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Minmae (Portland indie) & Blake Miller (7.4 pitchfork), 4-5!

Minmae (Portland indie) & Blake Miller (7.4 pitchfork), 4-5!
March 30, 2007 01:39PM
Thursday, April 5th 2007

Minmae (Portland, OR indie rock)
Blake Miller (Columbus, rated 7.4 by Pitchfork!)

Parish Hall Cleveland
6205 Detroit Ave
Cleveland, OH 44102

9pm, $6


At the expense of using a tautology, it just is what it is. Certain French anthropologists would call it sui-generis, others would say we're using that term too generously. In any event, ours are a series of events; events that find us playing guitar, bass and drums rock music, sometimes sensitively, sometimes with a boogie, other times with a strut.
We're also fine with the term "indie-rock." We're all young, rugged individuals who like to rock.
“I really wish that for just once, just once in his life, Sean Brooks wouldn't make an awesome record. Most bands fall into the rut of either producing failed experiments or tired rehashes of past glories, but Minmae just seem completely incapable of either of these sins. From their Soul/Drone roots (referencing the album and their early sound) to the present day, Minmae have evolved two distinct musical persona. There was first the fractured and beautiful dissonance of works such as My Quiet Life and, after much evolution there reared the head of the sinister reflectionist and perfectionist work of I'd Be Scared, Were You Still Burning. While there were always both entities present in varying degrees on all of Minmae's works, never have they done battle on such equal ground as on 835. Brooks' six-string eloquence now seems possessed; the beauty and evil that was once calculating and quiet is now infected by chaos. On every track there is a danger of destruction that is counteracted by human control and protocol. It seems at times as if each track is a portrait of a societal normality that is warped and dying. For lack of a better analogy, 835 is like listening to Twin Peaks. I rarely trot out the words "genius" or "beautiful", but 835 is entirely takes both those terms and takes them on a trip through purgatory. Structurally, 835 is yet another strong showcase for Brooks' dark sense of what a pop-sensibility is, but the importance of this record is in it's theme and mood. The songwriting is strong, yes, to the point that each individual track could feasibly be released as a single and frankly, it would probably have been better that way. As it stands now, 835 will either turn you into a genius or a lunatic - probably both to some extent. Where Minmae can go from here is impossible to tell, but if the past few albums are any indication, the only constant will be excellence.” – Andrew Salyer, Amp Camp
Blake Miller

At only 19 years old and hailing from the college town of Columbus, Ohio, Blake Miller stands to quickly become one of the most renowned singer-songwriters of our day. But to call Blake a singer-songwriter is perhaps a misnomer, because there are far more dynamics going on here than a solitary voice accompanied by a lone guitar. His mastery of melody and arrangement creates songs that range from the haunting to the intimate, but contain an honesty that allows him to stay far enough outside the lyrical styling of the “freak folk” movement to create something truly distinct.

Blake has received glowing reviews from publications such as Pitchfork, Alternative Press, PopMatters, the London Guardian and more!
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