DINERS with Growing Pains and Foamboy

Wed October 11, 2023
( Doors: 7:00 pm ) SHOW: 8:00 pm PDT
Star Theater
13 NW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR
Ages 21 and Up

Blue Broderick, the singer/songwriter behind Diners, was chatting with her pal and fellow songwriter Mo Troper, who would soon produce her next record. Both power pop enthusiasts and Beatles worshippers, Broderick knew Troper would bring a keen sensibility to the sessions, which would take place in a high-end Portland studio, the Trash Treasury. But Troper was insistent on a particular direction: he wanted to channel Diners’ vintage 70s pop sound into a ripping rock n roll record. What would that mean exactly?

More distortion, indeed, and the precise multi-guitar arrangements of power pop bands like the dBs and The Shivvers. Described as the loudest drummer Broderick has ever worked with, Troper found upping the tempo and laying in hard on the cymbals to be a reliable solution for any hamstrung material. Finally, with the addition of accomplished metal and punk engineer Jack Shirley’s mixing, the energetic DOMINO makes good on the duo’s ambition.

“This is the rock record that I always wanted to make,” Broderick says. “I know that any time I turn it on, it’s what I set out to do.”

Growing Pains makes music that falls somewhere between emo and indie rock, a distinction they feel is a kind of happy accident. Sometimes, the band makes poppy, jangly rock, while other songs are powered by hard guitar riffs. But almost always, their songs have big, luminous choruses that give you a feeling of infiniteness: like driving fast through a tunnel or looking at a star and spinning around and around until you fall down. - Sophia June, Willamette Week
Foamboy is a Portland-based pop duo comprised of producer Wil Bakula and vocalist Katy Ohsiek. Wil and Katy worked together for many years in other projects before creating their debut pop album, My Sober Daydream, in 2020 and releasing it in 2021. My Sober Daydream has launched this duo into a new stage of their careers, earning recognition from indie greats including KCRW, Consequence of Sound, and Week in Pop. Foamboy has graced some of Portland’s favorite stages.
Growing Pains