7 Bands You Must Know
By: KEG firstname.lastname@example.org
When most music fans think
of Seattle, what immediately comes to mind? GRUNGE! While grunge was
known for putting Seattle on the map, the "City Of Rain" has rapidly
evolved ever since. Cutting-edge Seattle artists are now indie
forerunners, giving birth to fresh, unique genres every year. If you
you're not a Seattle resident, it can be hard keeping track of all of
the new sounds erupting from the Northwest. So here's a cheat sheet. A
guide to 7 Bands You MUST Know From Seattle. Don't leave home without
Crushing distortion, sideburns, and not being another crappy emo band
from Seattle are some of the influences cited by this hardcore trio.
Akimbo's tight-knit technical blend blurs the lines between punk and
hardcore.Known to regularly crush crowds with precision, their explosive
show caught the eye of Jello Biafra, who signed them to his Alternative
Tentacles label. Their latest full-length, "Forging Steel and Laying
Stone", is their most "cohesive representation of a live show. "
according to drummer Nat Damm. But listening is not enough. Check out
Akimbo live and see for yourself.
Betty X www.bettyx.com
Pounding bass lines and bone-crushing grooves make up the mountain of
sound crafted from northwest industrial icon Betty X. Each of Betty's
releases progressively grows darker, spiraling down into oblivion.
Betty's beats have a powerful addictive influence, and listeners soon
find themselves trailing the Electro-Metal Pied Piper into the tempting
darkness. Backed up by Hate, Dick Whiskey, and Scott Brovan, Betty
regularly kicks out her intense live show. With a new album already in
production, you can find new Betty material in "Unearthed", the latest
project from independent filmmaker Craig Kovach.
Go Like Hell www.golikehell.com
To date, Go Like Hell has been the only band where I've been bitten,
spit on, had an ass rubbed against me, and a beer bottle thrown at me-
all during the SAME show! What a killer time. Voluptuous Mouthpiece
Alexi Void is the 21st century Wendy O Williams, her swanky stage
presence and on-stage antics with guitarist Luvleggs makes for a
sense-shattering brand of punk that knocks you on your ass. The crew,
also comprising of Elvis Christ, Oil Can Henry, and Frank Lee Tragic
keeps you on your toes, and has already received praise from bands such
as The Misfits, Total Chaos, Zeke, and The Accused. Get off your ass and
go see for yourself.
Schoolyard Heroes www.schoolyardheroes.com
Schoolyard's musical style lies somewhere within the boundaries of the
Punk Bermuda Triangle. A ghoulish, horror-flick mix of the Misfits,
Maiden, and Queen constantly keeps you on the edge of your seat, just
like when you weren't sure if Jason was actually dead. Lead singer Ryann
Donnelly contributes her broad vocal prowess and past work in musical
theatre to bring a knock 'em dead performance, whether the UW quartet is
opening for Andrew WK, The Start, or just headlining their own 500
person show. Their latest effort, "Fantastic Wounds" is available now on
their website, or their upcoming tour.
The Georgetown Orbits www.georgetownorbits.com
In their short time of being together, The Georgetown Orbits have
already mastered a mix of hypnotic, reggae-influenced jams that breathe
new life into the northwest Ska scene. I DARE you to try to stand still
at one of their shows! Georgetown's heavy rhythm section provides a
powerful, punchy backdrop, setting up dynamic horn lines and numerous
improvised solos. Topping off the rocksteady mix are the distinct vocals
of frontman and former Pulvert Mike Rempe. Georgetown's rapidly evolving
experiment continues to work well in ANY live setting, whether they're
playing with other bands (like The Phennomenauts) , DJs, or solo
artists. Their new ingle, "My Baby's Okay", is available now on their
site. Pick it up.
The Jet City Fix www.thejetcityfix.com
The Jet City Fix quickly clicked when five musicians crossed paths,
looking for a new musical endeavor. Early jams soon turned into original
songs, and after only 2 months of being together, The Jet City Fix was
born. The Fix's powerful melodic brand of AC/DC-influenced rock is twice
as addictive as it is pure. The unbelievable stage presence of vocalist
Shane Flauding only further magnifies The Fix as future rock titans.
Whether they're opening for Local H, Buckcherry, or The Makers, The
Fix's show constantly gives the headliners a run for their money.
They've been known to blow a few bands off the stage. Pick up their new
EP now on their website.
The Treatment www.myspace.com/thetreatmentseattle
Blending powerful new wave melodies with infectious, driving hooks, The
Treatment's growing buzz and vast appeal continue to prove that we'll be
seeing a lot more of these guys in the near future. Drummer/Mastermind
Burke Thomas and guitarist Leif Andersen have worked together before in
Vendetta Red. Andersen recently received the award for "Best Guitarist"
from The Seattle Weekly Music Awards. Leif's brother Levi provides the
depth with unique, energetic bass lines. Sexy frontwoman Brandy's
harmonic vocals and sleek stage presence round out the quartet
perfectly. The Treatment's high-caliber musicianship stands out as they
pull-off potent power-wave pop live on a regular basis.
About the author:
Dubbed The Lone Ranger Of Rock", Kris Kegley, aka KEG, is the first rock
n' roll artist to sing and play all instruments ENTIRELY by himself
live. KEG starts off playing one piece of the song, captures it, and
adds more as he sees fit, rapidly ripping into the song in seconds!
KEG's audio and attitude adjoins stripped-down punk with gutsy glam,
positioning him as The 21st century revolutionary rock rebel. For free
KEG music, please visit www.kegrocks.com.