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Cumulus Festival 2010 Begins Tomorrow!


So last year I wrote a little post to introduce y’all to some sweet bands playing in the Cumulus Festival. As the second installment of the fest begins tomorrow, I figured I should do it again. After all, FensePost loves supporting local PNW bands and Cumulus Festival does a good job billing them to play.

You’ll be able to see some long-time FensePost favorites this year, including Levi Fuller’s The Luna Moth, the very visual Bronze Fawn, Portland’s very own AristeiA, and KZUU breakout artist (Kevin O’Connor was once the GM of the WSU-run station) Talkdemonic. Here’s the rundown on who’s playing when:

Thursday, February 11th, The Mars Bar
8:00 p.m. / $8 / 21+
Scriptures (Formerly This Is a Process of a Still Life)
Joy Wants Eternity
The Luna Moth
Paintings for Animals

Friday, February 12th, The Funhouse
9:00 p.m. / $8 / 21+
This Blinding Light
The Ever Changing Sky

Saturday, February 13th, The Mars Bar
8:00 p.m. / $8 / 21+
Bronze Fawn
Diminished Men
Bill Horist (solo acoustic)

So all bands on this year’s list are ones you’ll want to check out. Here are a few spotlights hand-picked from the crowd. Let’s begin.

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Diminished Men

From the new faces to join this year’s line-up, Diminished Men stands out with powerful instrumentals, epic saxophone licks, clever synth lines, and wild post-rock meets surf guitars. “Cooper’s Descent” is fit for a Quentin Tarantino reference, while “Land Between” has a hint of The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood” put through an oriental/surf guitar filter and slapped with wicked saxophone parts. They recently released a double LP simply titled II. Here are a few tracks from that album.

Diminished Men: Cooper’s Descent [mp3]
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Diminished Men: Land Between [mp3]
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Scriptures, The Band


Next are a few familiar faces with a new name. At last year’s Cumulus Festival, they were known as This Is A Process Of A Still Life. Scriptures is a name that rolls off the tongue a bit easier. Dreamy melodies like those found below (from an earlier release, prior to the name change) remain but from the sound of new Scriptures, they’re taking the minimal quiet valleys and anthemic noise-ridden heights to heart. Word is they’ve got a new album hitting sometime in 2010 — their first under the Scriptures moniker.

This Is A Process Of A Still Live (Scriptures): All My Blessings Are A Curse [mp3]
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This Is A Process Of A Still Life (Scriptures): Horizon/Line [mp3]
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From Portland comes longtime FensePost favorites AristeiA. We first covered these dudes back in 2006 shortly after the site began, and have written about them off and on throughout the years (including a few live reviews). Let me tell you this from experience: AristeiA is a band you’ll want to see live. The first time I witnessed a performance (Doug Fir in Portland), they made it sound as though people were shrieking from within the audience. It was downright uncanny. And utterly hypnotic.

AristeiA: Feedback King [mp3]
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AristeiA: Self Will Run Riot [mp3]
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Headlining this year’s event is Talkdemonic. With electronic lap-top sounds backing Kevin O’Connor’s expert talent on percussion and a violinist carrying the melody, Talkdemonic’s music is a mystic sort of dark, melodic and terrifying all at once. We’re probably due for a new record by these folks, as the last one was the outstanding Eyes At Half Mast from way back in 2008.

Talkdemonic: Duality Of Deathening [mp3]
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Talkdemonic: White Gymnasium [mp3]
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