Tonight in Seattle: The Young Evils, Campfire OK, The Grizzled Mighty and more!Posted by Jessica Kaminski
The Young Evils’ new EP Foreign Spells is a twist in the band’s musical plot. The latest release by the Seattle quintet has taken their signature girl on boy vocal harmonies down a dark alley. The result is a stunning soundscape of tight rhythms and charismatic melodies that blend into what the band describes as having “a sinister pop framework”. Foreign Spells’ official release date is July 10 and the official release show will be at Barboza on July 13. Barboza (the newest venue inside of Neumos) is the perfect place to catch this band on the rise.
The Grizzled Mighty claimed that they were formed “in the fiery belly of an active volcano.” After hearing their explosive blues-rock, it sounds like there might be some truth to the creation story. A powerful two piece, The Grizzled Mighty will be dropping a sonic bomb on Friday’s show at Barboza. SSG Music‘s Andrew Ryan Cassin described The Grizzled Mighty’s sound as ” the kind of moody (read: dark, heavy) blues you might want to trash a house to – or maybe burn it down.” Check out the video that inspired these comments and don’t miss this band live.
Preview by Nikki Benson:
Campfire OK, which once started out as the project of singer songwriter Mychal Cohen, are comprised of wildly talented individuals including Melodie Knight, Andrew Hanigan Eckes, Aaron Huffman, and Brandon Milner. The band has defined their signature recorded sound with precise harmonies along with the warm acoustics of piano, guitar, banjo, bass and an array of percussion. Live, they pack as much action as they can on the stage, and their fans eat it up.
Campfire OK are playing a show this coming Friday at the Crocodile. They haven’t played a Seattle show since December, but it’s been for good reason; they’ve been touring and hard at work on a new album entitle When You Have Arrived, the followup to their February 2011 debut, Strange Like We Are.
SSG Music has been advocating for this band since Cohen sent Campfire OK’s first recordings to us in February of 2010. Their close attention to the nuance of what makes a song dynamic and the talent this band has fostered have garnered this group of musicians a loyal fanbase in the Pacific Northwest. Campfire OK is poised to expand their national footprint with the release of the new record they have up their collective sleeve.
Preview by Chris Green:
Bearded, tattooed and clad in his patch-covered leather vest and bandanna, Bob Wayne plays the role of the hell-raising outlaw country singer to the hilt. However, if that’s all there was to Bob Wayne and the Outlaw Carnies, he’d be a lot less popular (and we wouldn’t be recommending his show). The truth of the matter is Bob Wayne is a tremendously entertaining performer with a great band and lots of good songs.
While Bob Wayne currently makes his home in Nashville (judging from his touring schedule, a more accurate statement might be that he lives on the road) he’s actually a Washington native who got his musical start playing metal in Seattle. An interest in Johnny Cash and other classic outlaw country performers inspired him both to try writing some country songs, and landed him a job as guitar tech for Hank Williams III. He continued to create songs, and his playing of them during soundchecks drew the attention of Hank III and other musicians on tour, and his song “Workin’ Man” ended up being recorded by Hank III. This led to tours with with an ever-changing backup band including playing with performers such as David Allan Coe, the .357 String Band, and Hank III. He recored several albums (which at first were sold at shows out of Bob’s car). In 2011, he was signed to metal label Century Media to produce his first widely distributed album, Outlaw Carnie. The 13 songs on the album run the gamut from high energy crowd-pleasing foot-stompers to more serious numbers.
In this video, recorded at El Corazon, Bob Wayne tells a tall tale about being saved from a bad situation by a very famous ghost:
His new album, Till the Wheels Fall Off has just been released, and the Outlaw Carnies will be visiting Seattle as part of a small west coast tour in anticipation of their performance at the awesome Farmageddon Festival in West Yellowstone.
As a live act, they make the most of Bob’s storytelling ability and good humor combined with his band’s high energy playing on fiddle, banjo, guitar, upright bass and drums. The often fast tempos mean that a Bob Wayne show is as likely to have people moshing as it is country two-stepping.
Also playing tonight, and not to be missed, are Tacoma’s Big Wheel Stunt Show, whose loud high-energy music draws on a wide range of classic and blues rock influences. You can stream their most recent album, Cheetah Milque, here.