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On Saturday, June 16th there’s a show at Tweaked & Yummy Vintage Apparel, 1292 Ellis Street, which you really do not want to miss! Trust me! That’s because Kelowna is going be hosting an insanely talented group of multi-instrumentalists known as The Ruffled Feathers. They will be supported by Jordan Matchett and the Cantbeatits. Based in Vancouver, The Ruffled Feathers have just embarked on their West Coast Oracles Tour that will see them take in cities such as Seattle, San Francisco, Edmonton and Portland, among others. Kelowna needs to get out in force, not only to welcome this talented group, but also to demonstrate that we’re a worthwhile destination for artists, especially on a tour that takes in cities as large as those just mentioned. The action starts at 7pm and tickets are $10 a piece.
The band lineup consists of Charley Wu (piano, mandolin, guitar and vocals), Gina Loes (vocals, guitar, ukulele), Andrew Lee (trumpet and vocals), Matty Jeronimo (bass, guitar, baritone guitar and banjo) and Sam MacKinnon (drums and percussion.) The fact that each band member can play a number of instruments should give a hint to the talent this group possesses. Readers of my column will know I’m a huge fan of multi-instrumentalism, and quite rightly in my opinion, as it shows an ability and dedication that deserves to be highlighted.
The Ruffled Feathers (Photo: http://www.theruffledfeathers.com/)
I’m lucky enough to have a copy of The Ruffled Feathers album, Oracles, and having listened to it front to back, I can see how the band have been labeled as a ‘chamber pop’ act. They have an unconventional sound that owes a lot to the blend of instruments they play such as trumpet, ukulele and violin. This mix of classical instruments with pop hooks is why they’ve come to be labeled a chamber pop or baroque pop band. Interestingly, chamber pop was viewed in the UK in the 90s as a reactionary sound and viable alternative to the alternative rock music emerging in the era. With that said, The Ruffled Feathers have a sound that at once harks back to a bygone time, builds upon it, and remains strangely in-vogue. The Ruffled Feathers sound is certainly in keeping with the current alternative rock scene. Gina performs most of the vocals on Oracles and her voice has the ability to haunt and charm. The album is an ambitious undertaking that provides a number of highlights, my personal favourite being the track, Blueprints For Our Failed Revolution
Make sure you go and see these guys!
You can visit The Ruffled Feathers official website here: http://www.theruffledfeathers.com/
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