When: Sat., Dec. 6 2014
graveyard stomp, slide, Americana, 10 p.m.
Portland, Ore.’s Strangled Darlings take bits and pieces from all over the musical spectrum to create a type of Americana they like to call graveyard stomp. “The childhood influences of bands like Tom Waits, the Beastie Boys, and The Pogues led to some of the more dissonant tones,” says cellist Jess Anderly. “But the other source for the sound of the band is the economy and the state of indie music.” Along with mandolin player, George Veech, Anderly creates gloomy pop composed primarily of minor keys that still make you want to dance off the melancholy. “We have been focusing the sound of the band to fit a niche market,” says Anderly. “The music won’t necessarily be mainstream, but there are a bunch of little buried treasures in the tunes that hopefully will appeal to certain listeners.” Strangled Darlings are set to officially release their latest effort Boom Stomp King in March but have been sneaking a few pre-release copies to fans at their latest live shows. When the duo isn’t busy during their grueling tour schedule, they are writing nonstop. “You’d be surprised how much down time you have even when touring full time. Write a lot of half-finished songs and eventually the idea starts to focus,” says Anderly. “Usually, something emotional triggers the floating idea to precipitate or crystallize. Say a cop shoots another unarmed teenager, that kind of thing.” —J. Chapa SATURDAY