The Whigs and The Hounds Below were the opening bands for Black Rebel Motorcycle at their recent Seattle appearance. If you are a fan of the blues I can assure you will love these bands. After a bunch of headlining shows, the Whigs will open for the Hold Steady and Kings of Leon on a string of dates in July and September. The Hounds Below are a newly formed band and it’s always cool to see a familiar musician (in this case the Von Bondies’ Jason Stollsteimer) try something different.
The Hounds Below – all photos by Dagmar
Gallery of the Whigs @ the Showbox
Gallery of the Hounds Below @ the Showbox
The Ponys fired on all cylinders for very appreciative fans at The Tractor. Jered, Melissa, Brian, and Nathan wowed the crowd with their punk-inspired rock that had the fans smiling and cheering every time a different song began.
Normally a band has one or two standouts who you remember after the show is over. Not so with The Ponys. Each member has their own distinctive style and they were really fun to watch. Diminutive Melissa on bass was more than a match for front man Jered Gummere. If you ever get a chance to see The Ponys…do it. They were billed as an Indie Garage band but that’s much too limiting for this charismatic band.
I’ve seen several shows at The Tractor in Ballard and it’s a wonderful place to see a show. As a fan it’s great because the owner allows anyone to bring in a camera to make their own memories. As a photographer it’s difficult because the lighting is quite low which really adds to the mood. If you bring your own camera, be prepared for very low light. These photos were taken from ISO 6400 to ISO 12,800.
Portugal. The Man and AutoVaughn were at the Showbox recently as part of Rhapsody Rocks. When I say recently it was several weeks ago and I wish I had gotten these galleries up sooner! I covered the event way earlier but every so often I am ashamed to admit I get a little behind here. I had a blast at this show and can’t wait to see Portugal. The Man when they return to Seattle at Neumos on June 25th. I also want to see AutoVaughn again – they hit Seattle on June 17th.
Portugal. The Man
AutoVaughn – all photos by Dagmar
Gallery of Portugal. The Man @ the Showbox
Gallery of AutoVaughn @ the Showbox
I think Saint Motel‘s song “Butch” should be a big, big, big hit. When singer A/J Jackson starts in with oh no there she goes, dressed up in daddy’s clothes I am sucked in. I was listening to them before I saw them on Thursday and wish I had listened to them even more ahead of time. Their songs are definitely catchy and I want to get to know it all much better. Their music reminds me, in some ways, of one of my favorite Brit bands, Mansun, and like the other two bands on the evening’s bill (Band of Skulls and 22-20s) I expect to hear more from them.
Saint Motel – review & all photos by Dagmar
Gallery of Saint Motel @ the Crocodile
22-20s released only one CD, 2005’s self-titled LP and then the British band split up a couple of years ago. This was a huge disappoint for me as I was hooked on their CD immediately. Have been hooked ever since. Their CD was one of my favorites of the decade. I caught their two appearances in Seattle – one opening for Graham Coxon, the other a headlining set at the Crocodile. I was incredibly surprised when I saw their name pop up on the Crocodile’s site on the same bill with Band of Skulls, and, wondering if someone else took the name, I did some research. They were back together! This never happens to me with bands. Once they go, they are gone. Anyway, I saw them on Thursday night; they’ve got a new guitarist, Dan Hare and about 95 percent of what they played was brand new material – brand new smoking great material, including Bitter Pills, Latest Heartbreak and Shake, Shiver and Moan. It was hard to see a band who obviously had so much in them disband, but this summer they’ll release their second LP. It’s going to be a blessing.
22-20s – review & all photos by Dagmar
Gallery of 22-20s @ the Crocodile