Peter Oren / The Drinkard Sisters / Jeremy Waun

Fri, Aug 25, 2017 @ 8:00 pm to 2:00am

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Friday, August 25 / 8pm doors, 9pm music / $7
Peter Oren (Songwriter)
The Drinkard Sisters (Country folk)
Jeremy Waun (Lo-fi folk)

Peter Oren: At twenty-five years old, Peter Oren’s rich voice sounds like someone took sandpaper to Tom Waits’s growl. As a writer he’s sometimes compared to Arthur Russell, Nick Drake, and Townes Van Zandt. He often focuses on unjust power dynamics and environmental degradation. He was arrested twice in 2011 for protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline and for protesting a JP Morgan recruitment event at Indiana University.

Peter was born and raised in Columbus, Indiana. He started writing songs at eighteen, hitchhiked alone in Norway at nineteen, and dropped out of college at twenty. He’d garden if he could stay put long enough. At times he may be found sleeping in the back of his truck by the ocean or up a national forest road. Peter has something to say for his generation.

Joe Pug– “I think the sky is the limit for him. He’s a really creative writer and he has a really idiosyncratic and beautiful voice.”

The Drinkard Sisters have been playing out as a duo since 2012, but they hadn’t officially released anything until earlier this month. A cassette, it’s the first release on new label Ylang Analog, and features just the two of them — Caitlin and Bonnie Drinkard, who are actually sisters — captured singing around a microphone in Caitlin’s living room. The music is stripped down, minimalist acoustic country folk; the kind of thing that somehow seems to sound better the colder the temperature is outside, perhaps a literal embodiment of all the warmth to be heard in the sisters’ deeply lovely voices.

The band Drinkard Sisters also exists as a full on, co-ed group, which includes Nick Landstrom on drums, Dan Clark on guitar, and Ryan Harroun on bass. This configuration was assembled to play Mittenfest on New Year’s Day last year as a one-off thing, but it was so much fun that they decided to make the band permanent. Now here they are, trying to find a practice space that isn’t Caitlin’s dining room, writing more songs, and gearing up for Hamtramck Music Festival, which is likely to be their next gigas a full band. Oh, and they just finished recording a full album with Warren Defever. Maybe 2017 won’t be so bad, after all.

The sonic equivalent of kindness, the music of the Drinkard Sisters is supposed to make people feel good, and it does. It is little wonder, then, that Caitlin is inspired by another musician who found perfect harmonies with family: “I saw Brian Wilson at the Fox in September and he asked the audience, ‘Did you guys come for shitty vibrations?’ and everybody screamed back ‘Noooo!’ and that’s basically what drives me to make music. I want to contribute the opposite of shitty vibrations to the world around me by making music that feels good on the ears and resonates in the heart. Plus playing music with your friends is really fun and we are, if nothing else, a fun-loving bunch.” [Detroit Metro Times]

Jeremy Waun: Twenty-six-year-old Jeremy Waun grew up in rural Michigan, just outside Port Huron. He laughs easily, is cagily smart, plays in a bunch of bands, and gets by “merchandising flowers and tropical plants for a wholesale greenhouse.” I’m not sure what that means, but it sounds pretty hippy-ish. Waun says that “I feel real deal vibes and want to convey emotion through words and sounds,” when asked about searching for a guiding principle or philosophy. But that was such a hippie question, anyway!

Waun dresses in neon tie-dye, wears his hair long, and his first solo LP, the excellent and limited edition City Vibes, just released by Feeding Tube Records in Florence, Mass., is powered by acoustic guitar and his own voice, not really anything else. Sometimes he double-tracks on the vocals, and he’s not afraid to let both the guitar and the vocals get deeply in the red. So there’s a lot of distortion, but it’s a mellow record, which is a swell dichotomy. His last tape was called Nu Metal Guru, because having a sense of humor is important. [Detroit Metro Times]