We are giving away a pair of tickets to Morphine Tribute Band w/ Joy Tribe @ Goodfoot on September 25. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed before Noon, Thursday, September 25.
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Morphine Tribute Band w/Joy Tribe
September 25, 2014
9 p.m. Doors / Show 10 p.m. | $7 | 21+
More info: thegoodfoot.com
2845 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214
Morphine is a rarity — bluesy, bare-bones rock & roll without any guitars, the trio relying instead on sliding two-string basslines, raucous saxophones, and wry, ironically detached vocals. During the mid-’90s, Morphine gained a sizable cult following in America, primarily due to good word of mouth, heavy college airplay, and positive reviews. Morphine combined blues and jazz elements with more traditional rock arrangements, giving the band an unusual sound.
Sandman sang distinctively in a deep, laid-back croon and his songwriting featured a prominent beat influence; pulp-fiction narratives which touch on sexy adult themes like pacts with the Devil and illicit affairs. They told simple and profound tales about the human condition, ultimately about sensitivity, and about self-medication in a world where desensitization is necessary.
The band themselves coined the label “low rock” to describe their music, which involved a minimalist, low-end sound producing a slippery, sultry groove that suggests blues and be-bop without becoming either, it was noirish indie-rock-jazz that hadn’t been heard in quite this way before or since; Mark Sandman’s sonorous baritone duetting with baritone saxophonist Dana Colley’s rumbling counter melodies. Jerome Deupree, who was replaced by percussionist Billy Conway during the recording of 1993’s Cure For Pain, flushed out the unorthodox trio with precision and skill like a jazz player, dedicated to the tom and small cymbals, hitting the skins in a muffled way so as to give space to the nervous and feverish dialogue.
When Mark Sandman died after collapsing on stage in Italy in 1999, the band was no more. It is of a great loss to the world, which is why this tribute, I Know You, was born. The band is composed of Oregon natives Mary-Sue Tobin on saxophones, Will Moye on bass, Lance Paden on drums, and Gulf Coast transplant Andrew Pendleton on vocals. Joy Tribe opens the evening with their infectious funk grooves.