I learned about Old Light when the band’s Facebook post about their album ICE PHARAOH was widely-shared within the Portland music scene in late-2014. It was basically an anti-Kickstarter. First, they made the album. Then, they asked people to buy the album (mind-blowing, right?). And, they asked people to buy the album so they could pay back the debt they’d accrued making that album, not so they could make another one. It was refreshing in that era of out-sized fundraising campaigns.
I ended up listening to ICE PHARAOH a ton and was delighted by its energy and tongue-in-cheek feel. Later, I discovered THE DIRTY FUTURE. I was surprised to find an album with an entirely different sound, but one that I loved no less. It seemed that whatever Old Light’s diverse influences were at any given time, they made music that fit perfectly in context with earlier music I’d loved. I grew to think about the band more for these albums that I so enjoyed than for the way I’d first learned about them. But, the ethic that came through in that first Facebook post never left my mind.
We invited Old Light to record at Banana Stand because we love the music they make. But, we also deeply respect the ethic with which they’ve made it. They’ve stuck with it, and they’ve done it the right way. I think that’s why we’re so glad to see the band gaining wider acclaim. Their success is hard-earned and well-deserved.
Old Light – Live from the Banana Stand was recorded before a live audience on February 21st at the Banana Stand in Portland, Oregon. The album was recorded by and mixed by Matt Thomson and mastered by Chris Vita. Dane Brist produced art for the album, which includes original photography from Banana Stand staff. Videos of Old Light’s performance at Banana Stand feature footage from camera operators Tyler Bertram, Nick Gattman, Marie Sullivan, and Robbin Goss, were directed by Nick Gattman, and were edited by Michael McInerney. Banana Stand thanks Old Light (Garth, Patrick, Scott, and Mike), all who participated in this album’s creation, and anyone that has helped us out along the way.