Royal Canoe, Animal Eyes, Mothertapes

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Holocene Portland says
21+, $7 adv / $8 day of

A six-piece ensemble from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Royal Canoe give you everything, but on their own maniacally hybrid terms. It's one thing to reference a particular style, or even a range of styles. It's another thing entirely to grab huge handfuls of sounds from pretty much anywhere, throw them all together and come up with something both cohesive and totally distinctive--something that also happens to ripple and crack with energy. This is what Royal Canoe does best.

Royal Canoe's dedication to crafting a seamless musical pastiche is obsessive. For live shows, they'd rather lug hundreds.


Animal Eyes is a group of five friends who grew up together in rural Alaskan towns with populations below 5,000. In that vast space they began the musical exploration that eventually led them to the discovery of their own sound. It also led them to Portland, OR, where they recorded their debut album, 'Found in the Forest'.

After touring the West Coast extensively and spending their spare time writing new material, the group returned to the studio to record their newest EP 'Ursus'.

'Ursus' maintains the folk lyricism and complex rhythms of the first album, but the sound has evolved to embrace rock/dance energy and hip-hop drum beats, calling to mind bands such as Grizzly Bear or Animal Collective. Ursus is intense, but does not sacrifice the dedication to intricately layered guitar/vocal melodies and honest songwriting that helps to characterize the sound of Animal Eyes. Currently, Animal Eyes is recording their upcoming album, playing shows in Portland/around, planning their next tour dates, and playing with dogs.


Mothertapes is a progressive pop duo from Portland Oregon.
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By: Holocene Portland

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