KEXP Ballard Day @ Sunset Tavern: Point Juncture, WA

photos by Dave Lichterman

Portland five-piece Point Juncture, WA are the very definition of DIY. As a band, they bought and jointly share a house; there they grow food, which they cook over campfires on tour; they remodeled a dilapidated barn on their property into a home recording studio; they’ve even printed their own records. For all this homegrown effort, the band’s still frightfully unknown, despite playing with such luminaries as The Thermals, Stereolab, and Britt Daniel (Spoon). They’ve performed at Sasquatch! and Bumbershoot, but their dub-inspired beats, minimal guitar, and poignant keyboards never seem to lift them higher than the lower undercard.

If anything, the band’s not worried. In an interview with KEXP the band said “In the end, it comes down to people doing what they love instead of trying to make a career out of it; they’re just really passionate about it and it shows in the things that they do.” This is especially true for the quirky Juncture rockers -- they’re never afraid to be themselves. This kind of gleeful naivete permeates their music and makes it impossible not to appreciate.

Continuing our broadcast from the Sunset Tavern to celebrate the winners of our Hood to Hood, Ballard!, Point Juncture, WA performed an ebullient set of indie rock (lively enough, even if they claimed that they were playing their “slower” songs!). Check out the photos here:

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