SPARKLE BITCH BALL, Skull Diver in collaboration with puppeteers  Cherie Panek, Matthew Stowers and La Musique


Skull Diver in collaboration with puppeteers Cherie Panek, Matthew Stowers and La Musique

Foxy Lemon, Rare Monk, Buckmaster

Sun May 28

8:30 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Join us for the SPARKLE BITCH BALL!

Live Performances by:
Skull Diver
Rare Monk
Foxy Lemon

Sparkle Bitch dance party hosted by Patrick Buckmaster

Local preview of the music video '8 PACK 8 LEGS' Starring Patrick Buckmaster.

Skull Diver in collaboration with puppeteers Cherie Panek, Matthew Stowers and La Musique
"The psychedelic nightmares of Karen Carpenter and Glenn Danzig's love child." - Willamette Week

For as long as they could hold an instrument, sisters Aly and Mandy Payne had the benefit of a partner through which to filter their artistic progression. Naturally the rate of evolution for Skull Diver moved fast. What requires deliberation for most they do instinctively. Sharing duties as multi-instrumentalists where one left off the other found new inspiration. Carving out their dynamic, Aly's unique playing style is perfectly tailored for Mandy's Vocals. Their musical collaboration isn’t so much a pastime as an identity around which everything else revolves. Growing up their intake of major influences was simultaneous and therefore proactive: The first time one of them heard King Crimson, Prince or Radiohead soon became an infectious awe they could share.
The early Skull Diver compositions were long, roomy abstractions-more an experiment in painting broad strokes of the subconscious. The sisters reflect on this period as more as a work-study period. With an interest in experimental audio rivalling their compositional desires, they toiled tirelessly to familiarize themselves with the world of analog circuitry, audio engineering and midi programming, turning their house into a makeshift studio where songs could be taken through their entire evolution-from inception to perfection to production.

Skull Diver’s 2015 'Self-Titled' debut, however, captures the jubilance of invention after the initial spark. It’s a tragically beautiful and poetic effort. Well studied and artfully self-produced over months of experimenting with how it should or could sound before finally being crowned complete.

For the bands 2017 independent release ‘Chemical Tomb", the alternate approach was to make the document while it was still raw. The thematic elements are darker, with a gravely dangerous bend due largely to the addition of percussionist Alexandra Geffel. Geffel was introduced to Skull Diver in late 2015 and quickly became the long sought after engine powering Skull Diver’s breakneck pace.

'Chemical Tomb' employs the same aching melancholy of Skull Diver’s debut but adds an element of aggressive dissonance. It’s landscape is winding, with malevolent and often uncomfortably honest subject matter. Skull Diver’s ability to juxtapose doom and gloom riffage with sparkling synths and delicately frigid piano is masterful. It’s an inventive dichotomy that illustrates the rare ability to not only churn out the raw material but also refine it in post-production while retaining the initial vibrancy.

Like the Cecily Brown painting from which the band takes it’s name, Skull Diver’s textured complexity incorporates a varied array of tones and strokes. Their current pallette dips into the darker shades of our own humanity but it’s vibrancy is still sourced of something pure and familiar.
Foxy Lemon
Foxy Lemon is a hard-working band on a mission to prove that rock 'n roll is alive and well in Portland, Oregon. They are quickly making a name for themselves as one of the premier rock acts in their home city and throughout the Pacific Northwest, garnering much acclaim from local zines and fans as a band to watch in the near future.
Rare Monk
Portland-based experimental indie rock band
Venue Information:
1001 SE Morrison St.
Portland, OR, 97214