Doug Tuttle

Doug Tuttle

Lina Tullgren, Other Colors

Sat, May 20, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 18 and over

Doug Tuttle
Doug Tuttle
Massachusetts songwriter Doug Tuttle returns with his third solo album, “Peace Potato”, to be released 5th May on Chicago label Trouble In Mind Records.

His 2013 solo debut (after fronting his longtime psychedelic band, MMOSS) was an insular and foggy psychedelic masterpiece punctuated by Tuttle’s stinging guitar leads, accented by flashes of bedroom Fairport /Crazy Horse brilliance, towing the line nimbly between elegance and ragged assurance. We last saw Tuttle on “It Calls On Me”, his 2015 sophomore album, which pushed his songwriting towards further clarity and melody; “Peace Potato” shakes it all down with Tuttle’s strongest batch of songs yet.

“Peace Potato” introduces itself with the horn-laden, honeydripper, “Bait The Sun”, a classic Tuttle tune; downer pop melodies coloring a hypnagogic landscape. It is indeed that state of lucid dreaming, somewhere between the onset of sleep is where Tuttle firmly plants the seeds of “Peace Potato”. Songs like the addictive Harrison-esque acoustic strummer “Can It Be” and majestic “Only In A Dream” kick in and fade out like the lurching of the mind’s dream state, with the listener’s only guide being Tuttle’s fragmented sensory narrative (see the undulating, utterly-effected “Life Boat” floating near the end of the first side.)

Songs stutter to life and grind to a halt, to calculated effect, stitched together into a patchwork of full tunes, song fragments and waves of melodic euphoria. Throughout all, Tuttle’s guitar picking and soloing echoes the greats of decades prior, Harrison, Thompson, Clarence White, with a conscious eye to the unsung bedroom and basement weird pop genius of sung and unsung artists like Harumi, Sixth Station, The Bachs and Jim Sullivan.

Tuttle played every instrument and recorded the entirety of “Peace Potato” in his Somerville bedroom studio; a ubiquitous location in these modern times, but the ease at which Tuttle’s songs fold and unfold, suggests something more than your usual home-recorded musings, “Peace Potato” feels natural and comfortable in it’s skin.

“…a new collection of effortless and breezy work that holds up in the arena of musicians taking a nod from rock’s past. It’s clear Tuttle was attentive to every detail on “Bait The Sun,” offering a smattering of ’70s harmonies and guitar work that pay perfect homage to the musical greats that came before him.” – Stereogum

“…the New Hampshire native, who played in New England psych outfit Mmoss, brings together fragile harmonies and frayed-at-the edges pop that is as compelling and it is soothing.” – Noisey

“The musical algorithm he’s concocted, while not entirely unique, is built for pure beauty, and Tuttle has homed in on a fantastic stretch of output as a result.” – Paste

“…this album is an impressive exercise in psychedelic world building. These songs are catchy and consistently captivating, full of studio tics and layers upon layers of well-placed instrumentals. There are guitar solos and tambourines, faraway wind instruments and sped-up tape effects. It’s a bit heady and a lot of fun-and probably best heard on headphones.” – Pitchfork
Lina Tullgren
Lina Tullgren
Lina Tullgren, the latest Captured Tracks' signee, is a Maine born songwriter with an eye and an ear for darkness. And the light. Sometimes it's quiet, but sometimes it's loud. When you grow up in the trenches of classical music and then, down the line, you learn about traditional fiddle music and old work songs, you can get burnt out on everything after a while. So, then you buy an electric guitar and start to write songs. If you aren't trying to be anything or anyone in particular; the songs that result are in their own way, raw, sincere and unique.

This signing sees a re-release of Lina's cassette Wishlist, an EP that was recorded in October 2015 with childhood musical partner, Ty Ueda. Two years after Lina wrote its opening track, a slow burner rock ballad, "Watchdog," the pair got together and recorded five tracks over the course of a few days on Ty's Tascam 388 at his house in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. They make a good team: with Ty being a manic perfectionist and Lina something like the opposite of a perfectionist. Because fuck being perfect. They can agree on a love of tape wobble and the integrity of songs that are, at a glance, strangely structured and honest. They're atmospheric and sad, but they're also hopeful. With songs that are never overtly planned, but instead felt and written in a stream of consciousness whenever the mood strikes. It was important to capture the pure energy and feeling of songs that can hit you where you feel, but you might not know it right at that moment. Like when you cry, but you don't know why you're crying. Or, when you smile and someone comes up to you and remarks at your grin and you didn't even know you were grinning. Like that.

In the tight-knit seaside community of southern Maine and seacoast New Hampshire, Lina grew up surrounded by musicians, artists and actors. They all, in their way, encouraged her to develop a voice that was singular, while always educating her about Brian Eno and Nirvana or Maurice Ravel and Gustav Mahler. You learn to hold your own when all of your parents' friends are all doing exactly what you want to do when you grow up. Why would you want to be an astronaut or a college professor or a doctor? It was within this erratic upbringing that she developed her obsessive ear for music, a sponge that hadn't yet found her outlet for the songs she wanted to sing.
Other Colors
Other Colors
Other Colors is a "future folk-rock" and "exploratory pop" trio from Baltimore comprised of songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Will Ryerson on guitar and vocals, Pat Berberich on bass guitar and vocals, and Dan Whatley on keyboard, guitar and vocals.

The band's self-titled debut album was recorded at home by Ryerson in 2010 and released on Baltimore-based label Genpop in early 2011. A quick set of tightly crafted songs driven by infectious melodies, vocal harmonies and atmospheric lo-fi production, the recording has a classic feel while evoking a wide variety of musical reference points both old and new.

The band has just completed their second album "Free Thoughts", and is currently looking for a label to release it. Recorded in Baltimore by engineer Dan Frome (Roomrunner), the new album features contributions from several notable local musicians, including Dave Jacober (Dope Body/Dan Deacon Ensemble) and Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak).
Venue Information:
Metro Gallery
1700 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD, 21201