BLACK BELT EAGLE SCOUT
Friday, November 8, 2019
Black Belt Eagle Scout with Special Guests
Drop-Off Productions proudly presents the music of Portland-based Black Belt Eagle Scout. In an era that demands increased visibility, Katherine Paul (who goes by KP for short) channels her own autonomy as Black Belt Eagle Scout. Paul is a spokesperson for both herself and the histories that she embodies as a queer indigenous woman. Her music is a direct reflection of her upbringing, and she describes the songwriting process as a kind of therapy. There’s a universality to Paul’s soul-searching, a yearning that transcends the boundaries between people and speaks to the human condition in general. She is adamant about using her newfound musical platform to encourage a dialogue about indigenous resistance, climate change, phases of grief, and most importantly, acknowledging the struggles of those around you. Mother of My Children, Paul’s debut album that was re-released on Saddle Creek Records in September, is a window into a particular time in her life. After a series of heartbreaks, including a disconnection with her best friend and the passing of her mentor Geneviève Castrée, Paul used songwriting as a tool to both heal and document her experience of sudden loss. Heralded as a favorite new musician of 2018 by the likes of NPR Music, Stereogum, and Paste, the album was also named as a “Best Rock Album of 2018” by Pitchfork, and garnered further end-of-year praise from FADER, Under The Radar and more. Arriving just a year after that debut record, At the Party With My Brown Friends is a brand new full-length recording from Black Belt Eagle Scout. Where that first record was a snapshot of loss and landscape and of KP’s standing as a radical indigenous queer feminist, this new chapter finds its power in love, desire and friendship. At the Party With My Brown Friends (also on Saddle Creek Records) is a profound and understated forward step. The squalling guitar anthems that shaped its predecessor are replaced by delicate vocals and soft keys, sentiments spoken and unspoken, presenting something shadowy and unsettling; a stirring of the waters.The end result presents a captivating about-face that redefines KP’s beautifully singular artistic vision. At the Party With My Brown Friends is introduced in greater detail here via a new statement by the artist.“If you can imagine all of the best things that the Pacific Northwest has brought us—Mount Eerie, Grunge, Sleater-Kinney, The Girls Rock Camp, and lush mountain ranges—reimagined and told through the perspective of an Indigenous Swinomish/Iñupiaq woman; if you can imagine the magic that would bring to your life then you can imagine Black Belt Eagle Scout.” Additional support to be anounced. This is a 21+ show at the world famous Surfside 7, Friday, November 08 – Tickets are $12.00 Advance/$15 Day of show and will be available online at www.surfsideseven.com, the ticketing link above and the bar beginning Friday, July 26.
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