As a kid, did you ever imagine composing an opus on a Casio keyboard? The members of Portland, Ore.-based Point Juncture, WA must have, to create their 2005 release Mama Auto Boss, a collection of rolling crescendoes and jumpy choruses that are breathy and bold, eerie and beautiful.
Point Juncture, WA was initially a project of vocalist Amanda (they give only their first names on the CD liner notes) who strapped a reed organ to a kick drum. Adding members and instruments—including a vibraphone, a trumpet and a baritone guitar—the band's sound became what band member Wilson describes as "kind of Yo La Tengo-y. It's rock music that's melodic but dissonant."
Wilson said the band is about to finish up a new album in the DIY fashion typical to many rock bands these days. "We do our own recording, so it takes quite a while," he said. He also mentioned some of the band's influences—including Blonde Redhead—but said the band's real influence is the TV show Twin Peaks. "We watched Twin Peaks while making Mama Auto Boss and we just finished watching it all again. That's what Point Juncture, WA is ... it's like a small town where there's this stuff on the surface, but also something right under the surface. We don't play just straightforward rock. It's a little bit sinister." Point Juncture, WA is not a place; it's a state of mind and one well worth visiting.
June 22, 8 p.m., $5, with Kris Doty and Mayerforceone Academy of Arts and Sciences, VAC, 1419 W. Grove St. June 23, 8 p.m., FREE, with the Invasion, Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 2nd St. S., Nampa.