Healers is an East Bay-based trio led by Oakland-via-Olympia, Washington artist and musician Nick Wortham (above). The band’s angular, art-rock feel immediately calls to mind the sound of old school post-hardcore acts from the East Coast like Les Savy Fav and Liars, which – in this writer’s humble opinion – can’t be anything but a positive.

The band’s 2012 self-titled debut tape is their only release so far, and they describe it as “30 minutes of song and sound collages recorded at Twin Maples in Olympia, WA over the fall and winter of 2012.” That kind of makes it sound like some sort of easy listening soundscapes, which it most certainly is not. No, Healers is more like a 30-minute confrontational pronouncement, replete with driving beats, Wortham’s singular voice, and often shrieking guitar work. Listen to the album in its entirety below (or download it for FREE), and then check out details on their show next Friday at a super-secret venue in Oakland (which may or may not be an old RCA TV repair shop located at 652 West MacArthur).

Silver Shadows, Mansion, Slowfast, Healers
RCA (Oakland)
March 7, 2014
8:30pm, FREE