Sonny And The Sunsets

Resident presents

Sonny And The Sunsets

Part Time, Psychomagic, Reptaliens

Tue · March 21, 2017

8:00 pm

$10.00 - $13.00

This event is 21 and over

Sonny And The Sunsets
Sonny And The Sunsets
The modern age sends love letters on yellowed, empty pages. It's got telepathic advice gurus in its timeline and
deep sea creatures washing up on its shores. It's got plugs, buttons, and illusions, and a grocery store whose aisles
correspond to Dante's infernal circles, plus a nebulous sense of ephemeral weirdness. It's got Moods Baby Moods and
the existential angst it yields has Sonny Smith in a funk, but he's turned it into funk.

On previous records, the Sunsets have plundered a wide spectrum of musical appropriation (garage-rock, forgotten
AM radio fodder, Modern Lovers, late-era Clash, Doo-Wop, and the Velvet Underground, to name a few.) Mood
Baby Moods follows suit, and on this outing we find the Sunsets, along with producer Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs,
repurposing early '80s funk and new wave with rap beats and collages from both sides of the ocean (be it Niles
Rogers, Jah Wobble, The Gap Band, Orange Juice, Trans-era Neil Young or The Tom Tom Club.) These are songs that
juxtapose the haze of today with a vibrant and colorful explosion of sounds and 180 degree turns.

Sonny's gift for vivid storytelling is no secret. His last album with the Sunsets, Talent Night at the Ashram, was
peopled by characters he'd created for scripts that never saw the light of day. He greeted 2016 with a solo LP (Sees
All Knows All) that involved no singing at all — a winding tale of one musician's quest to find himself set to music.
Moods Baby Moods is no less inventive and arguably more musically sophisticated than Smith's previous records.

"Death Cream Part 2" picks up a comic book tale started on 2009's Tomorrow Is Alright, tracing that titular tube of
heinous goop back to a grocery store/hell. "Modern Age" transfers from a party to a string quartet, with elements of
dub, while the narrator comes to grips with meaninglessness – 'modern age/nothing to say.' "Well but Strangely Hung
Men" bridges a gap between Franz Kafka, Sigmund Freud and Richard Brautigan over a driving post disco beat.

The real life cast supporting Moods Baby Moods is fittingly rife with outsider talent. Garbus' voice can be heard
throughout. Shayde Sartin's bass, Edmund Xavier's drum machine beats and Smith's guitar form the foundations, and
regular Tahlia Harbour continues her back and forth banter with Smith. Cold Beat's Hannah Lew brings a Kleenex/
Young Marble Giants flavor to the songs. Shannon Shaw and Jibz Cameron drop by for a skit, and Kaznary Mutoh of
Tokyo's Boys Age lends guitars and garbles the outro of "Modern Age."

Lyrically, Smith is playing with the grand themes of today. In his search for purpose in the cruel realities of the
modern age, he's trying to make sense out of chaos and suffering, and to find a way to live and be real. This is not
an easy task in a time of synthetic feelings ("Moods"), computer created confusion ("Modern Age"), climate change
("Dead Meat on the Beach"), civil rights abuse ("White Cops on Trial"), and the uneasy feeling of numbness in our
chaotic world ("Check Out").

But in the final moments of Moods Baby Moods, Sonny delivers a line that not only speaks truth to his philosophy
as played out across his career, but to what it means to be human in any era, regardless of our relationships with
technology, spirituality, authority, or art: "I'm full of love, and shit, all the time."
Part Time
Part Time
From his apartment in The Tenderloin, David Speck languidly jams out a soundtrack to the happily half-wasted lives of a San Franciscan generation. Effortlessly stacking his hazy vibes sky high, the debut album What Would You Say? released on Mexican Summer was a glorious mix of post-Cure pop rubbing up against West Coast boogie, surfguitars and Krautrock grooves, all with the intimacy of a house party performance.

Having left Daniel Gottlieb of Altered Zones pondering whether Part Time is "the unintentionally great project of a poster-adoring musician away from the day job", Speck's warm, half-dissolved home production modestly betrays the brilliant song writing evident throughout his record. Sharing the sensibilities and musicianship of the 80s generation that so obviously inspires him, Part Time instead wraps it in something bright, earnest and - well, we don't often say this, but - really sexy.

The angular funk and twang, synth twinkles and keyboard brass, cowbells and relaxed vocals therefore easily become something new and perfectly placed. It's the buzz of local bars full of beautiful, every-day people, steadily getting more drunk and in love as the night slides by. It's karaoke booths and fizzing neon signs, bare legs and denim,
cigarettes, Polaroids and spilled beer bottles. But more than anything, it's the blurry memories of the night before and waking up next to someone outrageously hot.
Psychomagic
Psychomagic
Psycho. Magic. What else do you gots to know?

Lolipop Records.
Reptaliens
Reptaliens
Bambi and Cole met on a basketball court, filming a music video for a band that didn't have any music. After dating for six months, the two married under a blanket of smoke from the season's forest fires.

Reptaliens quickly evolved from a conceptual collage of ideas into the bedroom recording project for the duo, captured with analog synthesizers, electric guitars, and melodic bass lines, and tape delayed vocals telling stories of science fiction, obsession, and transhumanism.
As long time, active participants in the Portland music scene, Bambi and Cole call on a number of talented musicians to guest on songs throughout the entirety of Reptaliens' recordings and live performances. The band embraces the captivity of their audience with their sincere and theatrical performances.
Venue Information:
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