Two years in the making, the Dowd Records Showcase is finally happening in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington on July 28th-July 31st. The event boasts four days of music, skating, parties – and even a scooter rally. Live performances are also on board, as well as a party, a skatepark demo, and an art opening from Tahiti Pehrson.

Three new singles are dropping for the showcase, and the events will offer exclusive vinyl, skateboard decks, guitar effects pedals, posters, t-shirts, gifts, and more.

The fun kicks off on July 28th at The Coffin Club in Portland with Sex Park, Foliage, Mononegatives, and Lumari, as well as special guests and DJs. This is a free show.

  • July 29th will showcase a Corey Duffel Adored Skateboards and Cal-Skate team meet-and-greet at Stronger Skatepark, with live music from the Dowd artists. Visual artist Tahiti Pehrson will have an opening, followed by an afterparty at The Vern…with Corey Duffel manning the DJ booth.
  • July 30th will be a showcase event in Seattle at the Lo-Fi Performance Gallery. Four bands will be playing full sets, with special guest DJ Closer in the house.
  • July 31st will take everyone to the Lay Low Tavern in Portland for an afternoon twist-n-play Scooter Club event with live performances from Foliage and Sex Park.

Sex Park, Foliage, Mononegatives, and Lumari are all releasing new singles for the showcase. You can hear three out of the four new singles below:

Sex Park – Without Reserve

Sex Park was formed in the winter of 2015/2016 by Daniel Blumenthal and Paul Burkhart, who were brought together by a mutual love of post-punk, synth pop, and 90’s dance music, as well as more modern forms like trap and grime. Guitarist Colin Buckley joined the band to accompany them on a West Coast tour to support Atrium, his elegant playing adding a dreamy new dimension to the band’s sound.

Sex Park’s upcoming full-length record (Dowd Records 2022) features the band exploring territory from Acid House to Italo Disco and even sampling opera, all while retaining their irresistible, distinctive synth-pop sound.

Mononegatives – Second Self

London, Ontario’s MONONEGATIVES deliver raw punk meets new wave/synth-punk with a high-anxiety modern-day ripping lo-fi punk sound. Their highly original and fascinating take on punk rock meets new wave is dark and discordant yet full of uplifting energy.

Mononegative’s debut LP, Apparatus Division, came out in late 2021 and immediately blew up beyond all expectations. It was covered by The Big Takeover, named Album of the Week by 50Thirdand3rd, and received rave reviews from every outlet that heard the album, and the vinyl sold out in a day.

The first single from the forthcoming second LP from Mononegatives shows them pushing their songwriting and guitar riff-age to new levels to create one of the best Mononegatives songs yet – “Second Self.”

New Exit In Shards will be released to streaming on the same day as the Dowd Records showcase and will also be pressed on limited edition vinyl.

Lumari – Neon Mirror

Lumari is an American dream pop/shoegaze band based in Minneapolis, MN. Boasting shimmering guitar textures to beautifully soaring vocals, they’re determined to carve out their own path blurring the lines between multiple genres. Even before performing their first show, Lumari is breaking through the noise with an urgency that has already caught the attention of record labels from three continents.

Read more about the events here.

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