Comprised of Sarah Rose (guitar, bass and vocals), Sarah Nienaber (guitar, bass and vocals) and Mara Appel DesLauriers (drums and vocals), the Portland, OR-based indie rock/shoegaze/dream pop trio Candace can trace their origins to the formation of the Minnesota-based indie rock trio Is/is. Featuring Rose, Neinaber and Appel DesLauriers, the trio recorded and released This Happening EP in 2010 “Vowel Movements”/”Blackest Beat” 7 inch in 2011. DesLauriers relocated to Portland and as a result the band’s 2012 full-length debut III was recorded with three different drummers; in fact, the band fittingly (and perhaps jokingly) titled the album III to acknowledge the three drummers they needed to finish the recording sessions for the album.
Over the next two years, Is/Is went through a number of lineup changes with drummers cycling in and out of the band — and frustratingly for the band’s founding members, each lineup felt like an approximation of what they felt the band was supposed to be. After recording their self-titled sophomore effort and the Shadow Days tape without a drummer, the two remaining founding members of Is/Is relocated to Portland where they reunited with Appel DesLaruiers — and they went into the studio to record three songs which wound up becoming their limited edition release cassette tape Return to Zero, which was produced by Neil Weir at The Old Blackberry Way Studios and was followed by a West Coast tour to support the cassette.
Earlier this year, the members of Is/Is decided it was time to rebrand and rename the band Candace, which also comes with a change in sonic direction and songwriting approach for the trio — with the end result being the band’s full-length debut as Candace New Future slated for a March 22, 2016 release through Found Object Records. The album’s first single, album title track “New Future” is a slow-burning, brooding and introspective bit of shimmering shoegaze that dimly nods at A Storm In Heaven-era The Verve and early 90s alt rock; in fact, the recently released music video reminds me quite a bit of the videos I’d catch while watching 120 Minutes as the video follows the band driving through the forest and hanging out on the beach.
The band will be on a rather extensive West Coast tour throughout March and April. Check out tour dates below.
3.8.16 – Portland, OR @Tender Loving Empire In-Store
3.16.16 – Seattle, WA @house show – w/ Draemhouse
3.17.16 – Portland, OR @Star Theater (Record Release Show!) – w/ Draemhouse
3.19.16 – Mendocino, CA @Caspar Inn – w/ Draemhouse
3.20.16 – Petaluma, CA @The Big Easy – w/ Draemhouse
3.21.16 – Santa Rosa, CA @house show – w/ Draemhouse
3.22.16 – Oakland, CA @The Night Light – w/ Draemhouse
3.23.16 – San Fran, CA @Make Out Room – w/ Draemhouse
3.24.16 – Santa Cruz, CA @Crepe Place – w/ Draemhouse
3.25.16 – San Luis Obispo, CA @Helms Deep – w/ Draemhouse
3.26.16 – Los Angeles, CA @Hi Hat – w/ Draemhouse
3.27.16 – Long Beach, CA @Que Sera – w/ Draemhouse
3.28.16 – Los Angeles, CA @Harvard & Stone – w/ Draemhouse
3.30.16 – Davis, CA @Art Collective – w/ Draemhouse
3.31.16 – Sacramento, CA @house show – w/ Draemhouse
4.1.16 – Reno, NV @Holland Project – w/ Draemhouse
4.26.16 – Portland, OR @Doug Fir Lounge