Sun, June 24, 2012
Doors: 8:30 PM / Show: 9:00 PM
This show is 21+, proper I.D. is required for admission
Steradian fall somewhere between the Vehicle Birth and Polvo's more sinister moments. Frontman Josiah Feinberg reminds me of a !/Is Terrified-era Travis Morrison. I also heard traces of Unwound's rumbling rhythm section and Slint's chord shapes. Steradian have this neat trick where they play a pretty arpeggio, and quickly throw more and more ugly notes in the mix until your good time is ruined. These dudes just might be one of my Seattle bands to watch. Put 'em on your radar.
System and Station is a band from Portland, OR who has moved across the country twice, been on over 23 national tours and have released 9 albums with the 10th live album and DVD on it's way- " Live at the Knife Shop"- street date October 13th, 2011.
‘A Series of Screws’ is System and Station’s 9th recording and fifth LP. The title speaks volumes about a band that has been crafting and perfecting their epic brand of rock over the past decade. Led by RFK Heise, whose song-writing acumen is both colossal and melodic, System and Station write songs that are accessible, complex and endearing. With Larry Crane (Tape Op, Jackpot!) at the wheel once again as longtime producer/engineer, ‘A Series of Screws’ can be viewed as both an evolution and a pinnacle in the story of System and Station. With a dedication to honing the songs focusing on what the band does best, ‘A Series of Screws’ delivers plenty of hooks in a tighter package, building on a trajectory that began with 2008’s ‘A Nation of Actors’ and continued with last fall’s ‘I’m Here To Kill’ EP. At the root of it System and Station are a hard-working/touring indie-rock band with plenty of arena-sized moments. Both sides of that equation are fully realized on this album which begins with a nod to Zeppelin in “Pain Pills”, ends with a resonant Pacific Northwest-type groove in the title track, and in between offers the sort of loud/quiet/loud dynamics and guitar heroics (”In The Valley”, “Pardon Me”) that have earned them comparisons to bands like Shiner, Sunny Day Real Estate and Built To Spill.
System and Station have been writing and recording their smart, angular Indie-pop/Rock for just over a decade now, and while many bands, music cycles or trends have come and gone in that time, System and Station forge ahead sounding as fresh today as they did with their earnest first recordings from Smart Studios in Madison, WI back in 1998 and 2000.
Spencer Smith picked up the guitar at the age of 10. His parents moving around alot as a kid, guitar become a stable centering aspect in his life that he has yet to outgrow. Moving from Arlington, Tx to the Pacific Northwest, becoming friends with Evan Mcbride over a love of hip hop, they developed a relationship over making hip hop with live instruments and then freestyling over them. After moving to Portland and returning, Spencer started the Orchestrion with Bassist Gavin Tull-Esterbrook who played upright bass and Lynnette Barnier, who played cello. Evan came in shortly after and started playing drums. After practicing for a year, Kris worked at a coffee shop nearby and offered to record the Orchestrion in its incarnation. Not too long after, Gavin left to take care of his new boy and focus more on family. Lynnette too left soon after, ditching the band to go to clown school in Vermont. Kris stepped up and started playing bass for a recording project we had with the Art institute. He has since become a mainstay of the band. Playing throughout seattle and in portland, the Orchestrion is excited to plan and present to you upcoming shows and tours and added instrumentation as the time comes.Stay tuned for further incarnations.....