Anyone who’s ever been in a band and grown frustrated by managing three or four different schedules while juggling three or four eccentric personalities would blanche at the prospect of being in Typhoon. With a rotating lineup of up to 12 members (who needs one drummer when you can have two?), Portland’s Typhoon is the kind of indie group critics fall all over themselves to heap praise upon. This band is emotive — think Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes. The group is lyrically epic and sweepingly romantic à la The Decemberists or Arcade Fire.
Typhoon began life in Salem. Its early recordings show the band dabbling in everything from sea shanties, to Eastern European sounds and country western. In 2010 Typhoon placed second in Willamette Week’s “Top-Ten Best New Bands in Portland” list and has been carrying the mantle of “next big thing” for some time now.
Last year’s release A New Kind Of House clocks in like an incomplete sentence at only 22 minutes. But it does a lot in a short amount of time: shouty anthem-like choruses blend with primal rhythms (did I mention two drummers?), mariachi-flavored horn arrangements meet a lush bed of strings, and simple guitar arpeggios back-up vocalist Kyle Morton’s warbling tales of sadness and loss — often inspired by his own struggle with Lyme disease as a kid.
Typhoon plays 9 pm Friday, March 2, with Motopony and Ravenna Woods at WOW Hall; $10 adv., $12 door.