When: Sat., Aug. 31 2013
folk/indie/experimental, 10 p.m.
Nothing is fishy about Patrick Morales and his haunting indie folk ballads — except for his inspiration, that is. The Athens, Ga.-based Viking Progress was formed amid the “bellows of whales and the smell of diesel and fish,” according to the band’s Facebook page. Morales explains exactly what all of that means. “Shortly after college, I took a job working on commercial fishing vessels as a fisheries biologist in the Bering Sea. While on two boats, The Viking and The Progress, I wrote a collection of songs,” he says. “I spent my downtime on the boats writing in small deck closets with a hand-held recorder set to its own soundtrack of diesel boat noise. That low hum would serve as a guide and the backdrop for my record.” Once back on land, Morales was joined by Lemuel Hayes on drums, Nick Mallis on bass, and McKendrick Bearden on guitar for the recording of 2012’s Whistling While The End Is Near, an end-of-the-world obsessed mashup that has hints of the Beatles, the Elephant Six collective, Built to Spill, and the Decemberists. Morales is currently working on a collection of home recordings for a limited release and a full-length studio album in the fall. —Kalyn Oyer SATURDAY