Rebecca Gates emerged onto the indie rock scene in her group The Spinanes back in 1993 with their break out debut album Manos on Sub Pop Records. Comprised merely as a duo with Gates as the singer and guitarist, her songwriting and musicianship was starkly on display as some of the most celebrated songs of early era 90s underground. The Spinanes saw a number of lineup changes and guest appearances on stage and in the studio including John McEntire of Tortoise and Sam Prekop of the Sea and Cake. After two more Spinanes albums on Sub Pop, Gates collaborated with a slew of likeminded artists including Elliott Smith, Ben Lee, Califone, the Decemberists, and even Willie Nelson.
Gates released her first solo album in 2001, and then turned her attention to curating a series of audio art installations, founded an audio art magazine called The Relay Project, and displayed her visual art across the United States and Europe as well. Gates has finally returned with a new album, 2012’s The Float released by her own Parcematone on CD, and Gerard Cosloy of Matador and Homestead’s label 12XU on vinyl. Released as “Rebecca Gates & the Consortium,” the new album and live performances feature members of The Decemberists, Califone, Wild Flag, the Jicks, Califone, Tortoise, and many more.
Rebecca Gates joined us at Epitonic saki for an intimate solo performance where she showcased much of her newer work, and even treated us to "Sunday" from Manos. With her friends, fans, and bandmates quietly in the audience, Gates treated us all to a laid back display of her sultry vocals and intricate abilities on the electric guitar. As she wrapped up her set and packed up her gear to head to the venue for her show later that night, there was an unmistakable gratitude from all involved to see and hear such an ongoing and positive force in the artistic community. Let’s hope it does not take her ten years to make another album, but in the meantime enjoy these great free tracks from our session.