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Part Pop-Punk, part Dream-Pop, Counterfeit Kubrick is the indie solo project from Portland-based musician Ethan Conrad. Ethan played guitar in Portland metal bands Queen Chief and SAOLA but yearned to create music that was less on the heavy side of the musical spectrum. Enter Counterfeit Kubrick, the half-serious, half-baked ramblings of a disillusioned youth. Counterfeit Kubrick’s debut album, Look Both Ways was released in spring 2020, with a large part of the writing and recording process taking place in his bedroom during a global pandemic and local quarantine, and Conrad wrote, performed, recorded, and produced every aspect of Look Both Ways, other than a guest vocal feature from fellow SAOLA guitarist, Mia Pinzelik on ‘New Dawn’. Look Both Ways was largely inspired by Ethan’s favorite indie rock bands such as Modern Baseball, Sorority Noise, Jets to Brazil, M83, and Beach House with twists and hints of his metal background intertwined into a lush soundscape of dreamy-pop-punk.
4 friends playing songs built like rollercoasters. Dedicated to good craftsmanship, emotional openness and maximum effort.
Rat Paws was born in a basement in Ann Arbor, MI in 2011 as the solo project of Eleanor Dumouchel. Conceived as an untutored, single-celled organism, a hybrid of Red Kross and Royal Trux, Rat Paws played out sporadically throughout the 2010s along the Saint Lawrence seaway (Montreal, and the Ann Arbor – Detroit area.) In 2016, Eleanor began writing songs that were strategically insipid, hinting at a hidden world of self-denial and pain. Feral, explicit, autobiographical and taking no prisoners, this stage of RP’s development was captured by Fred Thomas in a practice space on Jean-Talon blvd. in Montreal and released (cassette only) on his Life Like label in 2016.
Since 2018, Rat Paws has been toughing it out in the dystopia known as Seattle, where you can catch a live full-band Rat Paws show roughly once a month. A concise intro to the Rat Paws universe, 2023’s EP “Trite You Are” showcases Rat Paws, then and now, and includes a handful of live tracks recorded at Eleanor’s favorite dive bar. Cassettes of “Trite” will be available in early 2023.