Wednesday, April 23, 2003
Formed in Portland, Ore., in late 1997, 4th Plane Jaiant is attacking the international rock music scene with a relentless presence.
Described as Peter Gabriel fronting Pearl Jam, there is no denying this four piece is one of the best indie bands on the scene.
This Saturday, they bring their driving groove to Savino’s Lounge, located downtown Hood River.
They've been recognized by countless publications including Billboard Magazine (one of 1998's best unsigned bands), the Musician's Atlas (2001 Independent Award winner), Jim Beam Corp. (2001 finalists for Best Unsigned Band in the nation) and the list goes on.
From their start in Vancouver, Wash., in 1996 to their current status as one of the Northwest's finest acts, 4th Plane Jaiant's success is a result of hard work, progressive musicianship, and perseverance. Taking nothing for granted, they show great pride in their music and have done everything in their power to get it to the masses.
“You just have to keep exposing your music to everyone that will listen…never be satisfied with what you’ve accomplished,” says songwriter and front-man, Chris Galyon.
“After years of knocking on the doors of A&R guys, they are finally inviting us in.”
For 4th Plane Jaiant it has always been about the music. The focus of the group has always been to push their musical innovation while maintaining accessibility to the listener. The music is melting pot of influences — its energetic, introspective and intelligent. The result is modern rock with comparisons ranging from a heavy Peter Gabriel/Genesis and Sting to a more aggressive Dave Matthews Band.
Since the release of BIPOLAR (MAY 2001), the band has earned showcases at Jim Beam ’s National Rock Band Search in Denver, CO., the Northwest Musicians Union ’s “Annual Showcase,” and Music Fest NW.
Other accolades in 2001 included receiving the Independent Music Award presented by Musician ’s Atlas for best reggae song and being voted a finalist in the Makeastar.com song contest.
From June through November 2001 “Everything in between” and “Kerosene Angel” held the #1 and #2 slots on Broadjam.com, while “Kerosene Angel” was chosen by RPMDirect.com to be included on a compilation sampler disc distributed to 11,000 A&R reps, producers, and national magazines. 2002-03 has put 4PJ out on the road in support of “Bipolar.”
Recently the band is in negotiation with management companies and labels hoping to solidify a label deal to release a third 4PJ album in 2003.
For more information, call Savino’s at 387-5511.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge