“Provocatively odd” punk jazz and “fist-variety” rock ‘n’ roll will hit Hogan’s Pub in Clarkston Friday, July 22 when Lewiston natives bring their music home. The night will feature toyboat toyboat toyboat of Portland and the Dead See Squirrels of Spokane.
Dead See Squirrels of Spokane includes Carlos Lantz (Lewiston High School, 1991) on guitar along with Bart Templeman, vocals; Brian Fountaine, drums; and Doug Michaud, bass. When the group performed in June at
Volume, the Spokane Inlander’s annual music festival, the newspaper wrote: “Menacing and funny, tongue-in-cheek and sincere — these traits seem to be contradictory, but in that space is where Dead See Squirrels seems to relish and thrive. A bombastic live band, frontman Bart Templeman leers around the stage and in the crowd like a more playful David Yow from the Jesus Lizard. These local scene veterans will tickle you with their dynamic rock and roll till you cry sweet tears.”
The band came together in 2014. This is its first time performing in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley. People can expect heavy rock, “the rock ‘n’ roll fist variety,” that grooves, informed by a little punk with a dash of humor,
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Returning to Hogan’s is the Portland jazz punk ensemble, toyboat toyboat toyboat, which features Travis Henderson (Lewiston High School, 1990) on vocals and trumpet.
Henderson plays acoustic and electric trumpet in a fashion reminiscent of Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew” era. Danny Norton chips in on keys and a rare, light-controlled instrument called the Quintron Drum Buddy. Drummer Mehmet Vurkaç earned a doctorate degree in computational ethnomusicology and adds complex Brazilian rhythms. Hank Failing, on guitar and bass, lays down the pop influence. The result is an eclectic avant pop sound the band describes as “heavy, danceable and provocatively odd” and which Jonathan Boober described on allmusic.com as: “If Raymond Scott, Martin Denny and Bootsy Collins decided to form a band at Ennio Morricone’s house, it might sound something like toyboat toyboat toyboat.”
“The L-C Valley is one of our favorite places to play, we have always gotten our best response here,” Henderson said.
If You Go
Who: toyboat toyboat toyboat with the Dead See Squirrels
When: 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 22
Where: Hogan’s Pub, 906 Sixth St., Clarkston