Minden idealizes all things most of us love about summertime. With as many shows as they have been performing in the recent months, it is difficult to find virgin ears to their dreamy music. They have stayed busy exciting Portland crowds, throwing off the shackles of what seemed to be consistent typical genres present in the local scene. The dance floor was heavily occupied before Minden began setting up. Swaying pop beats, spandex and welcoming interactions smothered in sweat set the atmosphere up for nostalgic and charming sounds dedicated to shape the psyche. Vocals are provided mainly by Casey Burge and Lia Gist, who playfully dance around onstage in their bright attire. While the two are complemented by each other’s soulful base, it is all bolstered by the groovy beats and catchy melodies provided by the guitars, bass, keys and drums. All members of the band bring a unique perspective. Dads all around the world should be exuding pride and happiness for this lively group of revolutionaries, if not already doing so.
Aan was quickly able to fill the vacant spot after Yours was unable to perform. The band has not made many appearances since going on tour, where they opened for Smashing Pumpkins. With a new album hopefully being released this year, it was a pleasant surprise to have them join Sunday Sessions. Performing crowd pleasers like, “Haunted, Million Ways” and “I Don’t Need Love”, a sense of familiarity and warmth was maintained. Bud Wilson, lead singer and guitarist offered erratic yet controlled vocals. All of the instrumentals combined displayed beautiful inner workings of each and every song. The four members never have a difficult time expanding their sounds throughout larger spaces, and for the bar’s warehouse feel that was perfectly executed.
Rontoms has proven to be the anchor of excellent live performances on Sunday nights, and it is exciting to preview the future performances to come. Plan to spend your summer nights here, because it is really in your best interest.