It’s not every began-in-Eugene-but-moved-to-the-big-city (in this case, L.A.) band that comes back to town for a month of Sunday shows. The Parson Red Heads have done residencies at a few L.A. venues; next month, they’re settling in three cities at once, playing Mondays in Portland, Thursdays in Seattle and Sundays here, at Sam Bond’s.
Wisely, the band has a different opening act each weekend, including fellow former Eugenean Erik Carlson’s DoublePlusGood and still hometown-boys Yeltsin, who have a new record, Rhinestone Glow, coming out Feb. 1.
February 07 – Parson Red Heads w/Norman
February 14 – Parson Red Heads w/Leo London
February 21 – Parson Red Heads w/DoublePlusGood
February 28 – Parson Red Heads w/Yeltsin
The band’s photos tend to make them look like a big hippie family transported into the wrong decade; the best quote in their press release is this one, from Metromix
This impossibly pretty gang of California love and harmony plays like Brian Wilson never lost his mind and instead spawned a new generation of composers to finish his teenage symphony to Godâ€¦ imagine Fleetwood Mac making Rumours without the cocaine and wife-swapping
Their most recent release is last April’s “Orangufang” 7″, which you can pick up in non-retro-cool-vinyl format on iTunes.