BELLOWS FALLS >> Over a decade ago, singer-songwriter Philip Price scrawled the name "Winterpills" on the wall of The Bay State Hotel, a now-dead but fabled Northampton, Mass. watering hole and music venue. Initially, it was going to be the name for a dreamt-of electronica project, but, somewhere along the line, it blossomed into a critically acclaimed indie band with a deep catalog of elegant, dark chamber pop.
Now, the quintet gives us its seventh album, a provocative entry in its catalog, Love Songs, which came out March 18th on Signature Sounds. Recorded and co-produced by Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr., The Pixies, Lou Barlow, Speedy Ortiz), the album showcases an invigorated and raw Winterpills. This new release marks ten years as a band. To commemorate this career milestone, Winterpills will also reissue its self-titled debut on vinyl. Together, these releases bookend a freewheeling folk-rock continuum. The Northampton, Massachusetts quintet are consummate masters of the slow burn; they've nurtured a singular aesthetic with lush and sometimes gritty instrumentation, emotive and literate lyrics, sublime vocal harmonies, and cinematically structured songs that stealthily pull you in and then destroy you.
Arc Iris, who open the show, has garnered much attention and acclaim since the release of their 2014 self-titled debut album on ANTI Records brought them to the Windham Ballroom for that first extraordinary show. They have toured with St. Vincent, Jeff Tweedy, the Gipsy Kings, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, among others, and offered a command performance with Tanya Donelly last summer. A power trio based in Providence, RI, Arc Iris is a mix of everything you love and hate, culminating in something breathtaking and indescribable. Jocie Adams, Zach Tenorio Miller and Ray Belli will take you on a magic carpet ride through deserts, lush flower gardens, and rainforest before sending you right back to your living room with ethereal and deliciously dynamic rock music. Arc Iris is their own genre.
Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $24 at the door is supplies last and can be purchased online at popolomeanspeople.com or in Popolo at 36 The Square in Bellows Falls.