By MEGHAN KEARNEY // Will Wiesenfeld of Baths and Portland's Old Wave chat upcoming music and performing at their recent Red Bull Sound Select Show in Portland
Old Wave, the harmonizing pop five-piece opened the show with a heavy selection of tracks from their 2015 self-titled record and a slamming and immediately lovable new track. Lead vocalist Adam Brock, blended harmoniously with Amanda Farmer and Abbey Hickman easing the crowd into the electronic heavy show with their calming charm not withholding small bursts of synths weaved into their cozy warm blanket of a set.
Upon nearly their first night as new Portland residents, duo Fine Animal hailing from Columbus, Ohio received a warm welcome from the Portland crowd. A synth and vocal heavy set included mesmerizing visuals and backlighting that sent the entirety of Mississippi Studios into a strange trance. An aura perfect for the quirky weirdness of Portland, expect to see much more of this electronic duo.
Finally, Baths took the stage to shutter through explosive synth mixed in beautiful temperamental fashion with Wiesenfeld’s keys and crushing emotional vocals. Guided by beats from pal and roommate, Morgan Greenwood, the duo mixed and improvised known tracks from full lengths Obsidian and Cerulean and closing the night with the clear crowd favorite, “No Eyes.”
We also sat down with both Will of Baths, and 4/5ths of Old Wave, to chat about their upcoming new music, performing at Mississippi Studios, Old Wave at What The Festival, and the kids from Stranger Things. Listen to both interviews below. Old Wave would also like to add their list of favorite Portland musicians, a highly excitable topic during the interview, narrowed down post-chat: Sama Dams, Tango Alpha Tango, Those Willows and Rare Diagram.
The next Red Bull Sound Select shows in Portland will feature Mick Jenkins and Smiko on October 1st at Doug Fir Lounge. RSVP for $3 here; and La Luz, Candace, and Haley Heynderickx on October 26th at Mississippi Studios. RSVP here.