Alas, even the best bandsâthose that choose to go out with their dignity intact, at leastâeventually reach the end of the trail. This weekâs show at Mississippi Studios will be Doloreanâs last. To commemorate whatâs certainly the passing of an era for Portland music, we asked James to pick four photos that, for him, sum up the bandâs career.
1. âThroughout our career Dolorean was lucky enough to tour with many of my favorite songwriters: Damien Jurado [pictured], Richard Buckner, Eric Bachmann, Willy Vlautin and others. Damien took us out on the road lots of times in the U.S. and Europe. At some point in every tour, we would all just snap and turn into loons because we wanted to get home so badly. I wrote âHeather Remind Me How This Endsâ about it.â
2. âDolorean has always had a cast of great musicians that would pinch hit for different tours. I loved playing with Jonathan Drews (Sunset Valley, Eyelids) and Barton Carroll and Dov Friedman from Crooked Fingers. In 2007, we had a 40-day U.S. tour opening for Kristin Hersh, and her fans absolutely despised us. We had a blast every night.â
3. âWeâre in Paris here in 2011, before a sold-out gig with our pals, Deer Tick. Fargo is a little shop and label that released our last full-length, The Unfazed, in Europe. Jesse Bates, aka âthe Ozark,â is an honorary Dolorean member who joined us on that tour playing bass.â
4. âThis was a typical Spanish crowd for us: drunk, smiling, energetic, encouraging. We had great turnouts in Spain, played some awesome festivals and made a ton of friends. Spain, Holland, Belgium, the U.K. and Scandinavia were very good to Dolorean. We loved playing overseas. People just dug us over there for some reason.â
SEE IT: Dolorean plays Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., with Barton Carroll and Meridian, on Saturday, May 31. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.