Holcombe Waller, with Chris Pureka, and Hana Malhas
Friday, April 29th, at The Blind Pig, 18+, Doors at 9
Portland via San Francisco singer, songwriter, composer and video artist Holcombe Waller is proud to announce the re-release of his latest record, Into the Dark Unknown on June 21st via Napolean Records. Released in limited quantities earlier this year, the album has been praised by the likes of NPR, Paste Magazine, and OUT as a beautiful piece of intimate chamber folk. Holcombe is also heading out on tour with Chris Pureka this spring.
The re-release follows Holcombe’s successful run at this year’s SXSW, which was praised by The New York Times and NPR as one of the festival’s best. A welcome respite from the intensity of SXSW, Holcombe played two stripped-down sets in his bedroom at the historic Driskill Hotel in Austin. Ben Sisario called the set, “the most unusual performance space at South by Southwest this year, and perhaps one of the most effective,” and Ann Powers chose the performance as one of her top three performances in Austin this year. Leading into the festival, Holcombe premiered his latest video for “Hardliners” at Paste Magazine. The beautiful, "one-shot" style music video was choreographed by legendary downtown artist Miguel Guitierrez, and follows Holcombe along a winding dream-like path from his bedroom to the stage and back.
For Holcombe Waller, Into the Dark Unknown was a labor of love that began with his theater piece, “Into the Dark Unknown: The Hope Chest.” Featuring many of the songs that ended up on Into The Dark Unknown, Holcombe staged the performance at The Public Theater in New York. It was commissioned by The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and On the Boards Theater, Seattle, with the support of the prestigious MapFund project grant and the National Performance Network Creation Fund.