Mark your calendars for April 19th: I am very pleased to announce that Holocene will be hosting Portland Post-Rock Collective’s very first Pdx Post-Rock Showcase! This not-to-be missed event will feature the earth-shaking dynamism of Portland’s own Long Hallways, Amos Val, Entendre Entendre, A Collective Subconscious, and Coastlands. It’s an impressive lineup– one that will gather Portland’s foremost acts in this idiom to one stage and bring them the broader exposure that they deserve.

Long Hallways will be very familiar to fans of the contemplative, tremolous emotionalism of This Will Destroy You and Explosions in the Sky– however, they show an experimental flair, an agile percussive element that is reminiscent of their and so many other post-rock bands’ heroes Mogwai. Take for instance, the electric punch of the jazzmaster and drums on the track “Matador”, off their debut album Live From Dystopia:

In addition to this showcase, Long Hallways will be playing at Papi Fimbres’s Homiefest II, a two-day festival in Newberg in August. Check this link at Noise and Color PDX for more details. It will be good to see Long Hallways representing third-wave post-rock amidst the usual psych-garage favorites from the Portland circuit.

I have already written about Amos Val, a self-described “skull-melting, dynamic” group positioned at the intersections of emotive hardcore, post-rock, and post-metal. Their new single “Determinism” was absolutely excellent. They are no doubt one of the heaviest bands in Portland right now. If you cannot catch them at the showcase, you can see them April 5th at the Tonic Lounge.


Entendre Entendre are an experimental rock group who go for a more jazzy sound, with crackling synths and funky guitars driving their highly frenetic, unpredictable sound.


A Collective Subconscious use simple guitar lines to create truly vast, cinematic rock soundscapes that draw inspiration from the post-rock of Explosions in the Sky and the post-metal of Isis and Jakob. For a band so young, they have already shown uncommon mastery of not just timbre, but also melody. They rock hard, and they can’t be missed.


Meanwhile, Coastlands’  newest album Come Morning, A Radiant Light sees the trio venturing into the ethereal stillness of the emotive, ambient music at the edges of post-rock made by figures like Eluvium and Helios. Their newest album Come Morning, A Radiant Light is really quite lovely.


Hope you can make it, and happy listening!

Sunday, April 19th | Holocene – 1001 SE Morrison St. | 7:00PM Doors – 7:30PM Music
$5 Adv / $7 door


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2 responses to “(Show Preview) PORTLAND POST-ROCK COLLECTIVE PRESENTS… PDX POST-ROCK SHOWCASE @ Holocene 4/19/2015”

  1. Dayna says :

    Thank you for the spot-on write-up!! It means a lot to us! 🙂

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