Wed Aug 14 2024

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Moe's Alley

1535 Commercial Way Santa Cruz, CA 95065

$35

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(((folkYEAH!))) presents Drugdealer with special guests Color Green! 

Wednesday, August 14th
Doors: 7pm / Show: 8pm
$35
21+

*Tickets on sale Friday, May 24th at 10am PT*

DRUGDEALER
The third and most seasoned Drugdealer album, Hiding in Plain Sight, almost didn't happen at all. Frustrated and insecure with his own singing voice prior to the pandemic, Drugdealer founder and primary songwriter Michael Collins was nearly ready to throw in the towel. With hits like "Suddenly" and "The Real World" (from the band's 2016 debut, The End Of Comedy) and "Honey" (from their first album for Mexican Summer, 2019’s Raw Honey), Collins had plenty to be happy about. But due to a frequent impulse to hand over the microphone to friends and collaborators like Weyes BloodJackson MacIntosh, and his trusty musical companion Sasha Winn, Collins became increasingly unsure of himself as a singer. Then, amidst the windswept art colony of Marfa, Texas, a chance encounter with the visionary artist and composer Annette Peacock changed his outlook.

While attending Mexican Summer's annual Marfa Myths festival, Collins ran into Peacock backstage. "I was so inspired by [Annette]. But similarly to all these other vocalists I'd worked with, I didn't feel like I had it in me." he recalls. "I told her my plight, then I played her a song, and she told me I wasn't singing high enough for my speaking voice. When I returned to LA, I started coming up with new progressions, which I'd modulate up three half steps. It forced me to find a new way to sing."

COLOR GREEN
For the California-based quartet Color Green, playing music together is all about stepping into the unknown. "When we play live, I don't really know what's going to happen," says Noah Kohll, one of the band's two guitarists and four vocalists. "You really have no idea what you're going to get with this band, which keeps things fresh for us and maybe makes the live experience special." In a very short time, they have developed a word-of-mouth reputation as a dynamic and unpredictable live act, grounding their cosmic jams in earthy melodies and drawing from '60s SoCal folk-r0ck, '70s classic rock, '80s underground rock, '90s psychedelic dance-rock, and any other sound that catches their ears.
 

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents - Drugdealer w/ Color Green

  • Drugdealer

    Drugdealer

    Psychedelic

    The third and most seasoned Drugdealer album, Hiding in Plain Sight, almost didn't happen at all. Frustrated and insecure with his own singing voice prior to the pandemic, Drugdealer founder and primary songwriter Michael Collins was nearly ready to throw in the towel. With hits like "Suddenly" and "The Real World" (from the band's 2016 debut, The End Of Comedy) and "Honey" (from their first album for Mexican Summer, 2019’s Raw Honey), Collins had plenty to be happy about. But due to a frequent impulse to hand over the microphone to friends and collaborators like Weyes BloodJackson MacIntosh, and his trusty musical companion Sasha Winn, Collins became increasingly unsure of himself as a singer. Then, amidst the windswept art colony of Marfa, Texas, a chance encounter with the visionary artist and composer Annette Peacock changed his outlook.

    While attending Mexican Summer's annual Marfa Myths festival, Collins ran into Peacock backstage. "I was so inspired by [Annette]. But similarly to all these other vocalists I'd worked with, I didn't feel like I had it in me." he recalls. "I told her my plight, then I played her a song, and she told me I wasn't singing high enough for my speaking voice. When I returned to LA, I started coming up with new progressions, which I'd modulate up three half steps. It forced me to find a new way to sing."

    In the valley of the shadow of doubt, during a period when Collins was considering giving up on music and embarking on his lifelong dream of filmmaking, a furtive conversation with a legend allowed him to find his own distinctive voice. But, as the title implies, the lockdown era during which Collins wrote the bulk of the record was a time spent searching for answers – searching for love.

    "Madison," the opening track on Hiding In Plain Sight, is the first song Collins wrote singing in this suggested range. His newfound confidence as a yarn-spinning vocalist in the gruff tenor tradition of Nick Lowe, or even Van Morrison, is readily apparent, with Conor "Catfish" Gallaher's pedal steel adding a dusting of cosmic country to Collins' down-hard love song.

    When Collins wrote the would-be AM Gold hit, he was summoning an imaginary vision of a love that had eluded him in reality. The song focuses on an unknown figure he could idealize. "All the art I've made is related to this searching archetype," Collins says. "I feel there's no one way that people find love in their life. When I started to make this album, I noticed that all the lyrics dealt with this subject. On 'Madison,' the chorus goes 'Hoping you'll find a love/You're one design of love.' Then the next song I wrote went 'Find someone to love...' At that point, I pretty much knew where it was going. Sasha (my main musical partner) and I are both incredibly romantic. We've worked on multiple projects that are all based around this search for love."

    But this quest spanned beyond the traditional conception of love. It takes a village to put together Drugdealer records. The Greek term for love of friends, philia, translating to "the highest form of love," is evident in a deep cast of characters including Drugdealer band members Mikey Long, MacIntosh and Josh Da Costa (CMON), as well as Southland virtuosos like John Carroll Kirby (Frank Ocean, Stones Throw) and Daryl Johns (Mac DeMarco, The Lemon Twigs).

    Tim Presley sings on the second song, "Baby," and Collins had a clear role in mind for the California avant-rock mainstay. "I love White Fence so much, but I also wanted to hear Presley sing a song that sounded like an early '60s sock hop band who had never tried drugs in their life." Meanwhile, Kate Bollinger floats an effervescent lead vocal over the Rhodes-driven groove in “Pictures of You.” As usual, Collins wrangled a who's who of background singers and instrumentalists to carry out Hiding in Plain Sight's vision. Mainly, however, the record acts as a welcome showcase for Collins as an emboldened lead singer, a wayward bandleader who has found a way to love himself as a singer, songwriter and storyteller.

    Taking inspiration from a canon of gruff but soulful rock vocalists like Phil Lynott, Collins looks back on his nocturnal meanderings through LA's warrens of bars and clubs ("New Fascination"). He’s right up front in the mix, detailing a search for love in all the wrong places. All the while, his band turns on a dime, with Long and Sergio Tabanico trading respective electric sitar and electric sax solos.

    On "Hard Dreaming Man," he looks back at a restless decade on the road through the rearview mirror. "Hard dreaming man/lemme tell you anything I know... I gotta go any place I can go," he sings over a chorus of honky-tonk guitars you might hear wafting out of saloon doors. "The thing I actually do at a high level isn't playing piano," Collins says, "it's telling stories. Our group of musicians, we all just really like to hang out and tell stories together."

    Collins once again hands the mic over to his talented friends on the final, celebratory track, "Posse Cut." The latest, greatest entry in a Los Angeles funk tradition spanning from Leon Sylvers to Warren G, the six-minute jam finds a groove and rides it, with Bambina, Winn, Sean Nicholas SavageVideo Age, and Kirby showing out. In what could be a summation of the record's themes, Winn sings, "I don't wanna stop the flow/But there's something you should know/I've been known to move around/I get lost before I get found."

    Ultimately, Hiding in Plain Sight is an odyssey from philautia—the ability to love oneself —to philia, a greater ability to love and embrace the contributions of those around you. Only then does a path clear for an encompassing and passionate romantic love, eros. Ultimately, Collins finds love all around and, finally, feels in possession of the voice to sing about it, resulting in the most joyful and fully-realized Drugdealer album to date. Hiding In Plain Sight is the sound of Michael Collins and Drugdealer getting their groove back.

  • Color Green

    Color Green

    Alternative

    For the California-based quartet Color Green, playing music together is all about stepping into the unknown. "When we play live, I don't really know what's going to happen," says Noah Kohll, one of the band's two guitarists and four vocalists. "You really have no idea what you're going to get with this band, which keeps things fresh for us and maybe makes the live experience special." In a very short time, they have developed a word-of-mouth reputation as a dynamic and unpredictable live act, grounding their cosmic jams in earthy melodies and drawing from '60s SoCal folk-r0ck, '70s classic rock, '80s underground rock, '90s psychedelic dance-rock, and any other sound that catches their ears.

    Adaptable onstage and off, Color Green has shared stages with a range of groups that reflect both the sophistication and the wild malleability of their sound, including Fuzz, Kikagaku Moyo, Circles Around the Sun, Hiss Golden Messenger, and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. Yet, because they see boundless possibilities from one note to the next, they anchor their music in the urgent present rather than the distant past. Color Green can be a million different bands without losing their essential hue.

    They capture that wild, mercurial quality on Fool's Parade, a meditation on loss, grief, confusion, frustration, and the clarity to which they all lead. The album has the dynamic of a tight live set, full of ebbs and flows, highs and lows, quiet moments like the devastating "5:08" and reckless jams like the epic "Kick the Bucket." "Four Leaf Clover" bustles and shimmies like the kaleidoscopic dance rock of the Stone Roses, while closer "Hazel Eyes" recalls the elaborate orchestrations of Brian Wilson and the whimsical melodies of Buddy Holly. "We shaped it to showcase our range," says guitarist Corey Madden. "All the songs were written together as a band. It's the four of us in a room, and it features all of our voices. It's one step toward what this band truly is. We spent a lot of time getting our shit together as a band, and now it's set in stone for me."

    Color Green started out as a very different, much more limited kind of group. "Me and Corey worked together in New York scooping coffee beans for a living and putting them into bags," says Kohll. "I was living in a basement sublet, and he would come over to write and jam and record." From those casual sessions came a self-titled EP in 2021, full of spectral jams and offerings up to Jerry Garcia, their spiritual guide. The next year they followed it up with a self-titled full-length via Aquarium Drunkard, with various friends helping to round out the songs. "These things happen in an interesting way," says Kohll. "There's been a lot of weird synchronization with this band. It's all very organic. After we put out our first album, we thought, Oh, this needs to be a live band,

    too."

    After running through a few different rhythm sections, they met drummer Corey Rose and bassist Kyla Perlmutter, who not only are kickass players but opened up all new possibilities within Color Green. "Our first practice together, everyone was like, This is so loud," says Rose. "That became a really important part of the band, and we try to capture that dynamic when we record." Perlmutter adds"We all really value each other's input. It doesn't feel like there's an unfair hierarchy in this band. We respect each other's tastes and recognize that we're all very, very much in love with music in our own ways."

    After sharpening their attack on the road — playing DIY shows in small towns while opening for some of their heroes — the expanded Color Green began writing songs for what they considered a debut album. "One of us will come in with a riff or an idea, and the others will take it up and let it morph into something completely different," says Perlmutter. "What we come up with together, I don't think any of us could do by ourselves. The music we make is always surprising me." The album's title track, with its snaking guitar lines and parallax instrumental interplay, started out as an eastern jam when Rose came in with a very loose idea: "I wanted to write something in 6/8 time," she says. "It was super awkward at first, but 40 minutes later, it sounded like Fairport Convention. It took everybody to get there."

    Says Madden, "I like when stuff happens and it opens up the door to something else in my brain. We might spend a lot of time working on something and get nothing out of it, but then in the back of my head I'm thinking, if you take this and add it to that… Sometimes it takes hours to figure out two seconds of a song, but it's always worth it."

    The aching heart of Fool's Parade is "5:08," a moving expression of grief — not moving through it, necessarily, but simply living with it, moment to moment. "What's it like, on the other side?" they all sing together, as though consoling one another. "Oh, the longing for the space to peer thru." Inspired by the death of Madden's father, it is rooted in a Spiritualized show. "I was going through some gnarly personal stuff," says Madden, "and it was all hitting me at once, all these emotions. I talked my way through some crazy shit, and by the end of the show I had '508' hashed out in my brain. It's about losing people very close to you and wanting to communicate with them and not really knowing how."

    "It's the quietest song on the record," says Rose, "but it's also the heaviest. We all cried while recording it. Everybody's singing on it, and everybody's crying on it. Sometimes we're like, Let's not play that song tonight. It all depends on how we're feeling."

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(((folkYEAH!))) Presents - Drugdealer w/ Color Green

Wed Aug 14 2024 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

Moe's Alley Santa Cruz CA
(((folkYEAH!))) Presents - Drugdealer w/ Color Green

$35 Ages 21+

(((folkYEAH!))) presents Drugdealer with special guests Color Green! 

Wednesday, August 14th
Doors: 7pm / Show: 8pm
$35
21+

*Tickets on sale Friday, May 24th at 10am PT*

DRUGDEALER
The third and most seasoned Drugdealer album, Hiding in Plain Sight, almost didn't happen at all. Frustrated and insecure with his own singing voice prior to the pandemic, Drugdealer founder and primary songwriter Michael Collins was nearly ready to throw in the towel. With hits like "Suddenly" and "The Real World" (from the band's 2016 debut, The End Of Comedy) and "Honey" (from their first album for Mexican Summer, 2019’s Raw Honey), Collins had plenty to be happy about. But due to a frequent impulse to hand over the microphone to friends and collaborators like Weyes BloodJackson MacIntosh, and his trusty musical companion Sasha Winn, Collins became increasingly unsure of himself as a singer. Then, amidst the windswept art colony of Marfa, Texas, a chance encounter with the visionary artist and composer Annette Peacock changed his outlook.

While attending Mexican Summer's annual Marfa Myths festival, Collins ran into Peacock backstage. "I was so inspired by [Annette]. But similarly to all these other vocalists I'd worked with, I didn't feel like I had it in me." he recalls. "I told her my plight, then I played her a song, and she told me I wasn't singing high enough for my speaking voice. When I returned to LA, I started coming up with new progressions, which I'd modulate up three half steps. It forced me to find a new way to sing."

COLOR GREEN
For the California-based quartet Color Green, playing music together is all about stepping into the unknown. "When we play live, I don't really know what's going to happen," says Noah Kohll, one of the band's two guitarists and four vocalists. "You really have no idea what you're going to get with this band, which keeps things fresh for us and maybe makes the live experience special." In a very short time, they have developed a word-of-mouth reputation as a dynamic and unpredictable live act, grounding their cosmic jams in earthy melodies and drawing from '60s SoCal folk-r0ck, '70s classic rock, '80s underground rock, '90s psychedelic dance-rock, and any other sound that catches their ears.
 

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