Review of Genders, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Rontom's in Portland, Oregon March 31, 2013 By: Zak Nelson
After recently discovering various local venues around the city, I was very pleased to visit the much talked about Rontom's to see Wooden Indian Burial Ground and Genders perform. A seemingly deserted Rontom's turned into an explosive night of dreamy beached guitars and psychotic garage-rock dynamics within minutes.
Portland local Genders, opened the evening with an array of colorful guitar lines and precise expressive drumming. After coming off a six show tour run, including Treefort Music Fest in Boise, this four piece immediately came off as confident and incredibly capable musicians. Spacey guitars reminiscent of Mare Vitalis-era Appleseed Cast flowed perfectly with the Warpaint-esque vocals of guitarist Maggie Morris and Drummer Katherine Paul. The very promising set was held all together by Katherine Paul's tremendous drumming abilities. Unpredictable and yet exceptionally controlled, Katherine's pulsive energy filled Rontom's dim insides with a catchy and powerful light almost immediately. The entire set continually built upon itself as more and more people became enveloped in their space-beached accessible sound. A band with immense talent and vast potential, Genders is easily one of the most enjoyable and catchy bands in Portland.
Wooden Indian Burial Ground finished the night off with one of loudest sets I have ever experienced. Although coming off of an extensive March tour also including Treefort Music Fest, Wooden Indian Burial Ground blasted away into the night as if it had been one long chaotic jam session. Although the amount of guitar feedback frequently drowned out the vocal hoots and mumbles, the trio played with laid back punk as fuck chops. The shrill guitars were fierce and at times painful, but were approachable and tastful enough to be reminiscent of Thee Oh Sees and Link Wray and his Wray’s if those guys were spazzy cokeheads. With the recent influx of garage and surf oriented music, it’s very easy to pass through the mix with a closed ear and closed perspective. Wooden Indian Burial Ground’s tumultuous energy is enough to keep them sticking around for the waves of mimicry and noise to die down.