KNOWER // Coco Columbia @ Doug Fir – April 20th
Written by Pete LaMalfa on April 19, 2016
4/20 – the day everyone gets über stoned, especially now that pot is 100% legal in Portland. But don’t stay home for the Holidaze because Doug Fir is hosting a pair of explosive female-fronted Electro-pop groups this Wednesday night.
Hailing from Los Angeles, drummer/multi-instrumentalist Louis Cole & vocalist Genevieve Artadi make up the band KNOWER. This duo created huge waves on Youtube back in 2013 releasing self-produced music videos complete with insane grooves & breathtaking glitchy visuals. Cole provides a perfect musical backdrop, alternating between unconventionally hip yet danceable drum beats, a myriad of futuristic synth stabs and a huge sampler loaded with sounds sure to excite fans of Dubstep & other EDM genres. On top of this, Genevieve offers her uniquely soulful voice which is equal parts jazz singer & pop star.
As a pair of extremely accomplished, creative musicians who simultaneously exist as a surrealist, high-energy pop group that makes songs about the government watching you masturbate (and pizza), KNOWER truly offers something for everyone. In an interview with Boston radio station WBUR, former OPB host Steven Cantor said this about the group: “It’s people really playing… and that energy comes through and gives it a freshness as well”. Louis & Genevieve celebrate their fourth studio release “Life” and recent collaboration with Grammy-winning band Snarky Puppy on Family Dinner Vol. 2. Check out their 2013 cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”.
It’s fitting that the band opening for KNOWER was described by Willamette Week as “a weed-fueled weekend in candyland”. Local Portland vocalist & bandleader Coco Columbia fuses infectious indie-pop melodies, dreamy eyed electro-soul soundscapes, complex harmony and jazz improvisation to create her own unique brand of bumpin’ space age electro-pop. This group trades flashy studio tricks & shortcuts for raw skill and musicianship. Drummer Micah Hummel offers odd-meters and unique syncopations while keeping an infectious beat, intertwining with a labyrinth of guitar melodies dripping with effects courtesy of Grant Sayler. Newcomer Alex Meltzer joins the group on bass, locking up perfectly with longtime collaborator and fellow Arizonian Hummel. Coco Columbia has recently finished recording their Sophomore album “When the Birds Begin to Walk”, due out this August. Check out the new single, “Weight on Limb” here.
This is an all-star lineup not to be missed. So instead of eating that 5th Voodoo donut and rewinding Top Gun, bring your 4/20 to a whole ‘nother level with a band Quincy Jones says “will be leavin’ y’all on your knees, beggin’ for more”.
Doors at 8, music at 9. Get your tickets here. 21+