We’ve made a great deal of friends out of the successes of the last year, and a friendship that we truly cherish is one that we have developed by working side by side with the new Portland based record label, Amigo / Amiga. We now represent the two artists on this small but outstanding label out of Portland, Drew Grow & The Pastors’ Wives, and Kelli Schaefer, and are excited that the label and these bands will be appearing for the first of what will hopefully be many annual holiday parties for the label. The show takes place on December 22nd at the beautiful Doug Fir lounge in Portland. Both artists will be releasing new singles that night and proceeds from the evening will be going to charity. Don’t miss it!
Amigo/Amiga press release:
2009 has been a productive year for the local label Amigo/Amiga and its artists. It began earlier this year with a different name, a different concept and with more cooks in the kitchen, but by the middle of the year the entire model was simplified. The first release with the Amigo/Amiga stamp came from Drew Grow & the Pastors Wives (Bootstraps / Friendly Fire) in late August, followed by City Morgue / Better Idea from Kelli Schaefer in early November. The concept to release a/b side singles consistently has quickly proven itself interesting, palatable, and worth continuing.
To close out the year and celebrate the holidays, Amigo/Amiga will release its next two singles from Drew Grow & the Pastors’ Wives and Kelli Schaefer on the same night, December 22 at Doug Fir Lounge. The evening will feature performances by both artists, local glitchsouldancers The Beauty, as well as local Amigo/Amiga cousins you maybe haven’t seen in a while.
Both releases bring new energy from Grow and Schaefer. The sharply contrasted songs bring a new direction, chart new territory from both artists while remaining true to the constants that have defined these songwriters. Drew Grow & the Pastors’ Wives Company starts with a thick baritone guitar and poignant organ stabs backed by a solid, incongruous drum groove. Grow gives his voice a new character – a playfully whispered falsetto initially inspired by tracking the song live – all in the same room. The bside Premonition was also recorded live in the Amigo/Amiga basement late at night and offers a patient, legato organ, slide guitar and upright bass. The track is completely different from the aside and highlights Drew Grow’s chameleonlike songwriting prowess.
Kelli Schaefer’s second release gives the heartbreaking and contemplative Gone in Love as the first track. The band supports Schaefer’s sense of urgency in her voice – or, rather voices – a doubled vocal track with Schaefer singing harmony with herself. Because what’s better than Kelli Schaefer’s voice? Two of Kelli Schaefer’s voice… Sister K, the more raucous bside from the recording brings more attitude and branches out from any specific genre. Backed by a relentless Stone Roses esque drum beat and root note bassline, the reverbsoaked tremolopicked guitar and vocal are insistent throughout the track and into the finale when the choir of friends pipe in to help sing their support.
To top it all off and in the spirit of the season Amigo/Amiga will donate a percentage of the ticket price ($5) to the Oregon Food Bank as well as provide a donation box for canned goods in this important time of need. Amigo/Amiga Holiday Party Drew Grow & the Pastors Wives release Company / Premonition Kelli Schaefer releases Gone in Love / Sister K December 22 | Doug Fir Lounge