The Cabin Project consists of five women playing conventional instruments in an unconventional way. The band played at Alberta Street Pub last weekend, putting on a mesmerizing set full of layers and contrasts. Their music would seem appropriate in the comfort of a rustic hideout in the woods, as their names suggests, and also in the grandeur of a concert hall. The viola and 5 string violin played with distortion, reverb, and delay, along with spacious and dynamic percussion, and gorgeous vocals create an orchestral and modern feel. Their sound is unique, yet familiar to those who are fans of Bon Iver, The National, and Warpaint.
The Cabin Project with Katie Sawicki on guitar and vocals, Zanny Geffel on drums and vocals, Kelly Clifton on bass, Rebekah Hanson on viola, and Jean Mastaler on 5 string violin.
The Cabin Project puts on a stunning performance. Check them out next on Dec 22 at Turn, Turn, Turn, and learn more about them on their website and facebook.
I first heard this mind-blowing group of women when they were a featured guest band at McMenamin’s Al’s Den last summer. At that show the band played on a bill with Adam Sweeney, who was a one-time member of The Cabin Project. I was so impressed that just three people could create such a full orchestral sound, and was determined to follow this band to see what they would do next! Since I saw them live, The Cabin Project has written a new album, been featured on Portland Radio Project, The Big Takeover, and BitchMedia’s New Music Monday, just to quickly give an example of how active they are – the band are capturing the attention of listeners due to the complex and enthralling music they create as well as the personalities they exhibit on stage.
In the audio interview, Katie Sawicki (vox, guitar, keys), Zanny Geffel (drums, vox) and Rebekah Hanson (viola, vox) explain the development of the new album, Unfolded – and more importantly, they discuss the dynamic of the band. These women work together in music, with equal passion, dedication, and input. The result is a fully cohesive sound that is stunningly beautiful. The band releases Unfolded at The Doug Fir Lounge June 24, playing with beloved spacey/jazzy Coco Columbia and the enthusiastic and dynamic Human Ottoman.
The Cabin Project has approached their music with determination and intent. They chose to step out and add the strings and looping pedals to already an already creative and very solid indie pop/rock. They chose to have an all-female band, and to limit themselves to a small group that “clicks.” They collaborate in an almost uncanny way when writing, arranging, embellishing and performing. There is no judgment at any step along the way in the music development process – just trust, respect appreciation, and very hard work.
I think this is one of the most revealing and personal interviews I’ve done, as far as the band members understanding and expressing themselves, both individually and as a group. These women are a band of true friends and sisters. You can feel it in the music. The album reflects the energy and uniqueness of their live performances – as well as an honesty and an insight into the difficulty of producing this roomful of sound with just three people. Check out the live album in full on June 24 at The Doug Fir Lounge. Some sample previews are available to get you excited: BitchMedia premiered the new song “Focus” this week, and The Big Takeover announced the release by sharing the song “Highways” on their site. The Cabin Project is an experience – I hope you will join us at The Doug Fir Lounge Friday, June 24, and enjoy them with us!