Project Pabst Day 2: Wild Ones, Terry & Louie, Alvvays and more

Live Reviews
07/23/2015
Anna McClain
all photos by Matthew Thompson (view set)

Portland awoke to the resounding hiss-and-crack of PBR tallboys and the camp-tastic house party vibes of local band Wampire Sunday afternoon at Project Pabst. Their hazy psych rock medley was followed by charmingly twee local pop group Wild Ones, who delivered meticulously jammy indie pop. Lead singer Danielle Sullivan supplemented her precise lilt with a grab bag of eggs and shakers. Along with playing new song “Loveless” from their upcoming (and appropriately titled) EP Heatwave, Wild Ones closed with a startlingly convincing cover of the Cranberries’ “Dreams,” in which Sullivan hit every "ah la da ah" with all the skill of Dolores O'Riordan.Wild Ones:

Wild Ones

Wild Ones

Wild Ones

Wild Ones

Portland was treated to an improbable appearance by Terry Six and King Louie Bankston, a.k.a. Terry & Louie, later on in the day. The two belonged to promising local band The Exploding Hearts before the 2003 car accident that claimed the lives of their bandmate. Understandably, Terry retired from the music scene while Louie solidified his career as a multi-instrumentalist. Luckily for the world, the once local artists have reunited to finish what they started a decade ago, and to release some new material. Despite their long absence from power pop, Terry & Louie were greeted by a large crowd of both newcomers and devout fans. The thirty-somethings picked up right where they left off, singing about twenty-one year old antics like staying out late with girls and sniffing glue.

Terry & Louie:

Terry & Louie

Terry & Louie

Terry & Louie

Wild Ones

While the next band, Alvvays, is based in Toronto rather than Portland, the Rose City earned top spot as the group's favorite U.S. city. In between shoutouts to keyboardist Kerri's first crush ever and Pabst headliner, Rivers Cuomo, including a Cuomo-dedicated rendition of "Party Police" (although "Rivers, Marry Me" would have been even more suitable) the group played a mean cover of Deerhunter's "Nosebleed" and took us to the shore with Kirsty MacColl's "He's On the Beach." While singer Molly Rankin was channelling summer prep perfection, the real star of the show was the events person flinging water with impressive technique onto the slowly desiccating crowd. Note to Pabst for next year: water misters filled with PBR.

Alvvays:

Alvvays

Alvvays

Alvvays

Alvvays

Alvvays

Alvvays

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