I’ve seen all the bands in this Friday’s lineup at Holy Mountain and am confidently calling it ahead of time one of the best shows of the year. Not so far this year – all year. The Ironclads will be joined by The Whore-Hands (The Whore Moans+The Hands=magnificence), The Quiet Ones, and What What Now. Be there!
The Endeavors played a great set last Thursday at High Dive. Impossible-to-ignore frontwoman Stasia Blue takes (to my ear) vocal risks that work only because she’s fully talented enough to pull them off. I love that she knows her limits and pushes right up against them. Onstage, she’s sexy and confident and her sense of humor shines through. Her band is equally talented, including standout bass player Alberto Vega.
Yes, Stasia is singing to a stuffed squirrel (named Charlie, I believe) – you can meet him at their CD release show – see you there? More photos are here and in our flickr pool.
Oh! Check out the wonderful video for “Forest”, which premiered at the High Dive show.
Cute Lepers‘ guitarist Travis Criscola passed away this weekend at the age of 24.
Travis Criscola @ Neumos in January 2009 – photo by Amelia
Steve E. Nix of Cute Lepers wrote the following on their myspace blog:
Travis Criscola, rest in peace
Early the morning of March 28, in Cincinnati our friend and band-mate Travis Criscola passed away in his sleep. He was 24. Travis was guitarist in the Cute Lepers for the last six months and was the perfect addition to the band as it’s developed. He was our friend. His company was always a pleasure. I don’t think I ever heard him say a negative word about any one. He was smart, polite and considerate, always interested in learning more about music and playing guitar… he really loved music. He was passionate about music in a way that only other like minded musicians recognize and relate with. When Travis joined the band he would not think twice about jumping on the bus from Olympia and making the two hour ride to Seattle for a spur of the moment rehearsal, and then riding the bus two more hours to get back home. In fact Travis was doing this three times a week up until we left for europe to start our tour. His character and his commitment made him the very best we could hope for in a band-mate and a friend. We’re gonna really miss him. We feel that it’s appropriate and absolutely not in bad taste to disclose the cause of death of our friend. Travis combined alcohol and pills, then went to sleep and never woke up. It was an accident. Travis was not any kind of a habitual drug user. I’m a man who has left drugs and alcohol alone for over a decade and I just wont work with people who are mixed up with narcotics. It is rare to find a rock n’ roll musician in his early twenties who doesn’t get caught up in hitting the bars and going to parties on tour, and Trav was just one of those ones who made a really bad decision. He naively took some type of pills on top of the beer he was drinking and that’s it. I believe that it would be a disservice for us to leave out this information. People would wind up hearing distorted versions of the truth anyways. Also our hope is that other young musicians, or anyone it may apply to who reads this will learn from our tragedy and perhaps wise up a bit. We’re currently traveling across the country back home to Seattle with heavy hearts. Trav’s family and his beautiful longtime girlfriend are in our prayers. –Steve
The Royal Bear is playing the High Dive this Thursday, April 2nd. I saw them last on Valentine’s Day and I really think they’re worth your time and energy and to check out. I make no secret of how much I love certain types of music out of the 80s but they’re even more than that . . . they’re just super. High Dive gets bonus points too for serving really good margaritas.
Robbie Hart of the Royal Bear @ the Comet – photo by Dagmar
Seattle photographer Julie Harmsen got some really wicked shots of USE last night at the Crocodile that I had to post immediately. We’ll see more of her work on here very soon! The show looks like a wild and techno prom.