Lavender Flu

Tue. May 17, 2022 at 7:00pm PDT
All Ages
Price: $15.00
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Price: $15.00
All Ages
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Lavender Flu

The Starlet Room and Mt.St.Mtn. present

Lavender Flu
with Julian Never and VASAS

Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 8:00pm

$12 Advance - $15 Day of Show


Lavender Flu

Chris Gunn spent a good chunk of the ‘00s as the guitarist of Portland garage band The Hunches, and a smaller time caught up in the tail winds of Adam Stonehouse’s Hospitals during their impenetrable Hairdryer Peace era. One must wonder about the boulders he’s been dragging around behind him in the interim, in order to have gotten down into the mood required to produce such a work as The Lavender Flu’s Heavy Air. Weighing in with a 30-song double album, Gunn’s eyes rarely leave the ground, but his sensibilities permit a somewhat open and breezy air about the depression that clots the corners.

Heavy Air sounds as if it was made with all the windows open in the summer, between the hours of 3:00 A.M. and 7:00 A.M., enough to have made use of the middle of the night, watched the sun come up, and then celebrated by spending the next 20 hours in bed, over and over. The pheromone funk of hermetic life hangs heavy through its atmosphere, there to be noticed until you notice that it’s not going away. Throughout this wasted palace shambles Gunn and his cohorts, fellow Portland musicians like Scott Simmons (Helen, Eat Skull), Chris’ brother Lucas (The Blimp), and a collection of bandmates from both The Hunches and The Hospitals. Yet none of them ever falter, tired and stumbling as they seem; the palette here is expansive and curious, making use of the home studio environment without ever indulging in its limitations. Guitars buzz against hard stereo panning, tapes are sped up to sound like morning birds, yet the pace never rises to the target heart rate.

It’s remarkable, then, that something so depressive would court such cohesive and moving sentiments. On paper, Heavy Air reads like a burnout indulgence; track-by-track, it’s often too hard to grab hold of, unless you’re going for more song-oriented material, effort-defining ballads like “My Time” and the like. But play the record in its intended order, front to back, and the whole mystery opens up. Gunn makes remarkable use of the time, to where the extended length doesn’t seem overindulgent at all, but rather makes a graceful and heartfelt mess out of crumbling amps, environmental blare, melodic flourish, and drifting somnambulance as applied to actual rock music at the end of the line. There is always a surprise with each successive track, either working to paint the full picture of the artist’s struggle, or to help us change course as listeners until the next missive glides down.

It’s incredibly difficult to pull off such care and present it as such confusion, but maybe Gunn’s just better at interpreting and exhuming collage than most, certainly up there with Will Cullen Hart of Circulatory System and The Olivia Tremor Control in finding a plumb line through the debris. Gunn makes it incredibly easy, though, and not the least bit precious, to take up your time in this way. The Lavender Flu has created a double album meant to be listened to all the way through, and is strong enough to warrant it in practice. - Doug Mosurock, Dusted Magazine

Hear “No One Remembers Your Name”:

Hear “Mow The Glass”:

Julian Never

Julian Never is the recording project of long-time Sacramento CA underground players Julian Elorduy (formerly of Fine Steps) and Mark Kaiser (formerly of Male Gaze, 3 albums on Castle Face Records), both of noise-punk legends Mayyors. A melting pot of influences ranging from 70s-80s U.K./Aussie/Kiwi D.I.Y. & post-punk to American power-pop of the same era colliding to form a punchy, layered web of sound anchored by Elorduy's dreamy tenor.

“Been a while since I’ve heard rumblings from Mayyors’ camp, but this new project from the band’s Julian Elorduy and Mark Kaiser embraces a less gritty vision of pop, setting their sights on the sun-warped jangle of ‘80s Flying Nun this time around. Backed by ethereal synths and beset with jangles, the title track to this single is a bittersweet gem that would fit in well with the acolytes of the Nun that have currently cropped up all over Australia in the last few years. Elorduy and Kaiser have worked out a pretty solid handle on pop here, shedding some of their raucous punk past (Kaiser was also in Male Gaze), and it all comes crashing to a head on “Silver One.” On the flip, the band postures in am more tender vein, opening with the somber strains of piano, given a slight nod to their more lo-fi past before swapping the keys for strums that, like new works from The Tubs, rope in some of the more tender side of the Creation catalog to the mix with touches of Felt and The Sneetches sneaking in. A solid single from the new band and one that gives cause to keep an eye on them. Hoping that this works itself out into something longterm. “ - Raven Sings The Blues

Hear "Silver One":


VASAS is a psych/pop/rock band hailing from Sacramento, CA. Named for a poorly-designed Swedish ship-of-war that sank on its 1628 maiden voyage, the band operates with no lofty expectations — just the bliss of writing, performing, & recording simple, personal, and (often) trippy tunes. The group navigates through a number of moods & genres, the sound remaining raw & immediate. Influences include The Kinks, Big Star, Television Personalities, The Go-Betweens, and CAN. VASAS’ debut self-recorded eponymous EP (2015, Space Cassette Records) was well-received & led to solid college-radio play, several West Coast tours, & one epic week-long van breakdown in Nampa, ID. Their first full-length album (Diving Bells) was released by Death Records on cassette in 2016, and is finally available on wax with Bearded Beauty Records (Feb. 14, 2017). Hear "Such A Dog":

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