Seattle’s Sons of Warren Oates are a trio creating folksy-twang made up of Jason Dodson, Kevin Barrans (both of The Maldives) and Seth Warren. Together the band explores creative possibilities outside of their other separate musical endeavors, while equally enjoying collaborations with other local musicians and friends. Therefore, it wouldn’t be foolish to expect to see a few other familiar local faces on stage with them at Chop Suey’s Sunday night performance. For certain, you’re at least guaranteed music from Alice in the River, which is a collaboration effort between Alice Sandahl and Joel Harmon (who’ve both appeared in many other local bands including Grand Hallway and Sleepy Eyes of Death) and also Lotte Kestner, who will open the set for the night. For $6, you won’t find a more rewarding way to spend your money this Sunday.
Preview by: Gabriel Arguelles
Dirty Reggae meets the filthy city.
The Aggrolites put on a great live show. They come to Seattle often, so if you’re a ska fan at all, you might already know that. Their shows are as lively as they get—the band takes the stage clad in black and engages the audience often, smiling the entire time. They’re not a band that puts on a short set, either—if you have a favorite Aggrolites track, you’ll likely hear it every time you see them. The band has, through quality and love of reggae, escaped the trap of third-wave ska, picking up a crossover soul audience that goes to their shows just because they know the dancing’s good.
The Georgetown Orbits are also known around Seattle for their lively show, even if is a completely different thing. They embrace the third-wave ska, the pick-it-ups and the rest of it, and they do it perfectly. Any Seattleite who likes fun and hasn’t seen The Georgetown Orbits live is missing out on something great.
Preview by: Julie Cochran
Formed in 2002, the Bad Things have preached their religion of Junkyard Cabaret for ten years now, to the utter delight of gypsy pirate enthusiasts everywhere. Founding members Jimmy the Pickpocket (accordion/vocals) and Mad Wilcox (upright bass/musical saw), formed what would eventually evolve into the Bad Things after the demise of cult Cabaret outfit, a Midnite Choir in the early aughts. In the years since, the now sextet, has released six albums, the most recent being 2010’s Woe Be Gone (Silent City Records). The Bad Things’ blend the theatricality of Vaudeville with the tempos of Cabaret and the lyrical flexibility of Sea Shanties, creating a bouncy sound which—disregarding the English lyrics and references to Americana—evokes the feel of a 1930s French Flea Market. Their live shows are known to feature a kind of manic energy, inducing a level of fan engagement so thorough, the venue floor shakes noticeably. In the past, the group have collaborated with the late Kearney Barton, esteemed Producer of other local favorites, the Sonics, the Ventures and the Kingsmen.
Since graduating as a Piano Performance major at Azusa University, solo artist Eliza Rickman has released an EP (2009’s The Gilded Lilly) and more recently, her first full-length album, entitled Oh, You Sinners (March 6th). The former strikes a decidedly minimalist tone, featuring very little but Rickman’s quivering vocal performance and the tinny echoes of her toy piano keys. The instrumental parts on “Cinnamon Bone” and “Black Rose” off of Lilly, have the uniquely eerie effect of sounding very juvenile—like music you might hear coming from a music box or something at a carnival. While working on Sinners, Rickman worked with Chicago-based Engineer Mark Greenberg (Andrew Bird, Wilco, Mavis Staples) and bassist Tom V. Ray (Neko Case, Jakob Dylan), to add some layers of instrumentation and flesh out her sound. Sinners features updates of a few songs that came out on Lilly, but, thankfully, their original character is well-preserved. Check out the music video for “Cinnamon Bone:”
An opening set from the classically inspired Toy Box Trio, should work nicely to set a mood for Rickman’s set. Created by Cornish Composer (and Concertina player in the group) Harlan Glotzer, Toy Box Trio are doing their part to keep the sounds of 20th Century Music Boxes alive by performing what they call “new carnival music with a classical flair.” Their noble crusade has earned them praise from prominent Seattle news outlets and appearances at classy venues. The group’s music features no lyrical content, just the instrumentation provided by Glotzer’s concertina, Dana Wen’s toy piano, and Shaunessey Fisher Scott’s double bass. The result is a cross between what you might hear as a spectator at one of Barnum & Bailey’s Circuses early 1900s circuses and traditional village music from Southeastern Europe. The group has no other scheduled appearances in the near future, so if you like what you hear, make sure you get to the show on time! Here is a clip of the band performing on the Seattle Channel’s Nancy Guppy show:
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