What happens when you combine the female forces behind projects such as Duover, Orquestra Pacifico Tropical, Point Juncture WA, Ioa, Great Wilderness, and Sallie Ford? This is where Bitch'n brews. The fresh, all-woman punk-meets-pop five-piece came together in spring 2015, recording epic free jams that they later wrote lyrics over. Including Rebecca Rasmussen, Amanda Spring, Emily Overstreet, Nefertiti Porter, and Shana Lindbeck. Bitch'n is equal parts Fugazi and Tom Tom Club, with the playfulness of Dirty Projectors and Hot Chip, keeping it bumpin' with catchy songs accented by dark bass, psych-pop guitars and keys, driving drum beats, and all five women's voices singing and sometimes shouting in unison. Experimental in nature, Bitch'n expertly weave a tapestry through their songs, keeping the project from falling into a single box, while simultaneously following a cohesive thread.
Beach Fire is Sloan Martin's new project. After the death of drummer Kipp Crawford from his old project Celilo the band realized things would never be the same. Sloan moved to LA to get his musical bearings, discovered new musical heroes and influences, and came back with some rock and roll songs stripped of all the alt.country twang and briefly formed Steel Head to test out this new style only to start playing piano to while away the rain blues and that set him off into another musical direction: back-beat, soulful pop injected with some disco and Pink Floyd type ambiance. Even in Portland the shoe gazers dance!