The Next Sounds: Ages and Ages
By: Sierra Drucker
AgesandAges graciously found their way into my headphones last month. With each new listen I grow more enamored with this band. Check out their video for “Navy Parade (Escape from the Black River Bluffs).
Filmed from their hometown, indie hipster-rock hub Portland, Oregon, the video illustrates what founding member Tim Perry sought to do when he formed AgesandAges . That is, to revive the disaffected music scene in Portland. A formidable goal, but I can’t imagine a better way to approach it then to gather a sizable seven-member force to spread the word.
The album, Alright You Restless (Knitting Factory Records), plays out like a campfire gospel. These seven troubadours join together for huge clap and sing-along harmonies. It’s such a warm and inviting sound, we don’t even noticed we’ve been charmed by lyrics that beg us to break away from society to live in sort of communal hippyster bliss. Maybe it’s the fanfare of members or the idyllic themes, but this band feels a bit like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros sans the LSD.
They also have a bit of a Bishop Allen meets Dr. Dog thing going. You can hear it especially in the title track. Listen below. I’m a sucker for clapping…
I imagine they put on a fun live show with all sorts of audience participation. I hope to find out firsthand at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday April 16th. I should probably bring my tambourine along…
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