It takes a considerable amount of effort not to use this as a podium to simply talk about the sheer number of times I’ve sent the song “Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)” through my ears. The now two-year-old feel-good indie-pop anthem from Ages and Ages is far from fading from my personal rotation though it appears I now have to dedicate some attention to new music.
The Portland group has unveiled two hand-clap-ready singles off their forthcoming third record, Something To Ruin, which will enter the world on August 19. Not one to deny a chorus their fair share, “As It Is” continuously builds as more and more voices enter what could only be one giant aural group hug. The previous single, “They Want More,” may yet be the infectious sing-along to dethrone from the album. As a bonus, if we’ve learned anything up to this point it’s that Ages and Ages is just a good at finding a perfect visual accompaniment as they are crafting their catchy tunes.
Setting sail as the album begins to work its way into everyone’s head, San Francisco will be stop number one on a complete cross-country tour. Included in their initial West Coast leg will be a double header in their hometown at Mississippi Studios. Returning your attention back to the corner of The Mission, it is my expert opinion that someone will need to preemptively isolate all those that wish to talk at the bar from the rest of the fans. I foresee far too many intent listeners and awkward-turned-endearing crowd participation in danger of these folk. “Do The Right Thing, Do The Right Thing. Do It All The Time, Do It all The Time…”
Whiskerman and all their revelry will be jumping on stage before the visitors from the North. Sure to be in tow will be a collection of songs off their May release; Champions. Show up fashionably early to catch the alt-country ballads of China. Those who caught their acoustic set at 25th Street Recording back in April know what’s up.
Ages and Ages, Whiskerman, China the Band
Brick & Mortar Music Hall
August 24, 2016
Bottom of the Hill
8pm, $10 (18+)