Though Berg Radin and company didn’t plan on creating a six-piece ensemble when they formed the Portland project And And And, the band grew because current members saw potential and enjoyed the collaborative style.
Though Berg Radin and company didn’t plan on creating a six-piece ensemble when they formed the Portland project And And And, the band grew because current members saw potential and enjoyed the collaborative style. Radin is joined by Bim Ditson, Nathan Baumgartner, Ryan Wiggans, Jonathan Sallas and Run 4 Yo Lyfe who are looking towards a second album release this summer.
After coming up from Eugene, the group has gotten connected through local shows and solid booking. This eventually led to the opportunity to play regularly at Ella Street Social Club.
“The band was able to form by most of us moving from Eugene,” Radin said. “We had a band in Eugene called SuperDream, so most of us were in that already…and then we started a whole new project called And And And when we were all living here.”
SuperDream started as Radin and company’s former band but has developed into a kind of “label,” though Radin says it is more of a collaborative experience for different projects instead of a true label.
“That’s my label that I started just because we had so many other projects that we did—I’m involved in every one of those projects so I just started it as a way to release our own music,” Radin said. “There are nine albums on there…it’s just like a way for us…to pretty much put all of our music in one spot.”
The band’s “rock” style with reverb and echo tendencies has helped it to fit in here in the Portland community. This has led the band to release an album titled We’ll Be Better Off With The Plants. And even after the band’s recent production, it plans to release another album around the end of June titled Fresh Summer. When it comes to other bands, The Archers and Young Prisms are two bands that And And And has enjoyed and hopes to play with in the future.
“We’re playing [the] Doug Fir for the first time, we just got asked to play the PDX Pop Now!, which we’re super excited for, and also the Musicfest Northwest in September,” Radin said. “PDX Pop Now! is probably…the next big thing we are excited for.”
And And And is excited to play at Ella Street Social Club tonight where the band has played multiple times in the past. With new upgrades at the venue, Radin and the band have noticed the changes and enjoyed the improvements.
“It’s one of our favorite places to play,” Radin said. “It’s small and like real intimate, the stage is small, we all cram onto this really small stage with all our stuff and it’s pretty cool…they just recently got a new PA system and that has changed it a lot…it’s awesome, it couldn’t be better.”
The band is joined by Gratitillium tonight, both being energetic groups who enjoy live performances as much as the audience.
“We’re all about bringing a ton of energy, we have a lot going on onstage,” Radin said. “Everyone is moving around a ton. So our main thing is to be super energetic.”
This energetic band plays tonight, but will also continue to play shows both at Ella Street and other venues such as the Doug Fir. Join the band for a high-energy and high-talent event tonight.