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Friday, March 14 • 7:30pm - 8:00pm
A Weather

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From deep within the confines of the storied Portland mist comes indie-folk outfit A Weather and their debut album, Cove, out March 4th on Team Love. A postcard from the green and gray environs of Portland, Cove is moody and warm, rife with odes of looming loss, hopeful notes to self and hushed revelations that speak directly to the yearning heart. Produced by Adam Selzer (M. Ward, The Decemberists, Norfolk and Western), the songs on Cove are marked with an intimacy so striking that it feels like you’re eavesdropping on the pillow talk of two forlorn lovers. Indeed, this is music to curl up with. At the core of A Weather’s warm, soft-spoken sounds are the comely vocals of frontman/singer/songwriter Aaron Gerber and singer/drummer Sarah Winchester. With remarkable restraint and understated delivery, their harmonies trace each other, cross paths, diverge and intertwine, undercutting the gravity of AWeather’s material. “In one way Cove is a catalogue of closely observed moments and particulars,” says Gerber. “In another it is an oddly inspirational document of transience and entropy and trying to keep yourself together when things are falling apart.” Cove swells with layers of sound (organs, Mellotron, percussion) and then drifts downward into moments of sparse acoustic guitar or a single piano. Winchester’s drumming (using only an upturned bass drum, a snare and a cymbal) is rock solid, uncluttered and highly musical. Meanwhile, guitarist Zach Boyle’s meandering, sinewy lines of electric guitar have been compared to a babbling brook – and why argue with that? It's been a relatively short journey from A Weather’s first house show to their current status as the new kids on the Team Love block – though a journey crammed with hard work, dedication, empty bottles of Gatorade, Fleetwood Mac-style love affairs, tears, laughter and a great deal of excitement. The band came into its current line-up – Gerber, Winchester, Boyle, guitarist Aaron Krenkel and bassist Louis Thomas – over the holiday season of 2006. In a year’s time, A Weather has received generous media buzz for its "lush folk," "bedroom bards," "quiet folk-pop," “darkly fuzzy, warm and tender acoustic folk-pop" and "hush-pop.” They’ve shared the stage with the likes of Bright Eyes as well as Portland’s The Builders and the Butchers, Gregory Miles Harris, Laura Gibson and Bark, Hide and Horn. And A Weather was signed to Team Love, who released the group’s first seven-inch record, "The Feather Test” w/ “One More One Night Stand," in the spring of 2007. As for Cove, there’s a great amount of wit and subtle humor accompanying all of the sad stuff, while there is always a sense of self-consciousness woven throughout. “Spiders, Snakes” opens the record with an immediately catchy drum riff, joined by a plodding, mournful Fender Rhodes. The song explores ideas of faith and doubt with a see-sawing verse melody, a beautifully souring chorus and a bridge section that rhymes “cinnamon buns” and “water guns.” “Pinky Toe,” an undulating opus of a song, is concerned primarily with feeling like a stubbed toe. “Screw Up Your Courage,” a swinging, almost sexy-sounding song, ends with Gerber and Winchester crooning the phrase "Ask me again," over and over, in a unison that goes out of phase with itself only to rejoin perfectly for the finale. “Pilot's Arrow” uses images of airports, arrows and shooting people out of cannons to describe a failing relationship. “It's Good To Know” is beautifully straightforward, with lyrics taking note of how nice it feels to check things off of lists, of watching small birds at the side of an English lake, of shopping carts with a wobbling wheel, and basically just how things are. The song and the record culminate in the final chorus: "It's good to know when good things will arrive." It’s good to know that A Weather – and Cove – have arrived.
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Friday March 14, 2008 7:30pm - 8:00pm
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