We are giving away a pair of tickets to Junebugs CD Release & Birthday Bash with 2:am Pacific @ The Secret Society on February 21. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, February 19.
From our sponsors:
The Junebugs CD Release & Birthday Bash with 2:am Pacific
February 21, 2016
Doors 6:30 p.m. / Show 7 p.m. | $10 ADV, $12 Doors | 21+
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212
Imagine if you put R. Kelly through a banjo.
Led by frontman and beard enthusiast Moses Barrett, The Junebugs combine high-energy pop with Pacific Northwest folksy goodness to create a genre-bending sound you can kick up your heels to.
The Junebugs originated on the Vancouver, BC circuit before migrating south to Portland, OR. There, guitarist Barrett picked up drummer Kyle Owen and bassist Sean Vinson, equally bearded and hailing from impressive musical backgrounds. Covering everything from Tom Petty to TLC to Lorde, the eclectic taste of the trio ranges from turn-of-the-century Americana to modern Hip Hop, with a strong emphasis on vocal harmony. Their original tunes have a dreamy, sweet quality reminiscent of Neil Young and Iron & Wine, peppered with fiery banjo lines. There is something for everyone here.
“The American songbook is alive and well, and it didn’t end in the 1950’s,” Barrett says.
Frontman, Chris Lay’s, love for such a variety of genres leads to a writing process that often borders on identity crisis. The result, though, is a sound that borrows from each; a window into his world and the way he experiences those styles. Long-time friend and partner in music, Alex Milsted, helped shape the pair’s early move from coffeeshop songwriting toward the more nuanced and soulful, and with the recent addition of versatile young-guns guitarist, Manny Humlie, the group began carving a more cohesive sound from their existing catalog and creating a new signature together. At times soul/rock and jazz/pop, the trio’s style is built on the strong voice of each member’s influence, and the resulting chemistry is evident.