Acoustic Minds is moving to Los Angeles – I am going to miss this band so much! The band says goodbye with a special show at the Doug Fir on May 4! They’ll be playing with Roseland Hunters and Keegan Smith & the Fam. SECRET: they will play the entirety of their NEW unreleased album at this very special Star Wars themed event! Additionally, those who purchase a ticket in advance will receive a free download of the newest single, “Empire.” Amanda, Jenni, Josh, and Aaron – your leaving will create a hole the size of the Death Star in my heart…
I first heard this band play on Portland Radio Project. They were one of many amazing bands I heard play at the Music Matters live-streamed event last May, hosted by Oregon Music News and Portland Radio Project. Their sound captured my attention, and I had to do some research. I was stunned to find that the live sound produced was created by only four people! I was even more impressed when I happened to walk in and see them performing live in the Portland Radio Project studio. The force is strong with this one…somehow the band managed to reproduce their incredibly complicated and full live sound in the tiny studio. I also appreciated Amanda and Jenni’s completely modern Euro fashion sense. Instant love!
The band has embraced their technical prowess, and on this new song has created sounds that combine human and machine into something amazingly spacey and dangerously heady! The new song “Empire” will be played on PRP’s Portland’s Playlist show Wednesday night immediately before their live Doug Fir event and will be reviewed for Vortex Music Magazine.
The History of the Acoustic Minds’ “Empire” begins with Jenni and Josh. Though they are not Star Wars super fans, the two writers appreciate the ripe symbolism and imagery that can be enjoyed musically. Jenni and Josh began discussing a fantastic musical character: the Space Bass Egyptian Goddess… Amanda says that the character is strong and dangerous, but just really trying to grow her power. She remarks that the tune is both dark and light – like the force! It is impossible to miss the relationship between the song and the band itself. As Acoustic Minds prepare to move to California, they present an album that is strong and dangerous – but they really are just growing their power, as they have been all along. Amanda credits South by Southwest Music Festival for some amazing memories and gives a shout out to Darkart for mastering the beat that makes this song so epic!
Come on out and say goodbye to a band that has continually evolved their sound, never straying from expansive creativity with production and honest skill on their chosen instruments. Doors at 8PM, Roseland Hunters at 9PM, Acoustic Minds at 10, and Keegan Smith & the Fam at 11:15. Tickets are $10 in advance and $14 at the door. In the meantime, enjoy this video of “Quicksand”, which shows the softer side of the band – the light side of the force.