What does a hunter do when the deer season is over? What if this "deer hunter" isn't so much an individual, but a band from Atlanta? And what if that season isn't so much "relegated to three specific months," but dozens of them?
After spending continuous months on the road in support of its music, the critically lauded noise-loving five-piece Deerhunter has hung up its tour coats until May. That has allowed frontman Bradford Cox time to more earnestly pursue his side project, Atlas Sound. And just as animated hero Captain Planet called upon the five elements to complete his crew, Mr. Cox has become somewhat of a Captain Portland in completing his. For Atlas Sound, Cox has called upon Portlanders and Kranky labelmates Adam Forkner (White Rainbow) and Honey Owens (Valet) to complete his tour crew/backing band.
Cox came to the Rose City in January to rehearse alongside fellow Atlantans Stephanie Macksey and Brian Foote. Foote's Kranky-signed outfit, Nudge, also includes Owens, as well as Paul Dickow who runs the our fair city's Community Library label. It's all real close-knit.
With this Atlas, everything seems to point to Portland.
Upcoming tour dates:
feb 19: ATLANTA, GA - Drunken Unicorn
feb 20: CHAPEL HILL, NC - Local 506
feb 21: WASHINGTON DC - Black Cat
feb 22: PHILADELPHIA, PA - Johnny Brendas
feb 23: NEW YORK, NY - Mercury Lounge
feb 24: BROOKLYN, NY - Music Hall
feb 26: BOSTON, MA - Middle East
feb 27: MONTREAL, QC - Casa del Popolo
feb 28: TORONTO, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
feb 29: DETROIT, MI - Magic Stick
mar 1: CHICAGO, IL - Empty Bottle
mar 2: MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Triple Rock
mar 5: VANCOUVER, BC - Pat's Pub
mar 6: SEATTLE, WA - Crocodile
mar 7: PORTLAND, OR - Holocene
mar 8: SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Bottom of the Hill
mar 11: LOS ANGELES, CA - Echo
Both ambient artist Forkner and Deerhuntin' Cox have blogs that are post-heavy about the Atlas Sound occasion, you can check 'em for more information on the union.
Here are a few notable entries:
Forkner: Atlas Sound = Post-Traumatic Psychedelic Grunge Jowl
Cox: Meet the Atlas Sound Music Group
And for an almost joint post, Forkner created a Portland mixtape for Cox to post in this entry, Adam Forkner presents us with a Portland Family Portrait in Sound.
It includes tracks from Rob Walmart, Thanksgiving, Jackie-O Motherfucker and the ever-obscure Malibu Falcon.
Photo by Tim Schaar.