Take a quartet of guitar-savvy gingers steeped in pedagogies of the Northwest, see them south to the sun and listen to what they’ve made since returning for a rain-soaked second-rinse — it’s something akin to sonic honey on crunchy toast.
Formed in Eugene, matured in Los Angeles and polished in Portland, The Parson Redheads deliver inquisitive harmonies, asking you: What’s happening with your life? Are things going well? What are we doing to make them better?
Last year’s release, Yearling, is an open eye looking for the answers to those questions. “The songs are about learning how to live better, and that’s what we’ve been trying to do,” says Evan Way (guitar, vocals). “It’s a good change of pace to be in Oregon.”
And this is what Oregon via plugged-in twang sounds like. Sterling-smooth guitars from Sam Fowles, and the rotisserie rhythms of Charlie Hester (bass) and Brett Marie Way (drums) allowing space for signature collective vocal harmonies.
Akin to Fleet Foxes, Fruit Bats and Blitzen Trapper, (bands the Redheads tour with in March), the group focuses on writing songs you can’t help but melt with, especially “Burning up the Sky.” Redheads know about sunburns.
The Parson Redheads play 9:30 pm Friday, Jan. 27, at Sam Bond’s; $6.