The Delines, Camerado

The Delines


Fri, July 10, 2015

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

The Delines
The Delines
It’s been a long way back for Amy Boone. In March 2016, the singer was hit by a car as she walked through a parking lot in Austin, Texas, causing horrific breaks to her legs. It’s taken
her the best part of three painful years, during which time she’s been through nine surgeries and various skin grafts, to be able to reclaim her place at the head of The Delines, the band she formed with Richmond Fontaine’s Willy Vlautin in 2012. What kept her going, apparently, was the knowledge that Vlautin had already written the bulk of what became The Imperial.

The lyrical preoccupations of this follow-up to 2014 debut Colfax are very much in keeping with Vlautin’s prior form, both as a songwriter and novelist. He’s drawn to those in society’s margins, damaged people trying to get by despite the odds, seeking warmth and comfort where, more often that not, there isn’t any. With the now defunct Richmond Fontaine, these tended to be forlorn, male-dominated environs.

But Boone’s soulful presence in The Delines brings a diferent slant to Vlautin’s characters, her voice transmitting something more hopeful and tender. “Cheer Up Charley” offers up balm to a boozer who’s lost his wife and can’t seem to get over it, the band coating the tale with a fat beat and sweet horns.

The Imperial is mainly about connections both missed and met, however briefly. The title track sees two ex-lovers reunite up for one last drink, 10 years after he was sent to prison for a deal that went south and ruined their relationship. “Let’s Be Us Again” is a country- soul ballad that stands alongside the work of Lambchop, Boone on terrific form as she details a couple who are desperately trying to rekindle what they once had: “Let’s go downtown/And hide in some old lounge/And let it get loose and easy”. Even the most unbearably sad tales –“Holly The Hustle”; “He Don’t Burn For Me”– are given empathetic grace by The Delines’ stirring arrangements.

The name “The Delines” came to Willy in a dream. He claims they were playing a nice venue somewhere and it was written across the kick drum. The idea for the band itself came long before on a tour with Richmond Fontaine. Amy was singing the female roles from the High Country and Post to Wire, originally sung by her sister Deborah. Backstage Amy would sing soul and opera numbers to warm up and get her mind off the psycho logger tunes and a-holes she was locked in a van with. Some of the soul singing must have found its way into Willy's consciousness however and upon returning home he penned several songs he hoped Amy would sing. Willy sneaked over to John's studio and whipped out some demos to share with Amy and Sean. They dug em! Amy chose her keys and Tucker came over to work out parts in the basement. They called Freddy in to lay down the bass and Jenny to play rhodes and organ. Finally they got Amy up from Austin and after some quality time in the basement hit the studio.

Band Members:
Amy Boone
Jenny Conlee-Drizos
Tucker Jackson
Sean Oldham
Freddy Trujillo
Willy Vlautin
Cory Gray
An indie rock supergroup of sorts, Camerado’s origins go back nearly six years, when Undertow Music Collective co-founder Mark Ray began writing a new batch of songs after moving to Portland, Oregon from the midwest.

Inspired by the untimely passing of his father and his family’s subsequent journey westward, Ray completed demos of the songs in 2010, sharing them with friend and frequent collaborator, and revered Denton, Texas drummer/producer Matt Pence (Centro-matic, Justin Townes Earl, Midlake), who felt the tracks should be realized as a proper album. Aided by Portland producer​/musician John Askew (The Dodos, Richmond Fontaine, Neko Case), the record was completed in Fall of 2014.

Shimmering with plaintive, pastoral textures, the eponymous album reveals Ray’s love of seminal early 70s work by ELO, Badfinger, and Pink Floyd fused with a​ lean,​ Pacific Northwest indie sensibility.

In early 2015, Camerado evolved from a recording project into a live act with the addition of multi-instrumentalist virtuoso Steve Rauner (Nadine, The Longest Days) and acclaimed songwriter Michael Sheridan (National Flower). They will be playing live dates in the Pacific Northwest and West Coast throughout 2015 in support of their debut.
Venue Information:
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212