This summer, we’ll be stepping out a bit too, including a set at the International Pop Overthrow festival in August. Here’s our schedule as it currently stands:
July 12th: Mill Ends (with Magnetic Health Factory and Sugar Tits)
July 21st: Private show (with The Contestants)
August 16th: The International Pop Overthrow festival
September 28th: Trillium Cafe (Hood River)
MARCH 19, 2012
It’s been a busy winter for Metropolitan Farms, since the release of Our Hero Pleads His Flimsy Case. We’ve been playing live with the likes of Queued Up, Ross and the Hellpets, The Weak Knees, and Kinks tribute outfit The Carnabetian Army. And director Josh Vasquez has been shooting a video for Stars All Fall, coming soon to an internet near you.
Stars All Fall has been getting some airplay on Radio Reddit, and on DJ Noah Fence’s It’s a Nice World to Visit program on the Portland Radio Authority. Tear Me Apart has also been featured on It’s a Nice World to Visit.
Look for us at the Tonic Lounge on Saturday March 24 with The Contestants and Buzzy, and again at the Tonic on April 21 with The Carnabetian Army.
DECEMBER 29, 2011
The CD Release Party was a great success! Magnetic Health Factory and The Swindon Lot also agreed to donate their shares of the bar take to Kiva, to provide microloans for entrepeneurs in developing countries. Between the three bands, $180 was raised for an outright donation.
Thanks to Eric from Magnetic Health Factory, Andy from The Swindon Lot, and everyone else who made such a great night possible.
from the press release:
METROPOLITAN FARMS UNVEILS LONG-AWAITED FULL-LENGTH, SCHEDULES DEC. 3 SHOW
"Our Hero Pleads His Flimsy Case" is third release from Braxeling Records
Portland, OR -- Portland band Metropolitan Farms will feature music from its debut CD "Our Hero Pleads His Flimsy Case" at a Dec 3 World Famous Kenton Club show.
Metropolitan Farms, which is planning national distribution of the 15-song recording, will play with Magnetic Health Factory and the Swindon Lot. DJ Noah Fence will spin vinyl garage and pop favorites.
"Our Hero..." teems with upbeat British Invasion- and American New Wave-fueled catchiness. The opener "Stars All Fall" evokes mid- to later-period Guided By Voices (songwriter Josh Mayer plays regularly with Portland-based GBV cover band Giant Bug Village) while the breezy "I Could Be Anything" and "If You're Asking" could have been written during the cheery early-60s post-skiffle era. When Mayer's baritone guitar teams with ace rhythm section Joe Kobjerowski (drums) and L.W. McGrath (bass and harmony vocals), it results in a swing-pop hybrid that links whatever spectrum might link the Zombies and Randy Newman (for proof, check out the irresistible "Throwing Quarters at the Rummy.")
The band is highly recommended for fans of GBV, the Kinks, Olivia Tremor Control and The Smithereens.
Alex Dickey recorded the project at Fitzcarraldo, and it was mixed by Sean Flora, who's worked with such bands as the Shins and The Jicks.
"Our Hero..." is Mayer's second released LP. He and Dickey released "Elephant," under the name Metropolitan, in 1999. Kobjerowski also plays drums in the Honus Huffhines while McGrath, the long-time bassist for Sauvie Island Moon Rocket Factory, also plays drums with Hawthorne.
Magnetic Health Factory is making its full-band performance debut after leader Eric O'Connor released the full-length Western Medicine in 2009. The band features O'Connor (Mr. Howl, the Honus Huffhines) and Dave Sullivan (Trout Mystery, the Lodge Club).
The Swindon Lot is a side project of the Honus Huffhines' songwriter Andy Giegerich.
For more information, visit
www.metfarms.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: Metropolitan Farms, Magnetic Health Factory, the Swindon Lot, DJ Noah Fence
Where: World Famous Kenton Club, 2025 N. Kilpatrick St.
When: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 at 9 p.m