S&S Presents

Enumclaw

Nitefire
Wednesday,
April 5, 2023
7:00PM MDT
Kilby Court
741 South Kilby Court (330 West)
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

General Admission

All Ages

On sale through Apr 5 2023 7:00 PM MDT

Price: $15.00
Service Fee: $4.59

“I wanna wake up brand new” Enumclaw lead-singer/guitarist AramiJohnson singto begin Save the Baby, their massive-sounding debut full-length, out October 14th via Luminelle Recordings. The album ia swing for greatness; a collection of life-affirming and deeply personal songabout the importance of chasing after your dreams. Not since Nirvana irrevocablchanged the rock music
scene over two decadeago hathere been such unequivocal excitement for a band from the South Puget Sound. Enter Tacoma, WA’Enumclaw, whose early
single“Fast N All” and “Free Drop Billy” conjured a swirl of breathless praise from fanand choice publicationlike Pitchfork and The Fader before striking
single note in front of a live crowd. Even though they hail from the home of grunge, their influences stretch a bit further; the group is already well on their way to becoming “the best band since Oasis,” their earliest motto. Aramis says the band led bthe Gallagher brotheria clear inspiration, given their rise from a
working-class background, and not just because hiown brother iin the group awell. Says Aramis, “In the lineage of rock, Oasiithe last band to go from some random dive bar to a stadium. And if we’re not selling out stadiums, we’re not doing it how I wanted to do it.” The emotional stakeof being a massivelpopular rock band are incrediblclear for Enumclaw who came from a modest and sometimeharrowing upbringing in Seattlesister city, Tacoma. AramidescribeTacoma aan inescapable component of the band’s
identity. “I honestly thought I wagoing to move to New Yorlast April,” he says. “I wagonna take a breafrom doing musistuff, to live in a big citand try
becoming a photographer. But the band ended up keeping me here in Tacoma.” Hifather passed awafrom sickle cell anemia when he wajust 10-years-old, himother walked for mileto a job at Subway, and hifamilsubsisted on food provided bEBT cards. Hibest friend when he wayounger wadiagnosed with schizophrenia. “I feel like if I were the one who had gotten sick, he would have handled it better than I did,” he says, the aforementioned survivor’guilt heavy in hivoice.
Those personal experienceheavilcolor Save the Baby, titled for the dreams
he’preserved since he waa young child to make a maron the world. It’an album about the importance of following your dreams, in spite of romantic
relationshipgoing sour and the pressure that comes with being a young Black
man who grew up with a fair share of hardships, and about the importance of following your dreams. On the second verse of “ParLodge,” Aramisings
about the survivor’remorse of a friend’mental health deteriorating ahiown rock musistardom waon the ascent. “It’about the feeling of being stuck in Tacoma,” he says. “Just like a lot of people in the Black communitfeel like they
have to make it out through sportor rapping, I have to make it out with the band. I feel like thiiour and the band’onloption to do something in a real wawith our lives.”
Enumclaw is Aramis, guitarist Nathan Cornell, drummer Ladaniel Gipson, bassist (and Aramis’ younger brother) Eli Edwards. Working alongside producer Gabe Wax (Soccer Mommy, Crumb, Fleet Foxes), Enumclaw's Save the Baby delivers an album where on each track the band plays with dynamics while taking their songwriting to the stratosphere. The grinding guitar on lead single “2002” is no match for Aramis’ soaring chorus, while the music of “Jimmy Neutron” evokes the romantic, wind-swept feeling he sings about propelled by an instantly memorable riff. “Cowboy Bepop” feels like a ripcord letting loose and flapping behind a car on a joyride. The opening self-titled track is divided by a valley of murky haze, sending the uptempo rock of its first movement into the lighters-up moment of its closing section, all thunder and heft. Aramis exclaims his satisfaction with the take before the recording abruptly cuts off, the first in a series of earnest insights into the joy of getting to achieve the band’s ambitions. On “10th and J2,” a striking, pulsating rock song tinged with melancholy, Aramis sings of destiny, something he believes in greatly. “It really felt like it was my last shot to make it out of here, from a mental perspective, from a career perspective,” he says about writing and
recording Save the Baby. As he plays the chords of “Apartment” on acoustic guitar, he sings, “Hey! You’ve got one last chance! / Why not give it all that you can?” It’s essentially a letter to himself, a reminder to put his all into pursuing a childhood dream. For himself, for his loved ones, for all the people he’s known who never made it out of the cycle of trauma. Save the Baby is an album about stepping into your purpose, about the determination it takes to not give up on yourself in the midst of heartbreak and setbacks. It’s not a stretch to imagine a
younger version of the band getting a glimpse of the future and freaking out by knowing their destiny of making it as a rock star has landed on their doorstep.
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