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More than an album-release concert, James Dean Kindle & The Eastern Oregon Playboys have an experience planned that people will want to call home about.
The title of the group’s fourth album, “Roaming Charges May Apply,” comes from the common disclaimer associated with cell phone plans during the 2000s, said frontman/songwriter J.D. Kindle.
“That was a very restless, anxiety ridden decade for me where I bummed around the Pacific Northwest trying to figure out who I was and where I belonged while constantly rebounding back to my hometown of Pendleton,” Kindle explained. “Eventually I figured out Pendleton was the place I was meant to be all along.”
Most of the songs on “Roaming,” Kindle said, address the tension between personal identity and community and how you fill that space.
Described as a “community theater grade production of a Pink Floyd concert,” the album release event is Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m. at the Vert Auditorium, 480 S.W. Dorion Ave., Pendleton. It will feature moving set pieces, back up dancers, lights, fog machine, guest musicians, video projections, courtesy of Hermiston filmmaker Mitch Montchalin and the Eastern Oregon Film Festival, and many other surprises.
Advance tickets are $12, which are available at Great Pacific Wine & Coffee Co., 403 S. Main St, Pendleton, or www.brownpapertickets.com. Those sold at the door are $15. A no-host bar will be available during the show.
The event features special guests Point Juncture, WA. Kindle refers to them as “sibling bands,” as they’ve been extremely active in each other’s respective local music scenes.
“They have timeless art-rock/shoe-gazing sound — at times loud and psychedelic, at other times soft and sweet,” Kindle said. “They will nicely compliment the music that the Playboys and I will be presenting.”
Also, some of the back-up singers from the album and a few locals who will perform in the place of those who can’t make it, Kindle said. In addition, Boise journeyman musician Thomas Paul will perform as part of the band for the concert.
“Our friend Thomas Paul is our unofficial official fifth member. He usually plays whatever’s not being played,” said Peter Walters, one of the Playboys.
“Roaming Charges May Apply” was recorded at the historic OK Theater in Enterprise by Bart Budwig and co-produced by Paul. Kindle describes it as a “loose, high-desert rock concept album.” The guitars are fuzzy and reverb drenched, the monolithic drums pulverize and freight train whistles weave from track to track, he said.
And, when the party’s over, there’s an after-party at Virgil’s at Cimmyotti’s, 137 S. Main St., Pendleton. A surprise performer will be announced.
The album can be previewed/purchased at www.jamesdeankindle.com or www.bandcamp.com. In addition, it’s in rotation on the jukebox at The Packard Tavern in Pendleton. However, the band encourages folks to attend the concert and purchase a copy in person.
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