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Doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214
In its first full-length studio album, “We Chose the Devil Red,” Leaves Russell has succeeded in creating a richly layered and dynamic meditation. The recording debuts March 9 when the band returns to one of its favorite haunts, Doug Fir Lounge.
“It’s an album that sets out to explore the complexity of the human shadow, celebrating our simultaneous denial and acceptance of the darkness within each of us,” explains lead singer and lyricist Matthew Russell. Produced by bassist Inger Isaac Medina, mixed by Kendra Lynn at Jackpot! and mastered by Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph, the album might just take the quartet to the top of the city’s burgeoning indie rock scene.
“Devil” is the group’s second studio release, coming on the heels of two singles and an EP. The 11 songs “explore the impact of over-identifying with, as well as denying the existence of a shadow,” Russell notes. The songs balance lilting playfulness with swelling intensity, barely keeping an encroaching darkness at bay. Alongside Russell’s geologic vocals and crisp piano, the sound is built on monster drums by Jackson ‘Locomotivebreath’ Conrad, backing vocals and laserlike violin/viola/mandocaster by Thacher Schmid and earthy electric & standup bass by Medina.
Leaves Russell has built a groundswell of support in Portland, Bend, Seattle and elsewhere through frequent club and festival shows in the last three years. With its expansive sound and gorgeous art by Chase Velarde, “We Chose the Devil Red” may be the catalyst for greater regional or even national exposure.