artist of the week on KINK - (commercial radio) Portland
"A definite add"
"Art of Dichotomies"
"Strong lyricism, flowing melodies, and unfeigned vocals"
TENTS is a Portland based Indie-pop band currently touring in support of their debut EP "Back Yards."
TENTS is active in Portland, having played the Doug Fir/Mississippi Studios/Rontoms circuit with the likes of The Domestics, Bitch'n, Måscaras, and Months.
The name "TENTS" provides a surprisingly clear picture of what this band is thinking about: Trying to find deeper meaning in the commonplace at home, as parents, spouses, and providers.
In spite of their domestic infatuation, this music simply does not hide at home. it teems with optomism and newness beneath a shimmering, contemplative shell.
Their debut EP "Back Yards" has an autobiographical meaning. Their recording studio and sanctuary is in fact in their back yard.
Mics are always set up, ready to record. There's often little distinction between practicing, writing, and recording. Sometimes all three happening at the same time. More often than not, their songs are written live during stretches of deep studio time, improvising and responding intuitively to one another.
While relishing in so much euphoria during practice, the group showcases what it looks like to live in the moment. As they experience an exciting period of their lives, they continue to live everyday wide eyed like a child discovering the world's gems for the first time. Channeling their own kids, they detail what it means to live with joy, inquisitiveness, and childlike naiveté.
Taking another step towards the Fountain of Youth with every release, magic spouts effortlessly through their music. Some of it is dark, and some of it is more hopeful, but it all remains an attempt to escape the jaded, cynical, self-destructive tendencies that often cloud our vision.
Press Photos can be downloaded as JPG or TIF here
1. Brian taught Michelle from Japanese Breakfast how to play guitar
2. The band is comprised of 3 Halls. Chris, Amy and Brian. Brian and Amy are married, Chris is of no relation.
3. Brian, Chris, and Josh spent 6 months attempting to start a Youtube channel about scoring films.
4. Josh is Australian
Back Yards - Debut EP
3. Back Yards
5. Under Water
6. All is Love