The Love and Stress Compound at Club 66
When Dusty York, singer and guitarist for Portland rockers Tiburona, decided to start The Love and Stress Compound, he didn't realize that the side project would soon become his main focus.
"Everything came together effortlessly," York says. "Once I got the feel for the project, I just started writing all this stuff for it."
The Love and Stress Compound — which features York on guitar and vocals, his Tiburona bandmate, Wendy Behrend, on vocals, keyboards and glockenspiel, Jennifer Kersgaard on cello and Robert Grubaugh on drums — will play at 9 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Club 66, 1951 Ashland St., Ashland. The cover costs $5.
York uses the term chamber pop to describe The Love and Stress Compound's music.
"We have film soundtracks in mind for some of the music, but there's also some stuff that would be really radio-friendly too," York says. "There's a singer, songwriter element to it, but there's also this ambient thing."
York began his musical career as a saxophone player, releasing five albums on his jazz record label Diatic Records. York decided that he wanted to leave the saxophone and jazz behind. So he picked up a guitar and started the pop rock band Sad Little Men and Tibrurona. York started The Love and Stress Compound in the fall of 2013 when he had a stockpile of music that he felt didn't fit with Tiburona's sound.
"I had all of this mellow material that I was writing," York says. "I didn't have a place to put it, so I just decided to start another project."
York says that his experiences with music are a combination of love and stress, which is where the band's moniker comes from.
"It's definitely a more personal project for me," York says.
The group is influenced by musicians such as Sufjan Stevens, Iron and Wine and Devendra Banhart. York also says that the band is heavily influenced by film and directors.
"Our connection to film is huge," York says. "Wendy and I are huge film buffs."
Specifically, York says that the band is drawn toward art house films and is inspired by directors who make clever use of sound in their films. He cites Lars von Trier, Ingmar Bergman and Wong Kar-Wai as such directors.
The band is in the studio working on a five-song EP and a full-length album. York says that the group also hopes to make its stage show a multimedia experience.
"We're going to have a lot of film projected onto us. It should be really cool," York says. "Unfortunately, we won't be able to do that at every venue, but I think the (music) stands out really well even without all of that."
While on stage, the band transitions each song into the next, creating a live show that is all about the music.
"It's a lot of fun doing it like that," York says. "I don't have to come up with any witty banter."
In the meantime, York says that the band is very excited to play in Ashland.
"We love the place and hope to come down there a lot," York says. "Tiburona really wouldn't work down there, but this project does and it's one of the first places we wanted to go play."