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Fri, Apr 12

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Portland

Cytrus, The Quick & Easy Boys, Super Secret Band

This is a MONSTEROUS three-band bill made up of some of the best jam & funk bands in the PNW!

Cytrus, The Quick & Easy Boys, Super Secret Band
Cytrus, The Quick & Easy Boys, Super Secret Band

Time & Location

Apr 12, 2024, 9:00 PM

Portland, 615 SE Alder St Ste. B, Portland, OR 97214, USA

About The Event

Cytrus

In the world of music, the term “fusion” tends to raise eyebrows. Yet, the sonic explorers of Seattle octuplet Cytrus have spent the last three years crafting a debut that draws deftly from a broad melodic palette, melding distinct stylistic threads into a cohesive creative voice. Relax, and the grooves will flow through your soul. Concentrate, and you’ll find yourself tumbling through an immaculately constructed alternate reality when melody and rhythm dance hand in hand through spacetime.

Shaped by Jared Squires (guitar/vocals), Luke Nevills (bass/keys), Brandon Hailey (saxophone), Owen Mayo (keys/guitar), Trevor Church (drums), Alex Dean (synth/keys), Sean Connelly (vocals/keys), and Connor Merritt (aux percussion), Cytrus mines psychedelic funk, disco, electronic, rock, soul, hip-hop. Flowing through kaleidoscopic transitions, the band’s juicy synths and brass-powered grooves coalesce into an undeniable, hypnotic wall of sound.

Cytrus began when two Everett, WA bands found themselves mixing in the same shared rehearsal space. Finding they shared an ethos and approach to songcraft, Bunk Foss & HopSol merged, and Cytrus was born. The songs on Concentrate arose organically; some grew from sketches crafted by subgroups with the band where were then expanded upon in a full band setting. Others began as purely improvised sessions with the full octet which were later arranged. Yet all ultimately come from the conflux of individuality and collaboration.

Independently recorded at their rehearsal space, and mixed and mastered in-house, Concentrate is in every sense D.I.Y. In addition to the core group, the record features appearances byJason Cressey (trombone), Shyam Sunder Joseph Raja (tablas), and Connor Merritt (didgeridoo). After recording Concentrate, Merritt has joined the band full time as auxiliary percussion player.

Thematically, the record charts the philosophical, emotional journey from darkness to light.  Starting from blissful ignorance, we then grapple with a sense of irrelevance when faced with the enormity of reality. Undeterred, we vow to pursue the search for truth and purpose. Finally, at the nexus of spirituality and psychedelics, we find awakening. “Concentrate is a metaphor of the pursuit of happiness/fulfillment, which we all seek in our personal stories of life” explains Squires. “The “Juice” can be found at the end of that path, but many obstacles can and will stand in the way.”

Ultimately, Concentrate is both the culmination of a creative and spiritual journey and the first step on the long road to musical enlightenment. For a young (figuratively and literally) band to create a piece of art of the depth and breadth of Concentrate betrays both boundless dedication and ambition. Yet, the band comes to their work from a place of humility. “We hope this album inspires likeminded creatives to chase their aspirations in the arts” says Squires. “Be it a desire to draw from past bodies of work we admire, or a yearning contribute to the canon, it is all attainable through persistence and creativity.”

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The Quick & Easy Boys

“On their latest single “Better Than Today”, The Quick & Easy Boys show the band expanding their already vast catalog of music to touch on heartbreak with a sound envoking early ‘60’s r&b/soul while still keeping a modern sonic vibe.  Contextually, lyrics plant the song firmly in the present day, lamenting lost love with a timeless yet subtly modern vernacular.

After releasing eight full length genre-defying albums since their inception in 2004 — including 2021’s space-saga “Cliffs Of The Scarlet Imperius” and 2023’s holiday single “Jesus, Where’s My Presents?” — The Quick & Easy Boys have a packed slate for their 20th year as a band.  After the release of “Better Than Today”, the Boys will shift gears and let forth the Scary Things EP - focusing their already expansive sound on a heavy, dark album about things that go bump in the night.  Think Sleep meets Funkadelic.

The band adopted the phrase “Too weird to fit in since 2004” to reclaim what once was seen as a promotional nightmare: a genre-defying band that comfortably straddles many musical styles.  With countless national tours under their belt the band has played on stage with an extremely diverse selection of musicians from folk troubadour Peter Yarrow (Peter Paul and Mary) to saxophonist/producer Steve Berlin (of the Grammy winning East-L.A. Chicano band Los Lobos) to NOLA funk pioneers The Funky Meters and contemporary indie darlings Deer Tick and even former Fats Domino saxophonist Reggie Houston (to name only a few). The band was always too this for that: too funky for the indie rock crowd but too rocking for the funk crowd. Too country for the dance crowd, but too disco for the country scene. Too raw and psychedelic for the jazz crowd but too musically refined for the punk crowd.  The band has unapologetically leaned into their singular sound since the beginning, and now they add more layers with 60’s inspired R&B and heavy stoner metal.”

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Super Secret Band

In the late 2010’s rumors of Super Secret Band began to grow around Portland Oregon. In recent months these rumors have been growing faster across the pacific northwest of a secret funky spacey band with rock fangs, jazz horns, and a powerful rhythm section. In late 2021 / early 2022 the band released a single and a music video for the song “Never Odd or Even” and a 5-track album of super secrets with the same name in November 2022.

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