Tender Loving Empire Friends & Friends of Friends Vol 10 Comp Release: Reptaliens, Kelli Schaefer, Deathlist, Bryson Cone, more


8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over

This event is part of Tender Loving Empire's All Together Festival, celebrating 10 years of handmade goods and local music.

Bambi and Cole met on a basketball court, filming a music video for a band that didn't have any music. After dating for six months, the two married under a blanket of smoke from the season's forest fires.

Reptaliens quickly evolved from a conceptual collage of ideas into the bedroom recording project for the duo, captured with analog synthesizers, electric guitars, and melodic bass lines, and tape delayed vocals telling stories of science fiction, obsession, and transhumanism.

As long time, active participants in the Portland music scene, Bambi and Cole call on a number of talented musicians to guest on songs throughout the entirety of Reptaliens' recordings and live performances. The band embraces the captivity of their audience with their sincere and theatrical performances.

MAARQUII- (marquise dickerson) was born in Eldorado Arkansas, he moved to Tillamook Oregon at 13. There he acquired a deep interest in the arts; music and dance specifically. He trained in ballet, jazz, and street styles such as vogue, house and waacking. Highly influenced by ball culture and the underground queer club scene, his art often reflects those influences. Musically, he is inspired by greats like Erykah Badu, Myyki Blanco, Missy Elliott, and Zebra Katz to name a few. In the last year alone he has infiltrated the Portland scene; cultivating his craft and performing at parties such as "Club Kai Kai," "Boyuerism" and "Yes Please.” He is also a dancer for local RnB band Chanti Darling, who was recently voted Portland's best new band by Willamette Week. It was through performing at the local event "Sad Day" ( put on by Patrick Buckmaster) that he was introduced to producers/artists Derek Stilwell and SaintMichaelLorenzo of JVNITOR and BRUXA, and thus "HEAVY PETTY" was born.

There’s a moment at which Kelli Schaefer’s debut album Ghost Of The Beastgoes past simply being fantastic to that rarified air of being truly transcendent.

It happens in the song “Sister K”, a track that as it pulses forward with a shuffling train-like drum beat and slow building layers of guitar and ambient noise. As Schaefer rolls out devastating lyrics about the pain that all of us face at one point or another in our lives, she reaches the chorus: “After a good fight with illustrious intentions/after a good fight we barely broke the movement/after a good hard fight with the purest of desire.”

And then, Schaefer reaches for a note she can’t quite reach, but imbues her cracking voice with thick volumes of emotion and intensity as she sings: “Oh God I’m still on fire!”

It’s those moments that music fans yearn for when they drop the needle on a new album or cue up an mp3 on their iPod. We seek artists that pull our most deep-seated emotions out of us, and when they do, we will give them our undying devotion in return. 26-year-old Kelli Schaefer manages to do that with one broken note.

The gorgeous album is the creation of Schaefer and a murderer’s row of Portland musical talent: her label mate (and an amazing musician in his own right) Drew Grow, multi-instrumentalist Bryan Free, and members of Grow’s backing band The Pastors Wives. Together, they have created a multi-hued album that brings out the darkness and the light of Schaefer’s soul-searching lyrics.

The press of the world is starting to take notice as well. The music intelligentsia of Portland chose Schaefer as one of the city’s Best New Bands in a recent poll in Willamette Week (the accompanying feature on Schaefer referred to her work as “bucolic pop with a feral and feminist spirit”). Paste Magazine has sung her praises and debuted the startling video for her song “Black Dog” on their website. Zaph Mann at OPB Music calls her “a raw and undeniable talent,” and Barbara Mitchell on Oregon Music News said, “There are hints of Bjork, PJ Harvey and Billie Holiday at work — powerful, emotionally resonant creativity centered around a truly captivating and unique voice and vision.”

It’s rock music that encourages deep concentration as much as it does a slow roll of your hips; pop music that leaves a bittersweet aftertaste; folk music meant for a dark nightclub instead of your local coffeehouse. And even Schaefer’s straining voice doesn’t grab you in “Sister K”, there are dozens of other small moments in Ghost Of The Beast that will have you gasping for air or grabbing for the lyric sheet.

Deathlist is the solo recording project of Summer Cannibals bassist Jenny Logan. [Her] self-titled debut [is] six tracks of frenzied punk rock that riff wildly until they're caught in a buzzy entanglement of guitar-driven chaos. Standout track "Every Wish" plays like a slow-dance duet sung by these hyperactive electric guitar parts and Logan, who asks in a subdued tone, "How do you know it ends tonight?"
-Portland Mercury

Bryson Cone is pop, jazz(ish), soul(ish), synth, goofy, art rock, bla bla blarf. The Cone is sexy sax and synth, melty guitars, Brian Wilson Bowie vocals and old soul drums and bass. Imagine the sound of a synth being dropped in a boiling pot of Nickelodeon slime with tiny operatic singers chopped up and sprinkled on top by a sad clown poet cooking in his spaceship on a long ride home to planet Conia.

Bryson Cone is a solo project started by Bryson Hansen in March 2016. Hansen is an artist living and working in Portland, OR. Hansen has played in various other projects including main songwriter and singer for Fog Father, synth wizard for Reptaliens, guitar geek for Sex Money Monks and a few live guitar gigs with Gary Wilson. Bryson Cone is yet to release a debut EP, but hope to have the first freak-pop melt down avail in early 2017.


Wed, 11/01/2017 - 8:00pm
Kelli Schaefer
Bryson Cone