Kuinka + Tellers @ Rolling Bay Hall, Bainbridge Island [22 July]

Kuinka + Tellers


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22
July
19:30 - 23:00

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Rolling Bay Hall
10598 NE Valley Road, Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110
Doors 730 Show 8 All Ages

A reinvention rather than a refutation, the name Kuinka comes from the Finnish for how; how does a band bristling with spirited creativity continue to evolve artistically and challenge themselves while staying true to their own roots? For Kuinka, the answer comes in the form of letting go: a joyful acquiescence to faith in their cumulative love of songwriting and shared experience, regardless of genre or instrumentation. Brothers Zach and Nathan Hamer, along with Miranda Zickler and Jillian Walker, came together in 2014 to form a unique breed of string band; one proudly defiant of preconceived notions of what fits under the label 'Americana'.

Their 2014 debut The Wild North, which propelled the band out of the woods and onto stages across the country, was followed by their 2016 breakout LP The Heartland. Both albums were recorded at the famed Bear Creek Studio in Woodinville, WA (Fleet Foxes, Metric), and led to featured performances at dozens of festivals and several successful national headlining tours. Home from touring The Heartland, all four found themselves in the midst of major life changes both as people and as artists; moving out of the house they'd shared for the previous two years to new cities and broadening the total palette from which they draw as musicians. After fleshing out new songs in rehearsal, the band headed to a studio near Portland, OR with the trusted ears of longtime producer Jerry Streeter (Brandi Carlile, The Lumineers). The quartet was joined in the studio with their touring wizard of the woodwinds John Benefiel who handled clarinet and saxophone.

The songs on their forthcoming release Stay Up Late ring with the vibrancy of exploration and discovery. We've spent our time as a band in pursuit of a unique sound that captures our energy and essence, says Zickler. Once we came together and started work on the new singles, we knew it was time to redefine ourselves. We'd love for our music to be a soundtrack to adventure. The change represents finding your way, for both us and our listeners."

TELLERS originated with singer /songwriter Sarah Feinberg, whose music is known for its honesty and introspection. After compiling songs, Sarah collaborated with her longtime friend Brad Heyne and the two began playing shows. A year into the band's formation, Tyler Chism and Isaac Melum were added to the lineup.

They came to greater attention as a part of Everett's growing music scene with their debut EP Walking Blind, as well as playing shows from Bellingham to Seattle with artists such as Damien Jurado, Cataldo, Shelby Earl, Grace Love & the True Loves, Kuinka, Planes On Paper, Karl Blau, and Smokey Brights.

Their debut EP titled Walking Blind is a fresh direction for the band. It grapples with the uncertainties of life and the desire to make sense of the unknown, which comes out as strongly in the music as in the lyrics. The blend of heartfelt and ambient rock n roll wanders into new, yet familiar territory with each song.
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