Don’t miss Kuinka on their “Candy Hearts Tour” as they perform a night of original music + classic love songs. Tickets on sale now! xoxo
-$7.00 online or $10.00 at the door day of-
Regan Clancy will be performing his debut album “Give Up Your Salt” as an opening set. (see R. Clancy’s bio further down)
Kuinka’s genre-defying music features several different lead singers, four-part harmony, and core elements of rock (lead guitar, synth, drums) flavored with eclectic folk instrumentation (cello, banjo, ukulele) and a driving dance beat. But through all of their sonic experimentation, the Seattle quintet’s songs and live shows are linked by an infectious energy that remains present in everything they do.
On their first self-mixed and recorded EP “Landlines,” Kuinka throws it back to the analog days of VHS and corded telephones. A departure from the “joyous folk pop” (NPR Music) of 2017’s “Stay Up Late” EP, the band explores the angst and anxiety of the world today through a mix of 90s synth and contemporary pop sensibility.
Written in the dead of winter holed up on the San Juan Islands, Kuinka’s four core members, Miranda Zickler, Nathan Hamer, Zach Hamer and Jillian Walker, drew inspiration from the house where they set up camp, a relic of decades past. Each track is an ode to various in-between states of mind, a familiar feeling to those who witnessed the rapid change brought on by the digital revolution.
“Kuinka crafts songs that are engaging and original with a proper amount of established canon and innovation. Stories are laced through the lyrics, there are celebrations as well as lamentations—there is synth and cello! It is such a wonderful thing to hear a sound you’ve adored for so long ameliorated like this, with nothing missing, only new possibilities added to the mix.” -Paste Music & Daytrotter
“Seraphic vocals bookended by ukulele, cello, and heavy percussion will leave you feeling giddy and glad to be alive.” -The Stranger
Miranda Zickler // vocals, synth, banjo, rhythm guitar + percussion
Jillian Walker // cello, synth + vocals
Zach Hamer // lead guitar, vocals, harmonica
Nathan Hamer // ukulele, vocals + mandolin
Michelle Nuño // drums
For Helena, Montana-based Regan, (R.) Clancy, songs come first. Growing up in a house filled with the sounds of the Beatles and Van Morrison, his love for aching lyrics set to well-crafted melodies was cemented at a young age. From the moment he picked up a guitar at age sixteen, Clancy’s intent was to create his own musical compositions, and he has followed that desire ever since. Having honed his writing skills over fifteen years as frontman for numerous bands and as a solo artist, Clancy draws from a deep well of influences to compose songs that are honest and inviting in a style that is wholly his own.
“Give Up Your Salt,” R. Clancy’s first release under his own name, finds Clancy indulging in his love for energetic electric guitar-driven indie rock in the vein of such experimental bands as Broken Social Scene, Wilco, and Nada Surf. At the core of these ambitiously dense compositions is Clancy’s poetic observation of the human experience, revealed in nuanced lyrics that catalog a wide range of relatable emotions. The eclectic collection of songs invites a second and third listen, best served loudly.
He is currently working on a full-length record and is playing concerts around Montana as a solo performer and as singer/bassist with Hard Hugs, a synth-punk-disco group from Helena.