjo, ukulele, glockenspiel, percussion, slide whistle, and musical saw. It is this constant change of instrumentation that makes each Harold's song truly different. Holly McGarry joins the band when she's not attending the Berklee School of Music in Boston. Holly's beautiful, smokey voice provides the harmonies on Harold's tracks, and she joins in on the electric guitar and banjo.
For the Portland swing of Harold's tour, Matthew Weatherman and Jenna Bowers will join the band. Matthew plays the musical saw and flugelhorn, Jenna is featured on violin. Together, they lay down a subtle melodic harmony to the songs that compliment the band nicely."
Known for their intricate melodies and a passion for avoiding the traditional boundaries of genres, Promise the Moon is the powerful pairing of Portland-based songwriters Brance Pearson and Maggie Gibson. Their original songs are crafted on foundations of folk and roots rock traditions and are infused with a rich variety of musical influences that pay tribute to blues, rock, and pop classics. The resulting effect is something they affectionately call "heart beat folk".