The Sound On The Sound is celebrating their fifth birthday and what better way can you think of then to throw a party with live music and libations? They’ll be hosting the shindig at Columbia City Theater this Friday with guests Pickwick, American Girls, and The Mallard.
Pickwick seems to be a name that is being uttered from everyone’s lips lately (including our own, KEXP’s, Sound On The Sound’s, and many others). All of the hype surrounding them is just, seeing how the have also landed gigs at Bumbershoot and Doe Bay Festival this year and numerous other shows in the Northwest as well. This neo-MoTown style that Pickwick has organically morphed into (and seemingly founded) has changed the entire live show experience completely; no more are the days where the audience member sits and watches but instead joins in with stomping,clapping and singing with the chorus. The guys will be releasing a brand new 45 at this show as well, so if you’ve been collecting their other 3 albums you will be quite pleased to know that this will be the first place they sell this one. Pickwick is a rare gem indeed, and what will be even more rare in the near future is the $10 price tag to see them.
The Mallard was a one-woman show until recently when Dylan Tidyman Jones joined Greer McGettrick as her drummer. While I can’t figure out the lyrics to any of her songs, McGettrick does have the epitome of a 60’s surf rock female voice that fits perfectly with her pixie haircut and cat-eye glasses. While surf rock/beach pop bands seem to be ubiquitous right now (think Best Coast and Beach House), The Mallard offers a nice garage lo-fi feel to each track that makes them seem a tad more rugged to their counterparts.
American Girls (formerly The Petty Party) is a Tom Petty cover band done right. The band is fronted by Widower’s own Kevin Large and the man really knows how to channel his inner Tom. While you can’t go online to their Bandcamp (it’s nonexistent) you can enjoy them at this show.