Portland-based band, TENTS share their sophomore album, “Medicine” out now on all DSPs via Badman Recording Co. Earlier this week, mxdwn premiered their latest video, "Cashmere" praising, "80s-inspired visual techniques with lush, hooky music." This week their single, "Hutah!" was featured as the "Song Of The Week" with Portland Radio Station, KINK FM.
With the release of their album, the band begins their album release tour across four West Coast dates, more info is below.
“Medicine” is the sophomore effort of Portland based outfit, TENTS. It is a fist fight between melancholy and resolve.
“Medicine” sounds like an indie record that was made in the Northwest. The hooks, the production, and the sensibilities are of the fold. The sentiment, however, is not. It is on the front foot. It is brave, celebratory, and intent. In “Medicine”, TENTS departs.
Most of the songs on “Medicine” were conceived, not unlike a soundtrack, to videos Brian Hall created.
“Hutah!” is about body positivity and the beauty of life. It started with a friend dancing in an abandoned warehouse. “Insert some Quarters” is a call to action littered with 90's movie and tv references. It started with footage of Golden Gate Park captured during a west coast stint. “Joy!” was written to footage of Hall jumping in to a kiddy pool.
The kiddy pool is paramount, as is the notion of playfulness. Not as a form of escape, but as a way to ground oneself. Parenthood has been a big turning point for TENTS. Throughout “Medicine”, Brian embodies a broken hearted father drawing on the buoyancy of his children. “Parenthood has gotten me outside myself. I’ve let go of some grief,” says Hall.
The images that inspired “Medicine” resonate. The album scales many different terrains. At times full of joy, at others grief, these songs visit pain, but they erupt from inside of it, presenting the listener with the notion that life is full of beauty and meaning.
TENTS is Amy, Chris, and Brian Hall, joined by drummer Joe Greenetz (Sherwood) and Bassist, Matt Taylor (Motion City Soundtrack). Remi Aguilella (Daughter) also played Drums on Medicine.