Tonight in Music: The Bloodtypes, Black Prairie, and morePosted by Gabriel Arguelles
From the ashes of the beloved Portland punk/new wave band The Epoxies comes The Bloodtypes! The Bloodtypes have a more fuzzy, proper rock n’ roll sound than the Epoxies did but they have managed to maintain a distinctly punk feel to their sound. Also part of their sound is the maturity that comes with having played out for years. This is a band whose sound has a swagger to it, as if constantly trying to prove that they know what they’re doing. They do, too. If the future doesn’t hold big things for The Bloodtypes, then something has rotted within the state of music.
Black Prairie’s publicity and record label want you to know that they have members of The Decemberists in their lineup. Okay.
With that out of the way, what you should know about Black Prairie is that they’re a solid, technically proficient, often haunting folk/americana band that are worthy of making their own name in the music world. Sometimes they’ll recall a band like The Builders and the Butchers, and sometimes they’ll recall authentic older bands whose descriptions never involved the term “alt-” in the first place. Black Prairie was supposed to be a touring string band, but they kept recruiting new members, adding vocals and more instruments, making for a heavy, thick, practiced mix of guitars, cellos, and xylophones.
The band released their first LP, Feast of the Hunter’s Moon, was released on April 6, 2010 on Sugar Hill Records.