Written by: Robert Otero
The Alberta Street Pub will host a killer line-up of local bands this Friday. Sea-Tac based Motopony will join Portland’s Rare Monk and indie-folk duo Hammerhead, whom will be releasing their latest single.
After facing many line-up setbacks over the course of 2016, Rare Monk released their experimental indie-rock record: A Future, this summer. It is their first release in several years and is tinged with sweeping guitar work and sophisticated harmonies. Very few shows are on their docket as of now so be sure to catch them while you can.
Motopony’s music is enigmatic and derives from a place of intention. Frontman Daniel Blue displays intrepid craftsmanship within his sound and lyricism. The band sprung forth from his shamanic-like devotion to harboring a harmonic relationship with all things in life whether great or small, tangible or abstract. Motopony weaves a tasteful sound of guitar driven pop with heady themes and big arrangements. It seems unlikely many more chances to experience their show in the cozy confines of a venue like Alberta Street Pub will be available.
Hammerhead opens the show on the strength of their new single: Way Back When. Treading the waters of Portland’s music scene since 2015, they managed to find their way onto Willamette Week’s “Best Of” list in 2016. Their earnest brand of engaging folk music reads larger than their 2-person roster might suggest. Their willingness to reach outside of what are considered the bounds of indie-folk music separates the group from other acts which would be labeled within the same genre.
Tickets are $10. Doors open at 8:30pm. Show is at 9:00pm.