Tonight in Seattle: Us on Roofs, Mary Lambert, The Cat From Hue and more!Posted by James Reeves
Since their 2010 Sound Off! performance, Us on Roofs has been rapidly growing as a band, releasing two EPs and being featured on Burning Building Recordings’ We Love This Comp Vol. 1. This past year has seen the band working on refining their already catchy indie rock sound by adding shoegaze and math-y elements, in preparation for a full-length album release sometime in the coming months. Also performing tonight will be Learning Team, a five-piece, indie-folk group who make liberal use of the banjo and acoustic guitar to create catchy, upbeat rhythms. In addition, Candysound and The Cat From Hue will also be performing, and it will be the latter’s last show, so if you’ve never had the opportunity to catch the fantastic group from Camano Island, please do yourself a favor and see them tonight.
Most of the time, one will hear about a band spending several months or perhaps a year in the studio, writing, mixing and mastering their album so that it can be released. In the case of Mary Lambert, however, her first release, Letters Don’t Talk, spans her work over the past decade of songwriting. Themes on her album span mightily across the board from lost love to addressing the issue of self-image. Lambert began her musical career at the age of 13 by playing in a local coffeehouse in north Everett every Friday night. Within several months, the coffeehouse became a regular hangout spot for the local residents where they came to listen to Lambert’s soft, haunting melodies and profound lyricism.
Recently, Lambert teamed up with Seattle’s own hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to write and record their new single, “Same Love,” a revolutionary song concerning gay marriage. Lambert’s full band features some of Seattle’s finest musicians, with members hailing from The Seattle Rock Orchestra, Sad Face, NeyeN, and Abbey Mae & the Homeschool Boys.
Supporting Mary Lambert at The Crocodile will be indie-pop group Cellar Door and folk-rock quartet Really Old Airplanes, who released their second album a few months ago and have opened for acts such as Good Old War, Local Natives, and Jack’s Mannequin.