The Deer, Temple Canyon, Medejin

Wed Feb 28 2018

8:00 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)

Sunset Tavern

5433 Ballard Avenue NW Seattle, WA 98107

Ages 21+

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  • The Deer

    The Deer

    Rock

    What began as the solo recording project of singer/songwriter Grace Rowland Park, the group formed its core membership in 2012 under the band name Grace Park & The Deer, and released "An Argument for Observation." The songs have a dark, folky feel; eerily lilting melodies with unexpected subjects like stalking, drug-dealing, and murder. Through the recording process they found a spark lit by natural chemistry, on and off the stage, and they began performing and touring together with alternating guests - some of whom ended up becoming permanent members. Grace’s screen-printed cover art would later rank among Austin Music Industry Awards’ Top 5 Best Album Art for 2014.
    In 2013 they suffered the devastating loss of dear friend and band member Stephanie Bledsoe to an accident on her farm. The group rallied under the name The Deer, and collaborated on songs dedicated to her memory for their second release, "On the Essence of the Indomitable Spirit" (2015). Dark with a tinge of hope, it features special guests Dennis Ludiker (Asleep at the Wheel), Roger Sellers (Bayonne), Trevor Smith (Wood & Wire), Karl Kummerle, and Noah Jeffries (MilkDrive). With a maturing sound, The Deer placed among the Austin Music Awards’ Top 10 Best Performing Folk Bands for the first time that year.
    Their 2016 album “Tempest & Rapture” marries their brand of moody Southern Gothic with symphonic psychedelia. It’s split into two stylistic realms: the first side is rooted in muddy folk and surf-country, and the other side wanders far out in a dream-pop and psych-rock wilderness - all with their distinctly curious and incantational poetic content printed within. It’s their largest album, boasting 17 tracks on gorgeous 180-gm bottle-green vinyl; a double LP to house its gigantic sound. It saw the return of guest collaborator Roger Sellers, and guest string players Dennis Ludiker and Noah Jeffries (who would soon become a full-on Deer). The jacket design by Grace Rowland Park features her cut-paper artwork, and clinched another place in Austin Music Industry Awards’ Top 5 Best Album Art category last year. The Deer also placed a second time in the Austin Music Awards’ Top 10 Best Performing Folk Bands. 
    The Deer have played their hometown Austin’s Moody Theater and the Legendary Stubb’s, as well as Kerrville Folk Festival, Old Settler’s, Utopiafest, WinterWonderGrass, Oregon Country Fair, Campout for the Cause, Americanafest, SXSW, and more. They have co-billed with Elephant Revival, Fruition, Wild Child, Calliope Musicals, and more. The Deer are currently recording a new album to be released in 2018, while simultaneously touring across the universe. Check their tour dates for a town near you.

  • Temple Canyon

    Temple Canyon

    Rock

    TEMPLE CANYON - it's nostalgic, it's rock, it's catchy, it's not always conventional. It has soul, it has darkness and light, it's wild. It's music that hits you hard, makes you move, makes you feel, and remember. You get the "Seattle sound" - a little Hendrix and McCready, Vedder and the Wilsons (70's and 80's), Love and Zapata. It's holdover grunge, a little 70's Laurel Canyon, a little "Dirty Dancing" soundtrack. "...at least on their newly-released EP Thank You for Not Caring – the nostalgia that infuses their music is of a more recent vintage than your usual Ballard stompin’, clappin’, longhaired, bearded fare ... it’s hard not to hear some of the best elements of ’80s alternative pop at play here." (Levi Fuller, Ball Of Wax Quarterly Vol. 49). Temple Canyon is four serious music lovers facing the post-apocalyptic modern world of the music industry with hope and desire. 

    Mariko Ruhle, front-woman and primary songwriter of Temple Canyon, met drummer & singer-songwriter Al Reiter around 2011 while they were both regularly playing their own music at the Hopvine Pub open mic. Ruhle formed her first band around 2013 in support of her debut album "The Wonder Years." This record was inspired by collaborations with other Hopvine regulars including Zach Warnes (guitarist in original lineup) and long-time friend, musician and producer Jack Wilson. 

    Shortly after the debut album release show, Ruhle was in need of a new drummer. Timothy Van Buren (drummer, and later multi-instrumentalist in original lineup) became less active with the band due to touring with Mary Lambert. Reiter, drummer for Supply & The Man at the time, joined up alongside John Carlson (bass) and Steve Miller (guitar). It was clear immediately that Reiter was a musical soul mate. Jason Shao, Reiter's bandmate in Supply & The Man, joined on bass guitar while preparing for the Karass EP release show in 2015. At this time the band officially became Temple Canyon, having previously performed under the name of singer-songwriter Mariko Ruhle. 

    During the next chapter, Temple Canyon moved away from their harmony-heavy slow-jam 70's sound and recorded a debut self-titled full length record (produced by Richard Hoag, recorded at MRX Studios "fast and loose" including mostly live instrumental & vocal takes, a real throwback style). This record wrapped up the previous years with former guitarist Steve Miller, Ruhle's longest lasting original band member dating back to her debut "bedroom record." 

    Prior to the release of the self-titled Temple Canyon record, Kris Gray (also a former member of Supply & The Man) collaborated with Ruhle on a new song through email exchanges, which would become the first of many to feature his unique lead guitar style. He joined Temple Canyon leading up to the release show for the self-titled record in late 2016. Gray's presence inspired an immediate "follow-up EP." "Thank You For Not Caring," released summer of 2017, is by far the most exciting music produced yet by Temple Canyon. "Lead single 'Call Into Arms' is an exuberant example of the gritty nostalgia the city of Seattle has to offer." (Mixtape Mandi, Runaway Music, "Single & Loving It" Vol. 9). 

    In addition to releasing two records over the last twelve months, Temple Canyon has performed at Upstream Music Festival & Summit, sharing the Starbucks stage with Seattle sweetheart, Shelby Earl; they had the pleasure of performing acoustic on 107.7 The End, while premiering their EP single; they were featured on Ballard Vox, Pacific Northwest Music Scene, Runaway Music, Ball Of Wax Quarterly, Locals Only, Hear & Now Music, and played with a diverse bunch of great local and touring acts - Brass Bed, Lonely Mountain Lovers, Mr. Elevator, Wooky, Antonioni, and Chris King & The Gutterballs, to name a few. At present, Temple Canyon is preparing for a show with local favorites Ephrata and Motopony, honing a steady a flow of new material, and hoping to tour the West Coast in the next year.

  • Medejin

    Medejin

    Dream Pop

    I write & record nostalgic, ethereal wave/dream pop songs & have an awesome band with Matthew Cooke & Rebecca Gutterman.

The Deer, Temple Canyon, Medejin

Wed Feb 28 2018 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:30 PM)

Sunset Tavern Seattle WA
The Deer, Temple Canyon, Medejin
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Ages 21+