Sharing a pint or two with Kivett Bednar at The Portland Cider House on Hawthorne, I reminisced with him over our first musical conversations at the Portland School of Rock. We had been talking about our mutual passion to connect with an audience at their level, trying to read what makes an audience want to get up and dance – or simply get lost in the song. Both of us wanted to move people to have an emotional experience through music. Kivett has been on that journey throughout his life, and believes he has found partners to achieve his artistic dream. The Pining Hearts is the new project, and you can catch them this month at the Twilight Cafe! Playing with his partners Eddie Steele [Drums], Fabio Prieto Veiga [Bass] and the very charming Joshua Davis [Saxophone / Vox], the band creates an incredibly full and balanced sound that seamlessly crosses quite a few genres.
Kivett’s goal of connecting musically with audiences has been consistent. He’s been an instructor, a solo artist, a front man for his Land of the Living Project, in addition to having been a youth music instructor. His desire to be emotionally accessible and relatable was evident at every show as faithful fans made repeat appearances to dance and enjoy the experience. Kivett always managed to convey his personal experiences in a completely accessible and endearing way. He introduces songs with a bit of a history lesson – I always felt like I had gained some new gem of knowledge at every show. Now, the new project The Pining Hearts, is allowing the band to educate us about an entirely new genre! In the audio interview, you’ll notice that the music refuses to be labelled, and that’s absolutely wonderful. (There are references to Philly Cheesesteak and Chex Mix…)
The Pining Hearts is a Psychedelic / Blues / Rock band hailing from Portland, OR and Austin, TX. Eddie Steele of Entendre Entendre and Kivett Bednar from Land of the Living started sketching out the framework for a new act in the Summer of 2015. But the ball really started rolling when Kivett and Johnny Holliday happened to be sitting in together for Ed Cohen’s New Year’s Eve show at Slim’s Lounge in St. John’s, and decided they should jam with Eddie. The mix felt great, and when Johnny brought in Fabio Veiga, Cuban native and music school grad, they knew they had the makings of a band. Adding Joshua Davis on saxophone was an obvious choice to make the seemingly wide-ranging music genres blend together.The music emerging from the group ranges from patient and exploratory to dynamically emotive and exultant.
The full band were just featured on Robert Richter’s Local Roots show this month at Alberta Street Pub. You can listen on Soundcloud to some of the pre-Joshua music, and catch the full band this May 26 at Twilight Cafe. They’ll be playing alongside touring act The Dead Woods (Chicago), and filling out a killer bill with Portland hard-hitting favorites Foxy Lemon and Patrimony.