Focus! Focus! is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Elly Swope. She loves fuzz pedals, folk music, and a good head-banger. Swope is joined on stage by multi-instrumentalist, Victoria Valenzuela, bassist Josh Clark, and drummer Jesse Sandoval.
Months began as the home recording project of Wilson Vediner (Point Juncture, WA) and evolved into a band in 2012 with the addition of Aaron Robert Miller (Gooses, Deer or the Doe) on guitar and vocals, Courtney Sheedy (PJWA, Swim Swam Swum, ioa) on bass, and Will Hattman (Down Gown, Jana Osta, At Dusk) on drums. Vediner, whose aggressive guitar-playing has been a constant on Portland stages for more than a decade, had to be coaxed by his bandmates to get behind a microphone. With Miller’s trademark howl providing a thrilling backbone to Vediner’s vulnerable melodies, the dueling vocalists in Months evoke Fugazi at their sweetest. The rhythm section of Sheedy and Hattman adds a breakneck intensity throughout, and on the album’s centerpiece, “Annihilation,” the band reaches a peculiar euphoria that offers no release.
Conceived in July 2010 by multi-instrumentalist Chazz Bessette, Silver Ships is a dedication to carefully crafted home recordings and live shows showing a true dedication to good musicianship and well executed shows.