Portland is one of the most fertile hotspots in America for heavy bands these days. Unfortunately also on the other side of the country from where I live, so I’m not exactly as in the loop as I might otherwise like to be with what’s going on over there. The entire Pacific Northwest, actually. It’s a blur to me of coffeeshops and laid back tube-amp worshipers. Throw in a craft beer or two and it’s heavy rock heaven.
Anyway, I mention it as my (poor) excuse for having missed the release last week of the self-titled full-length debut of Towers. The PDX-native trio dropped Towers on Sept. 27 via their Bandcamp, and since I’d previously On the Radar-ized the band, it seemed only fair to keep up with what they have going on. For anyone in the Portland area, they’ll be playing a show next Friday, Oct. 12, at Plan B with Stoneburner (also killer), Brooklyn’s own Hull, who are out demolishing the countryside, and Satya Sena, who apparently have some connection to Secret Chiefs 3. More info is on Thee Facebooks if you want to check it out.
It works out to finish this week with a Portland band as well, since next week I’ll be reviewing the new record from Doomsower, who are also natives to the City of Roses. That’s a good one and something to stay tuned for, and I’ll also have writeups on Graveyard and interviews with Curse the Son and BerT, as well as a curated playlist from Brooklyn avant doomers Bezoar, who impressed a couple months back when I saw them with Witch Mountain and Pilgrim at the ol’ Saint Vitus bar. And speaking of New York, Ben Smith from The Brought Low is doing an acoustic gig in Manhattan on Sunday night, and I think I might hit that up if the timing works out. As ever, I have a ton of work to do this weekend, including gathering the tracks for that Bezoar playlist, so we’ll see.
Work’s likely also to keep me from seeing Clamfight in Philly tomorrow with garage thrash duo Rukut and Wizard Eye at The Station. That would be badass to see, but I doubt I’ll be able to swing it, as I have some stuff coming up this week I’ll need to prepare for, mentally and practically. If you can make it, I obviously highly recommend doing so. The flyer is here.
And on that note, I’m gonna bail and go crash out. I hope you’re enjoying the Towers record above (some pretty fucked up stuff on it like the noise in “Western World Death Blow,” but I dig), and wherever you are and whatever your plans may or may not be for the next couple days, I hope you have a great and safe weekend, that you check in on the forum and come back here Monday as well for more fuzz-laden verbiage and genre-minded whathaveyou.
Tags: Oregon, Portland, Towers, Towers band Portland, Unsigned bands