Sep. 4, 2008 at 1:38pm
Study these cheat sheets and impress your hipsters friends with your vast local music knowledge!
WEEKLY VOLCANO ROCK STAGE: Sept. 6th 11 am to 8 pm. 51st & Pearl St. Ruston.
Jon Auer - Besides being a critically acclaimed solo artist, Jon Auer is the singer/songwriter/co-founder of Seattle pop veterans The Posies and a current member of musical legends Big Star. On his recent solo release Songs from the Year of Our Demise, Auer displayed his undeniable knack for combining the highly melodic with the emotionally and psychologically complex, and in the process created the best reviewed work of his career. NPR picked Songs as one of the best releases of 2006 and in the past two years Auer has toured everywhere from Australia to Zurich with many points in between. Auer also spent time in Nashville in 2003 working on the Ben Folds produced Has Been album by William Shatner of Star Trek fame and has even had one of his songs covered by an ex-Beatle. For more info: http://www.pattern25.com/bands/auer.shtml.
The Elephants will still mix psychedelic tendencies with Beach Boy sensibilities and intellectual possibilities — offering to the masses shaggy, ego-less indie rock that Tacoma can claim proudly. The poppy 80s inspired beats scale the intellectual wall and soar over the top into fluffy clouds. Let’s face it, fluffy clouds are a nice place to be. Not to say the songs are frivolous. People can definitely relate to the one that says “here comes love, beware, defend yourself,” - so wise. Also, “The Humans kill themselves and now their gone,” could be interpreted as a warning about global warming and that’s very socially conscious, plus its fun to dance to. Rumor has it they have new songs! “One of the best bands Tacoma has produced in some time,” said Matt Driscoll Weekly Volcano, “While T-town has effectively debunked the notion that all we’re good for is metal and methamphetamine, and well conceived indie bands can’t come from here; the Elephants were one of the pioneering bands of that fight. I remember the pride I felt the first time I heard the Elephants on KEXP. I remember the first time I heard “Oh Tina.” I remember the first time I saw all the hipsters come out in droves for an Elephants show.” Ernest Jasmin of The Tacoma News tribune said, “The Elephants have become one of the most popular indie-pop outfits in Tacoma. You can hear songs from the band’s self-titled, self-released CD on “The Young & the Restless,” the local music show on KNDD-FM (107.7, The End), and KEXP-FM (www.kexp.org). The Elephants create a breezy, quirky brand of synth-pop that, early on, didn’t exactly help them fit into a Tacoma scene that has long been dominated by brooding metal and raucous punk.” For more information, visit http://www.myspace.com/theelephants3
The Drug Purse contains vials marked Joshua Vega on guitar, Jordan Wegner on bass, Tyson Griffin on keyboards, Kyle Brunette on drums and of course Jason Freet on guitar and vocals. Dosage is “use as needed.” Freet says he would prefer that people focus on the music rather than the name of the band and hopes that people won’t judge a book by its cover. The Drug Purse sound is often compared to the Doors. “The Doors is one influence that all of us had in common,” said Freet. The Drug Purse music definitely features Freet’s distinctive baritone voice and long languid drones, tambourine and psychedelic guitars. It’s slow, thoughtful and entrancing. Freet calls it music to eat cereal by. “We’re all pretty mellow guys and we make groovy tunes that we enjoy listening to,” he said. For more information, visit http://www.myspace.com/thedrugpurse.
The Hard Way is organic rock from Olympia, WA. Their vintage sound includes catchy songs, lots of vocal accoutrements and hooky melodies. Harkening back to American rock/pop of the late seventies, their record "Only if and Even Then" is a journey through raw organic rock and hooky melodies that have been compared to driving your uncle's big brown '73 mercury cougar back in time. The band consists of Scott Taylor doing vocals, guitar, and keys, Tim Dietrich on guitar and vocals, Elizabeth Yeager playing bass and doing vocals and Dave Hyatt on drums and vocals. The Hard Way plays catchy pop hooks with heavy guitars and hard hitting drums, the way rock n' roll was meant to be played. The world still needs rock n' roll, tell your friends. For more information, visit http://sonicbids.com/thehardway
Sons of Ivan is a psychedelic rock band hailing from the Tacoma/Seattle area of the great Pacific Northwest featuring former members of Mono in VCF and the Degrees. The sound is dark, heavy and atmospheric, balanced with a touch of intimacy and beauty. Reylan and Lino Fernandez layer spacey guitars over Mike Krushka’s brooding wistful vocals. Dylan Dearinger and Jesse Bynum’s powerful, melodic rhythm section helps to bring heart and soul to the music. The songs display a futuristic sound that is still intelligently timeless. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/sonsofivan.
GE5 is a power pop quartet from Tacoma who has recently released their debut
CD Superficial World. With a guitar driven rock sound filled with jangly 12
string guitars, four part harmonies, and infectious hooks, the band’s recent
release has met with favorable reviews, and their live show brings even more
energy to the music. The band has
been chosen to open at the International Pop Overthrow festival in Vancouver, BC
in August 2008, and has more local NW shows scheduled.
“GE5 plays their power pop the old fashioned way, with plenty of big guitars and fist-pumping arena rock choruses. I’m thinking Cheap Trick-meets-The Smithereens, an all out American band without apologies or regrets.” - Mish Mash Music
“This disc certainly grabbed my attention and peaked my curiosity in regards to catching them live someday. I'd love to see what they can do in a packed, medium sized venue where the girls can dance, the guys can try to avoid dancing, and everybody is having a good time. GE5 don't sound political, angry, entitled, or whiney. They just rock it out and sound like they're having a good time. That's a rarity these days. “ - Sean Stutzman, Pacific Northwest Music Scene. For more information, visit www.ge5band.com.
Starstruck is an all pre-teen girls band from Tacoma. They perform
pop/rock music like Billy Idol and other 80s favorites and they are cute as a
bugs ear. Here is their band bio:
HEY EVERYONE WE ARE STARSTRUCK LINDA, LIZZY, BRITTANY ANNA, AND OUR NEWEST MEMBER MADDY. MADDY JUST RECENTLY JOINED US AS OUR DRUMMER, BUT THE THREE OF US HAVE BEEN FRIENDS SINCE THIRD GRADE AT STANLEY..WE ARE JUST FINISHING 6TH GRADE AND MADDY IS GOING INTO 6TH. WE BECAME A BAND IN 4TH, BUT REALLY DIDN'T START BEING SERIOUS UNTIL JANUARY OF 2007. WE PLAYED OUR FIRST SHOW AUGUST 18, 2007 AT LOUIEFEST ON THE MAIN STAGE...AND HAVE BEEN ROCKIN EVER SINCE..OUR LATEST GIG WAS AT PIKE PLACE MARKET FOR THE 2008 MARKET FESTIVAL. IT WAS AWESOME. WE ALL HAVE DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES BUT TOTALLY LOVE OUR MUSIC AND EACH OTHER.
- BRIT IS OUR ELECTRIC GUITAR PLAYER AND ROCKS THE SHOW..SHE LOVES TO INTERACT WITH THE AUDIENCE AND DRESSES LIKE A ROCKER CHICK. SHE IS DOWN TO EARTH, NEVER COMPLAINS, AND DOES IT TILL SHE GETS IT RIGHT. RUNS TRACK,WRESTLES, PLAYS SOCCER AND IS SUPER FUNNY
- LINDA PLAYS BASS, LOVES FASHION, JEWELRY AND DREAMS OF BEING FAMOUS. SHE IS A MATH WHIZ (JUST LIKE IN OUR SONG MY IDENTITY). SHE LOVES TEXTING HER PALS ON HER PHONE. DOESN'T LIKE ANY ACTIVITIES THAT INVOLVE BUGS, DIRT, MUD OR GETTING DIRTY.
- LIZZY...KEYBOARD AND LEAD VOCALS..LOVES THE STAGE AND WATCHING MUSICALS. LOVES TAKING AND MAKING QUIZZES FOR HER PALS. LOVES WRITING SONGS. SINCE THE AGE OF 3 TOLD HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS SHE WOULD BE IN HOLLYWOOD. FAVORITE FOOD-BBQ.
- MADDY..DRUMS...HAS AN AWESOME SENSE OF STYLE. PLAYS TENNIS AND SWIMS...RIDES A MOTORCYCLE AND TRAVELS THE WORLD...
CHECK OUT OUR INTERVIEW AND PERFORMANCE VIDEOS ON OUR MYSPACE (http://www.myspace.com/starstruckgirlband).
For more information, visit http://www.myspace.com/starstruckgirlband.
Jonny Smokes says that what began as simple solo acoustic performances many years ago, has slowly transformed into an arsenal of instruments and effects, blended together live with a loop sampler to create a wall of sound that most full bands can't compete with. With constant additions of technology and an "anything goes" attitude towards music styles, he create a sonic experience that anyone can enjoy and relate to. If you live in Tacoma, you might have noticed that Jonny Smokes has become a household name. And he’s earned it too because he is one of Tacoma’s hardest working musicians. Currently he performs in three different acts: as solo artist, as lead guitarist in the Alice in Chains tribute band “Jar of Flies” and with an original rock band called "Intelligent Design." For more information, visit http://www.myspace.com/jonnysmokes.
2112 Rush Tribute specializes in the faithful recreation of the music of RUSH. 2112 has been playing many clubs and casinos, as well as festivals like the Taste of Tacoma and the Bite of Seattle.