100 Bands in 100 Days Presented by Verity Credit Union — Day 18: Airport

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Artwork by Seattle-area painter E.R. Saba

Music fans of the Pacific Northwest, get ready for our fourth annual year-end daily local music showcase, 100 Bands in 100 Days, where every day until December 31st, we’re showcasing a new band or artist you have to know about, presented by Verity Credit Union. Make sure you are checking the #100Bands100Days hashtag at Twitter on the daily to stay on top of all the bands featured and make sure to follow Verity on Twitter and NW_Music_Scene as well. Some days the featured act could be an established and locally-adored northwest-based musician and other times they could be a band with a small following that just hasn’t had their deserved time in the sun yet. Either way, we’re fairly confident you can come away from this daily segment with plenty of new favorites. Today’s featured artist is Airport from Portland.  

Today’s featured band has a sound that has been described as dream-pop and while that is certainly true, they borrow lightly from other genres to come up with their unique sound.  Most notably, a touch of country with a delicately placed pedal steel guitar but never enough to take it over, just enough to keep the listener guessing.

Airport is a 4-piece dream pop band out of Portland and their fun ennui sound has been compared to that of Alvvays, Yo La Tengo, and Galaxie 500. Slow Decline of an Evening Herald, the band’s 2nd LP, was released July 21st, 2017.

Most bands in this genre don’t have a trumpet in their arsenal but the recent album features both the trumpet work of Paul Brainard, as well as the aforementioned pedal steel guitar, also by Brainard, another instrument not used too often in dream pop. This delightful 10 song release was recorded, mixed and mastered at Haywire Recording by Robert Bartleson. On vocals, rhythm guitar, keys is Rachel Zakrasek, lead guitar, keys/Vincent Ballowe, bass/Terran Reinsel and on drums is Mike Artinian.

If you happen to be in the Portland area on October 12, they’ll be playing a show at The Lombard Pub with BESOS and Brides. Get more show information HERE.

They are a fun sounding band with a lot of upside and are deserving of some of your time to check them out.

(Listen to ‘Slow Decline of an Evening Herald’ below via Bandcamp, where you can also purchase it and you can get more info about the band on Facebook HERE.)

Submissions for 100 Bands in 100 Days are still open to any Pacific Northwest band interested in submitting. If you would like to submit for a chance to be featured in this segment, consult this link for more information on how you can do so.

A huge shoutout to Verity Credit Union for doing so much for the music community and for being such a great partner.