The Ruffled Feathers take inspiration from the likes of Beirut, The Arcade Fire, and Belle and Sebastian. The band weaves fables of revolution, love stories, and cities away from home. Listeners expecting conventional guitar–driven indie–pop will find themselves swept into complex arrangements of trumpets and mandolins instead.
Formed in 2008 as a collaboration between Charley Wu (Piano, Mandolin, Guitar, and Vocals) and Gina Loes (Vocals, Guitar, and Ukulele), the duo sought out trumpet player Andrew Lee to complete the sound they were looking for. Their first EP titled Lost Cities was recorded in the summer of 2010 and features intimate guitar ballads (Your Embrace), upbeat piano driven rock (Home), and experimental pop (Paloma).
Their next single, "Blueprints for our Failed Revolution" from their 2012 release Oracles featured the band's first major music video endeavor. An antique drafting table was carried by snow–shod feet up a mountain.
A piano was burned off of forgotten logging roads in the middle of nowhere.
A burned down Juvenile hall on the coast of the Pacific Ocean was transformed into the headquarters of this fictitious revolution.
Propelled by a dedication to complex songwriting and challenging music, The Ruffled Feathers plunge into the tragic beauty of a modern dystopia in their unreleased EP Bottom of the Blue (2014).
The recorded collection illustrates the band’s pop interpretation of genres from the classical era, the 40’s, 80’s jazz and modern rock. Contrary to Lost Cities and Oracles, Bottom of the Blue was recorded with producer Rob Stefanson, (Hey, Ocean!, Hannah Georgas).
For The Ruffled Feathers, the Bottom of the Blue themes of impermanence, separation and reconciliation are mirrored by the group’s own process of rebirth and reformation.
The Ruffled Feathers current lineup is Gina Loes (vocals, guitar, ukulele), Andrew Lee (trumpet, vocals), Sam MacKinnon (drums), Molly MacKinnon (violin), Sophia Xiang (keys), and Paolo Brian (bass).
With an undercurrent of new musicianship and talent, live performances of the songs diverge from the recordings in style, arrangement and dynamics to produce a unique show experience that stands alone.
"The quintet’s bouncy keyboard and single trumpet (on top of standard rock instrumentation) were enough to pep everyone up at 11:30 a.m. The band balanced songs from their Lost Cities EP and both full–lengths, Oracles and Bottom of the Blue. The Ruffled Feathers also premiered a track that will appear on their new album. Ranging from energetic ("Home") to loungy with a hint of jazz ("Our Beautiful Hearts"), the Ruffled Feathers made for a fine choice to start the day" – Leslie Ken Chu, Khatsahlano Street Party
"You could get away with calling the Ruffled Feathers chamber pop if you really wanted to, but to do so would discredit how well thought-out their set turned out to be. Those in the crowd not dancing were observed to be tapping their feet and transfixed on the youthful musicians, who blended Broken Social Scene and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros into something warm and magical." – The Discorder
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