WHO: Wilson Vediner (vocals, guitar), Aaron Robert Miller (guitar, vocals), Courtney Sheedy (bass), Will Hattman (drums).
SOUNDS LIKE: Thurston Moore crashing Fugazi's tour van into Ben Gibbard.
FOR FANS OF: Sonic Youth, Fugazi, Yo La Tengo, Seam.
For several summers, Wilson Vediner, Aaron Robert Miller and Courtney Sheedy offered counsel to young musicians at Pendleton Rock Camp in Eastern Oregon. Each had their own respective musical project throughout—Point Juncture, WA; Deer or the Doe; Swim Swam Swum—but eventually, their shared experience led to collaboration.
Months' self-titled debut has spent a couple of years in various stages of production. The band labored intensely over Months with engineer-producer Victor Paul Nash at his studio, fleshing out Vediner's Sonic Youth homages into democratically composed pieces. The product is an elegant ramshackle of controlled chaos. Vediner sings in an almost whisper; when the chord progression shifts, the tone changes with Miller's growl and jagged guitar sound. The official running length clocks in at just under 40 minutes, but in that short space it feels as if you've traversed a great distance.
While Vediner and Miller are excited about the new record, they're even more excited about the one written in the meantime, as a full-fledged band.
"I don't think anyone comes in with something completely finished anymore," Miller says.
"There's no one telling us how to do it, Vediner adds.
Miller chimes back in: "I can't imagine there ever will be anyone who has any say besides us." CRIS LANKENAU.
SEE IT: Months play Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., with Bitch'n and Tents, on Sunday, Nov. 29. 9 pm. Free. 21+.