Childspeak, Helens, Stammering – 21+

Ages 21 and up
Thursday, February 16
Doors: 8pm

Since 2013, the Portland-based Childspeak has fused post-rock, math rock, and prog to create a mind melting mixture all their own. The instrumental band recently finished their second collaboration with Grammy award winning producer Marcel Fernandez (Molotov, Foo Fighters), and keep pushing forward with the new record- but never straight. Tentatively set for a Spring 2023 release, Childspeak’s latest batch of lawless, hyper-saturated sounds are as deep as they are diverse. Tracked live at the legendary Robert Lang Studios, the album also reflects a turning point for the band that favors chemistry over perfection. The band’s raw, organic self is on full display here – and that’s just the way they like it.

Helens is a Shoegaze / Dream Pop quartet based out of Portland, Oregon. After several years and EPs they have released a new album of melancholic anthems to soundtrack an escape to anywhere else but here. The new album, Somewhere In Nowhere, was recorded in 2020 by Corey Coffman (Gleemer) and was released on November 18th, 2022. with help from Portland all-star label, Bud Tapes. Somewhere In Nowhere infuses the band’s unique Shoegaze/Post-Rock/Alternative mixture with lusher melodies and more Dream Pop sensibility than previous output. The recent expansion of the lineup to a four piece with added guitar textures has also widened the band’s scope which carries the listener from wistful wash to searing sonics.

Stammering is a 4 piece rock band from Portland, OR.  The band formed in 2019 when two buddies from Las Vegas (Cory and Bobby) decided they wanted to make some cinematic, punchy, aggressive, thoughtful music together.  The two scoured the local rock scene for a drummer who fit the part.  Eventually crossing paths with Luna Vista drummer Sam, the band began to take shape. In early 2020 the band recorded what would become their first record titled ‘Aftersome’ with help from sound engineer, Matt Bayles.  The band began performing live around the Portland and Seattle area.  In an attempt to push the band in a more intentional direction, the band added guitar and synth player, Ward.  With a new lineup locked in Stammering is currently writing for their next release. If instrumental melodic meandering and syncopated rhythms are your bag, quit your job and listen to Stammering for 40 hours this week.