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The Resolectrics With Taylor Kingman
The Talent Club
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The Resolectrics With Taylor Kingman Live at the Talent Club
Live at the Talent Club
Wednesday February 19th, 2020
Doors: 8pm Show: 9pm
$10 at the Door
Expanding on their love of American R&B, The Resolectrics are a rock & soul power trio exploring the vast landscapes of roots music with layered harmonies, multi-tonal guitar tracks, and ambitious arrangements. Since releasing their “Booker T. meets The Band” debut record, High Water, guitarist Tate Peterson, drummer John Becher, and bassist Bob Dunham have honed a leaner, meaner approach through continuous gigging and constant refinement. The band’s latest record, Open Seas, adds some timeless, British Invasion-style psychedelia to the mix along with a touch of horns and harmonica that help reconnect the music to its soul-based heritage.
John “Feel is King” Becher (aka Less Izmoore) has been playing in some kind of band since the 5th grade. John knew he wanted to play drums by the age of four but coming from a musician family his mother had him study piano before he could begin to pursue drumming. John’s formal percussion beginnings were in concert band, marching band and percussion ensembles throughout middle and high school.A self taught kit drummer, his first love was playing surf which later evolved into his love of psychedelic rock. His latest evolution grew from an appreciation of the straightforward feel of Blues and R&B with some inspiration from Portland’s rich scene including Paul deLay, Linda Hornbuckle, and Norman Sylvester. It was with his co-founding of the Resolectrics that John has found a home and outlet to collaborate and create in all of his beloved styles.
At a young age Tate began playing piano; soon after he picked up the guitar and began to emulate his classic-rock, grunge, and punk-rock heroes. In high school Tate formed his first band, a skate-punk meets garage-funk group that continued to evolve as his skill and taste developed through his teens. After high school, Tate went on to study music at the University of Oregon where he continued to find new directions, adapting such wide-ranging influences as jazz, Western-European and Indian classical, experimental/avant-garde, electronic, psychedelic, country, blues, and folk music.After graduating from U of O with a B.A. in Music, Tate relocated to Portland, OR, with its vibrant and close-knit musical community, where he still lives, performs, and teaches music. In 2009 he co-founded his current and longest-running group: The Resolectrics.
A Portland native, Bob began playing guitar in middle school. After helping convince a classmate Nate Query (of The Decemberists) to play bass—they played in a few informal bands through middle school and high school playing selections ranging from Santana, The Meters, Stevie Ray Vaughan to Miles Davis. Bob moved out to Vermont initially to go to college and during his second year he helped form a band called Belizbeha—exploring a unique blend of acid jazz, funk, soul and hip hop. With seven core members and a rotating horn section (including members of The Giant Country Horns), they toured extensively across the United States and beyond for the next five years. In 1999, Bob moved back to Portland to finish up school at PSU. He reconnected with another high school friend, Scott Fisher, that was launching his solo project. Mixing influences from brit pop to 70’s rock and jazz funk, they played together and toured through most of the aughts.Settling down a bit more back into Portland, Bob was able to get involved with a broad range of other bands—including Debra Arlyn, Rob Stroup & The Blame, Drunken Prayer (Bob’s first dedicated bass role) and Moody Little Sister. After filling in for a few shows on bass, Bob joined The Resolectrics in 2014.
Taylor Kingman makes music that resets the clocks. You know the feeling of standing beneath a trestle on a hard day, a can of cheap beer, flicking a lighter and dreaming up wild ideas until a heavy train comes thundering overhead and you scream and scream until your voice gives out and you feel lighter? That’s the thing that lives deep in Taylor’s songs. There’s something so rubbed-raw honest and drunken-truth about them. You can’t help but be transfixed and transformed.
Born in Portland, OR and raised in Marion County, Taylor picked up a guitar and started writing at 12. In high school, he formed The Hill Dogs, a raucous, powerful band that hit hard beneath his explosive lyrics. After graduating, he wrote like a madman, played out heavily with the band, and taught guitar on the side.
In 2015, Taylor packed up and headed to Portland where he played anywhere and everywhere with The Hill Dogs until he blew out his voice and had to halt the band. The restrictions of his healing vocal chords gave way to a deluge of new writing. Taylor joined multiple projects around the city with some of Portland’s finest and recorded his debut solo album Wannabe at the great Mike Coykendall’s Blue Room Studios, due out November 17th on Mama Bird Recording Co. He recently formed ‘TK and the Holy Know Nothings’ with Lewi Longmire, Jay Cobb Anderson, Tyler Thompson, and Josh Simon as a vehicle for a growing ocean of new material.
Of writing songs, Taylor says, “Each word is a world waiting to swallow me whole. I get drunk off the pitter patter poetry of lines that root me to the cold, unforgiving ground, all at once, drowning me in the violent beautiful futility of humanity, yet, also, set fire to my eyes, sending me swirling and whirling, floating blind and thoughtless through the maze of the mind. I want the words to explode bloody in all their truth, for better or worse. Vivid images dripping with feeling bursting like light bulbs in the back of the head.” Enough said. Train thundering. Sparks raining down.
- February 20
The Talent Club
114 Talent Ave, Talent, OR 97540, USA
The Talent Club