Childspeak's "Mini-Merica"

Hi-Fi Music Hall & Music Lounge Present

Childspeak's "Mini-Merica"

Dick Dägger, Thom Simon, Childspeak, Pancho & The Factory, SurfsDrugs, Ferns, Holler House, The Shifts, Spiller, Muscle Beach Petting Zoo, Critical Shakes

Tue · July 4, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Hi-Fi Music Hall

Advance Tickets: $10, Day of Show: $12

This event is 21 and over

Dick Dägger
Dick Dägger
Formed the day Dick Dägger, Mick Dägger, Ben Dägger, Sven Dägger, & sometimes Oläf decided to play Rock'N'Roll Oochieboochiecookadoodleahdoodleadoo. They would eventually leave their homeland of Sweden to try & conquer the Americas one Boogaboogaboogettyheyheymahmahroundandroundhowdoyoudo at a time.
Thom Simon
Thom Simon
thom simon started as a solo project in Santa Cruz, California, born from Jeff Wiseman's many long nights of smoking spliff, drinking 32s of High Life, and creating mazes of sonic patchwork by candlelight.
Using Jeff's background as a drummer, guitarist, and audio engineer, thom simon's visceral sound began to take shape, utilizing electronic drum sounds and riff-heavy guitar parts. It took on a bit more dynamic elaboration with the addition of Lindsay Kunhardt on keys and backup vocals.
Multiple influences are speckled throughout thom's catalog. Ranging from eerie and elegant songs such as "unknown" and "leaks" to danceable synth tunes like "move" and "weep woop" all the way to lofty dream sequences like "days" and "true," at times thom simon comes across as a complete rip-off and at others previously unheard and unthought. Now based out of Eugene, Oregon, thom simon is a roller-coaster of spacey funky new-wave buried in delay and reverb; a sure shot equation to get you on your feet.
Childspeak
Childspeak
Near the end of 2013, four like minded artist reached out to one another to escape from the gray and dreary Eugene winter. First playing music together as a project for friendship’s sake, the group soon found that their mutual creativity expanded beyond music, and within this environment their talents could grow. Over time this heaven allowed for free experimentation and soon the conglomeration of their individual interests and musical talents formed the unique blend known as Childspeak. Mixing structure with improvisation, imagery with sound and history with emotion, the post-rock mixed media group shares a passion for exploring creativity and feeling in whatever form it strikes.

Fed from a desire to create and grow, the group found the formation to be quite serendipitous. All lead from different paths, the meeting of Derek, Bryan, Bri and Tj would be a crossroads in all their lives, helping them grow and flourish as individuals and together as the Childs family.

The band released their debut full length album, Daydream Sparkle Party in December 2015 as a suggested donation download on bandcamp.com. The album was fully produced in Portland, Oregon. Recorded and mixed by Kevin Drake at Dead Aunt Thelma's Studios, mastered by Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph Audio and the album artwork was produced by Bri Childs.
Pancho & The Factory
Pancho & The Factory
Working Class Music / Doom Dance / Metal-clectic
SurfsDrugs
SurfsDrugs
Holler House
Holler House
Some of us were in the bands When Something Fails, The Nina The Pinta, Battle At Sea, Friendly No One, and Young Pretenders. One of us is in the band Lutheran Heat, and another one of us is in the band Lovely Dark.
The Shifts
The Shifts
Combining bright guitar lines, bouncing rhythms, sardonic wordplay, and high energy live performances, The Shifts are a Eugene, OR based band formed in 2011 as an indie rock project of frontperson Macks Johanesen. In 2013, the band began performing with the three piece lineup of Macks on guitar and vocals, Eli Tocchini on drums, Jeff Kretsinger on bass. Starting July 2016, they welcomed the new member Maci DeBlanc on keyboard, backup guitar, and backup vocals. In 2014 they released their debut EP, this is fine. proving themselves to be one of the up and coming bands in the region. One year later, the band won Oregon State University's 2015 Battle of the Bands. The Shifts have played in venues across the country and released their eponymous debut album in August 2016.
Spiller
Spiller
Feeding you a plate of indie rock with bites of jamming, morsels of math, and a pinch of jazz.
Muscle Beach Petting Zoo
Muscle Beach Petting Zoo
Muscle Beach Petting Zoo (MBPZ) are an instrumental post-hardcore band formed in Eugene, OR, known for a particularly swampy, sweaty brand of snarling, post-progressive devil music that occasionally borders math rock. They take after established prog rock and metal acts like Mastodon, Deftones, or Mars Volta, by placing an emphasis on irreverent time signature and tempo changes within songs, without the utilization of vocals. Even if they're not very good at it 😉 Like your favorite taco stand, Muscle Beach Petting Zoo manages to keep the exotic flavors in check with a zest and attitude all their own.

Guitarist and main songwriter Michael (Thom Simon, Childspeak) met co-guitarist Andrew while working together at a local music retailer. Initially, the duo's tastes and songwriting tendencies were polar opposite, but soon, symbiotic patterns emerged over love for metal music and British television series The Mighty Boosh. The two quickly enlisted Max (The Great Hiatum) on bass and Cody (NotAPartOfIt) on drums and within months, the demos were brought to life. The group's first show was in a basement on Halloween 2015, in which during the final song, multiple witnesses claim one of two twins screamed in ecstasy in the final chords only to allegedly vast vomit onto the second of the two twin's faces. In essence, the band knew they had something special, and it wasn't just Michael and Andrew's mutual taste for surreal debauchery while geeking out on guitars. Whatever it was, people seemed to enjoy it.

But as the groups fan base increased, so did its challenges: Michael and Max began playing with different bands, with Michael even leaving nearly two months for tour in the summer, during which original drummer Cody was replaced by Chevy Doud. Upon moving in together, the group began to stagnate and fritter rather than hone in songs or practice new ideas. The stars were dim. Andrew was managing a store. Michael was covered head to toe in chunky organic peanut butter.

But before long, the groups strengths began to coalesce. The necessity of the project and it's inherent attitude problem became apparent to it's members over time as a sacred space, as safe as it was unforgiving. Like their sound. Though accessible, their intentionally angular sound is unapologetic; the echoes of four young cantankerous heathens slogging their way through time and space in the Northwest, trying to laugh at themselves, and everybody else, along the way.

The band is currently finishing new material, praying for aliens to come down and help them navigate inter-dimensionally to recording and releasing a good sounding record one day.
Critical Shakes
Critical Shakes
Venue Information:
Hi-Fi Music Hall
44 E. 7th Ave
Eugene, OR, 97401
http://hifimusichall.com/