Mac Walker Presents
Bonnie & The BANG BANG
Bonnie & the BANG BANG is predicated on writing grooving, hypnotic rhythms highlighted by dark, cutting lyrics. The aim is to entrance the listener in a dreary, dreamy narrative.
Bonnie & the BANG BANG was founded by Patrick James Stiles (vocalist), Jake Dineen (multi-instrumentalist) and Joe Warren (guitarist) in the early Summer of 2011. They released their first EP "Ode To Darkness" on Valentine's Day 2012. It was produced by the mercurial Sam Pura at Panda Studios.
The band has made a name for themselves gigging non-stop around the Bay Area and Northern California. In 2012, they completed a midwest and west coast US tour.
The new year will bring with it several more west coast tours as well as the release of their first full-length record. "The Dark Dream" is scheduled for release in the Summer of 2013.
TANGO ALPHA TANGO
[BLUES ROCK] Portland’s Tango Alpha Tango is best experienced amid a crowded room of sweaty guitar junkies. Logically, then, a well-mixed live album is the next greatest thing. Captured last year at local recording space Banana Stand, the performance delivered by the quartet tackles a sprawling beast in 12 songs. From the first bluesy electric-guitar riff in “Kill & Haight” to the gritty energy of “Black Cloud,” the record not only translates frontman Nathan Trueb’s ability to write a good tune and dominate a guitar neck, but also the band’s flawless fusion of blues and rock with funky bass lines and psychedelic keys. Trueb explores his folkier singer-songwriter side on “Desert Snow,” a song composed simply of his scratchy, worn-in voice and supplementary fingerpicking. But with nearly half the songs on the set list running eight minutes or longer, many of the album’s gems surface when Trueb cracks them open with his guitar. In lengthy tracks like the trippy “In My Time of Dying” and the driving rock jam “Mona Lisa’s Death,” the frontman disassembles ideas, draws out phrases and slowly builds them up again. Although the album doesn’t quite hit with the impact of experiencing the band in the flesh, it comes pretty damn close. EMILY BOOHER, WILLAMETTE WEEK
Hotel Eden was started as a solo project by Kelly Warner in 2008, who released the EP "A Way Back Home" in 2009. Kelly moved to San Francisco from Columbus, Ohio in 2010. Evolving from a solo act to a four piece band, Hotel Eden features Warner singing, playing various instruments, and injecting elements of turntablism into the mix alongside capoeira performer John Nash on bass, muralist & painter Louis Chinn on guitar & MPC; and Latin percussionist & illustrator Samuel Diaz Romo on drum kit.