loch lomond
As evidenced by this year’s South by Southwest, Portland may just be taking over the independent music world. There are so many good bands coming out of Portland, it’s hard to keep track. We were lucky enough to see many of these, but one that really made an impression on us is Loch Lomond. They will grace San Francisco with a show at Cafe du Nord on Monday, April 13, and you can win two tickets! Keep reading for info.

The term “chamber pop” seems to be coming up a lot to describe Loch Lomond, but the rich textures created by this seven-piece band form a weave of different styles in a way that goes far beyond the scope of those two words. The band mixes guitars, bass, keyboard and drums with gossamer vocal harmonies, banjo, mandolin, viola, clarinet and vibes. As if the symphonies created by so many instruments wasn’t enough, lead singer Richie Young’s vocals can sound like at least 4 different people, from deep and resonant to high and nasal and everything in between.

It’s clear that the experiences each member brings to the band are folded into the music, which give it both an edge and a lot of heart. Conquering the ultimate challenge of the large band, Loch Lomond’s recordings as well as their live shows do not sound overcrowded, and every instrument has a necessary and elemental purpose.

If you’d like to see this great group from Portland on Monday, send an email to contest

[at]thebaybridged.com and tell us your favorite Loch Lomond song. We will choose a winner at random and notify you on Friday, April 10. The show is with another fantastic Portland band, Blind Pilot. The show starts at 9:30pm and costs $12.

In the meantime, the band has released a beautiful new video for their song “Blue Lead Fences,” directed by Alicia J. Rose. Enjoy: