Here in Portland, First Look does everything right for the local music scene and does it on a consistent basis. Over the last several months the people who bring you First Look have dove right into the deep end, taking on all music that has come their way for the once-monthly gathering at The Analog Cafe.
For the month of March, First Look brought their fan base two new Portland original acts, DJ Paradox and Atomic 45, along with First Look's host band, The Bar Pilots. When the clock hit 7:00, the lights dimmed and the music started in the Analog.
The music started with DJ Paradox, who spun his fast and furious mixes of rock music laced with a slice of hip-hop beats. As the set took hold, with the crowd forming, Paradox's music became more methodical and hypnotic, setting the mood for the rest of the evening's acts.
Once DJ Paradox finished his set he made way for The Bar Pilots, who kept the tempo by opening up with a fast-paced punk rock explosion of heavy guitar and bass riffs, playing original songs like the gritty “Road Song” and the upbeat “Lift Me Up.” As the Bar Pilots landed their set, they made way for the high octane two-person punk powerhouse Atomic 45.
Atomic 45 hit the stage and maintained the pace that was set by DJ Paradox. Atomic 45 captivated the audience with an unmatched energy reminiscent of the New York punk scene of the 70s and 80s. Playing high-energy songs like "Parent Trap," “Cauterized” and “Space Case," they kept the crowd moving all night long.
As the night closed, the fans of at The Analog left fully satisfied, with a heavy dose of different styles of all original local music.