A Melissa Hood Article

On Wednesday, February 6th, Portland Metro Records presented Salem band The Glyph and Portland locals The Weird Kids at The Garages for the Beaverton venue’s first post-renovation concert.


The Garages certainly seemed like just that—a very big garage. Spacious, cold, and resembling a storage space for miscellaneous furniture. These are also elements that elicit feelings of 1960s garage rock shows, which, in the case of this unique music venue/satellite pub, worked as a positive.

The Glyph opened with the energetic song “Remembrance.” They immediately started to utilize the space on and around the small stage with an enthusiasm that emanated throughout the entire room. With each riff, the band became increasingly more comfortable in their zone. Each of frontman Jeff Brinkley’s guitar solos—most notably the solo in “Afire for You”–sang smooth and satisfyingly through the air.


Despite the small, laid-back audience, The Glyph played with a consistent energy that made it easy to imagine them playing comfortably in a bigger venue with a substantially larger, more enthusiastic crowd.


In between their last couple songs, Jeff takes a moment to address the energy him and his band have been radiating since the very beginning: “If I don’t feel it, it’s hard for you to feel it,” he said. His words bordered on apology, which was rather unnecessary; regardless of the size or visible enthusiasm of the crowd, the band played with commendable emotion.

Photos by Fear of Falling Photography

A Melissa Hood Article

After The Glyph finished their last song and said many a “thank you” to the audience and the hosts, the band took their seats at a front table while The Weird Kids promptly began setting up their own instruments and prepping for their set.

The Portland alternative-rockers opened with “Introspection” and the reverb instantly transformed the space from cold garage to something that felt more like an outside spring music festival. Much like The Glyph, The Weird Kids played as if they were performing in front of a much more substantial crowd.


Each member of the band brings in their own unique musical influence, which shows in their multi-genre infused repertoire. From the reggae-esque verses of “Twist of Lemon” to the head-banging energy of “Ethos,” The Weird Kids shifted the mood of the room smoothly from song to song throughout their entire set.


Frontman Nick Roberts held a very conversational dynamic with everyone else in the room, chatting humorously at the crowd as he tuned his guitar or gave some background details about a song during the set. Before their last song, Nick said, “We like to play some blues at the end of our sets every once in a while, just to make them perfect.” The band then turned the room into a groovy jam session, beginning with swing bass, added some crunchy guitar, then each member proceeded to improvise à la rock-jazz, showcasing a strong dynamic and good flow between musicians.


After The Weird Kids officially finished their set with a big thank you to all involved, Nick invited everyone to stay longer and have a drink with him. Everyone then immediately commenced mingling, buying merch and chatting casually as the positive vibes continued to flow through the room.


The recordings of both The Glyph and The Weird Kid’s songs don’t quite permit the same amount of energy that was created during their live show. The overall feeling of the event was something rather raw; a feeling of beginnings, and of a harbored potential that is being tapped into and sourced into music. There was a strong sense of authenticity about the venue and a sincerity in the music that felt like the start of a determined, capable future.

Photos by Fear of Falling Photography

A Melissa Hood Article


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