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Portland trio Patrimony is from the next generation of classic rockers

Patrimony (noun): property inherited from one's father or male ancestor.

Figuratively bequeathed a medley of talent from bands like The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Johnny Winter and The Beatles, Patrimony members—and youngsters—Trevor Martell, Wyatt Phillipi and Jason Allenby form a balanced blend of rock artistry. Songs like "Advocate of the Blues" are hot and primal, pairing a glossy veneer with devilishly satisfying grime.

On "Advocate," guttural guitar chugs ahead out of the gate just in front of Martell's howling voice. The rest is a barreling freight train of rock and roll.

Even their very do-it-yourself video for that song showcases Patrimony as a vintage-y rock band in the style of Three Dog Night complete with open-chested embroidered shirts and long flowing locks of hair. (Think Stillwater from the movie Almost Famous.)

Born in 1993, lead singer Martell isn't even old enough to drink yet; even so, he posts videos from groups like Nirvana and The Marshall Tucker Band on his social media profiles, bands that were done by the time he was born. Paradoxically, the musical sensibility that has ruled his generation—indie rock—doesn't even seem to be in his band's vocabulary. Instead, Patrimony takes its style from the well-worn path of hair-metal and blues bands that came before—joining both with substance and attitude, and, most importantly, without being contrived.

Patrimony

9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29

Volcanic Theatre Pub

70 SW Century Dr.

FREE

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Ethan Maffey

Both a writer and a fan of vinyl records since age 5, it wasn't until nearly three decades later that Oregon Native Ethan Maffey derived a plan to marry the two passions by writing about music. From blogging on MySpace in 2007 and then Blogspot, to launching his own website, 83Music, and eventually freelancing...
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