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11/14/2019

Ezra Bell Live in Concert at Single Hill Brewing Company

Location: Yakima

102 N. Naches Ave, Yakima, WA 98901

7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Single Hill Brewing Company is excited to announce live music by Ezra Bell. Ezra Bell's first full-length album features ebullient soul twang, flowing and leaping like the music of a late 60s/early 70s recording of well-trained freaks dabbling in various genres. This Portland band sounds like they effortlessly recorded one of those forgotten-gem "cult albums" despite it being early 2018.  After three well-received EPs and playing regularly in Portland since 2013, the playfully literate and cheerfully plaintive Benjamin Wuamett and his gaggle of quite fit players, conjure up a festive dusky folk-rock-blues-jazz-R&B-pop vibe that doesn't smother out the melancholy.

 These haunted stories include key tracks "Tourists".  (This one is about realizing the game is rigged, but you still have to play; it's the only game in town); "Yawning at the Seance" (This one is about the stories we tell ourselves in order to feel like everything is okay), and "Let Me Do the Talking” About that last one: The opening line is a rip-off of something the boxer Jack Johnson said when asked how he managed to so intrigue women. He said "Eat jellied eels and think distant thoughts." I think it's one of the great travesties (and a telling indictment of our society) of our time that a great man's name has been usurped by some surfer singing about breakfast."  The glistening, giddy music on these tracks help to document the car-wreck gas-lit lifestyles Wuamett masterfully describes. He displays gleaming shards of a self-depreciative self-awareness but also someone busy getting lost. "The overall theme going into this?"  Wuamett answers to what the album is about. "Desperation. A call to arms. A whimper. A declaration that being witty by yourself at 4 AM in a basement, is a poor way to live."

Ezra Bell features Maurice Spencer (bass), Tom Trotter (drums), Aaron Mattison (horns and arrangements), Honora Hildreth (backing vocals and percussion), and Jeremy Asay (keys and guitar) more-than-ably backing up Wuamett's story-songs and satirical jigs with organic precision.

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