April 24, 2012
Avair is a two piece band born from the same pit that birthed Black With Sap (ahem, Southeastern Idaho). If I had to describe their sound, I would say 1994! meets Ape Up! with some extra emotional edge. It’s some damn good stuff. The band handmade 100 cassettes of their first release, Fathers, which we will be selling in the BWS store very soon. 15 of these are a deluxe version, packaged in a custom shadow box with all sorts of cool shit. Sean and Alex really knocked these out of the park. Check out both versions of the tape here.
The band and I are in the process of booking a Northwest Summer Tour. If you can help out in any way with one of the dates below (or think we should change the route up a bit), please email Sean at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are the days we’re looking at:
June 15 – Idaho Falls, ID (@ The Wax House)
June 16 – Missoula, MT
June 17 – Spokane, WA
June 18 – Seattle, WA
June 19 – Olympia, WA
June 20 – Portland, OR
June 21 – Eugene, OR
June 22 – Boise, ID
June 23 – Salt Lake City, UT (Crucial Fest 2012)
p.s. I love you.
April 19, 2012
Bad Liar was the solo project for the Bay Area’s Jack Brown, guitarist of Until Your Heart Stops. It has since evolved into a full band, who just put out an EP that I fell in love with. Bad Liar expands upon the emo/punk sound that we all love so much with some excellent chord progressions, varied instrumentation, and exceptional tunefulness. The vocals sound like a cross between O Pioneers!!! and Bear Vs. Shark (so you know, basically the whole melodic & gruff thing). This release is coming out eventually on Condition Records. For now, you can pay whatever you want for it on Bad Liar’s bandcamp page.
April 12, 2012
Saintseneca is an acoustic band from Ohio. You may recognize them from the 2011 Topshelf Records sampler. This album is bursting at the seams with grassroots folk that is somehow both raw and lush. The vocals are heavily indebted to Neutral Milk Hotel, but far from a cheap rip-off. The only percussion on the album is provided by stomps and clamps, which complements the music perfectly. This paragraph won’t do this album justice, and writing this group off as just another folk band would be a great mistake. Try something different, check it out.