Less than 10 days until Sasquatch! 2016 Music Festival and we’re feeling super excited! The Gorge is known for unpredictable weather, so grab your poncho and check out this blog dedicated to highlighting 11 (because duh, 10 isn’t enough) maybe lesser-known acts we think you should show some love to next weekend. These are the characters, the soft-spoken or loud-mouthed, crowd pleasers that will have you walking away with one of their vinyls or t-shirts. If you’ve ever been to a festival and were udderly surprised when you saw a smaller band perform better than the bigger bands, this is a blog meant for you. Take a seat, sit back and relax as we ease your way into this year’s Sasquatch lineup!
DIAMONDS IN THE GORGE
You may have heard their names, but didn’t bother to listen to their tunes. Here are our ‘Diamonds in the Gorge’ that will shake your music taste and leave you with a new love for all kinds of music!
Chill out to the sweet, R & B vibes The Internet has you trippin’ over. Lead by vocalist, Sydney Bennett (aka Syd the Kyd) has you reminiscing your Kelly Rowland and Destiny Child days. The Internet plays with the soft percussions and jazz influences all rolled into an R&B/funk soundscape. Syd the Kyd will have you relaxing after a hectic day of founding the prime spot at the Gorge and will help you release all your worries (“Get Away”). For those who love: SZA, Anderson Paak, Frank Ocean, Kelly Rowland.
Sweet, seductive and indie-electronic project brings the simplistic and poppy tempo and beats that are hard to forget. Acronym for Los Angeles and New York, two romanticized cities that reoccur in the song writing, such as in “ILYSB” and “BRB”. Obviously, acronym’s are a huge, but sometimes, the best way to make a big deal, is to just call it what it is. Or at least use an acronym, such as in “ILYSB” (I Love You So Bad” or “4Ever!”) If you had a summer crush that left your heart beating endlessly over a girl or a heartbreak that left you speachless, LANY knowns how you feel. Turn on this funky, synth-pop trio and groove out to their set at this year’s ‘SQ 2K16 (Sasquatch 2016) For those who love: Anna of the North, Marian Hill, The 1975, Sam Sure.
We here at 88.1 and especially for Tanner the Intern, like to refer to Fauna Shade as ‘our boys’. Tanner fell in love with their music after connecting with Scottie Smith, lead vocalist for an interview. Fauna Shade, an Everett, WA based trio recently performed on College Radio Day on October 2nd in downtown Ellensburg behind the Ironhorse Pub and blew us all out of the water. Seattle instantly grew to love the surfer and psychodelic rock trio and has since hit the radiowaves on local radio stations, 90.3 KEXP and 107.7 The End. Don’t mistake this small Everett band for your hilarious brother and his goofy friends. Get them on stage and you’ll wanna spend your last $10 on their newest album, Baton Rouge. For those who love: Tame Impala, Smokey Brights, Alabama Shakes.
Joseph, a sister trio from Portland, Oregon named the group after their beloved grandfather and hometown of Joseph, Oregon. The voices of Allison, Meegan and Natalie Closer encompasses the perfected harmonies. Their songwriting is about from lose of loved ones, insecurities and anticipation for future plans all all within their powerful and down-right beautiful harmonies. Joseph toured around the country with singer-songwriters, Penny & Sparrow, The Oh Hellos and most recently opened for James Bay in April. After they performed at Central in late 2014, Hollyhock Jukebox (Mandi Ringgenberg) fell in love with their music and continues to follow their journey and signing to ATO Records (Alabama Shakes, Brandi Carlile). Their music captivates you in the moment, not wanting to let go of the present or forget the past. Fall into their harmonies and drift into a blissful state. For those who love: The Japanese House, Aurora, Penny & Sparrow.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Seattle has released a couple of surfer-pscyh rock groups in the past decade that again, our Indie crowd in America are digging. King Gizzard and the Lizzard Wizard is ridiculous, spunky and probably a reincarnation of a wannabe hippy band from the 1960s pre-Civil Rights era. Sonically spiraling in vocal reverbs and psychedelic guitar riffs is the body of King Gizzard. Also signed to ATO Records, King Gizzard is the gem in our ‘Squatch festival that’ll get you up on all ten toes ( you do have ten toes, right?), hair flying in the wind, rocking out to their out-of-controll guitar riffs. Let go and release yourself to the hippy-notic vibes of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard clan. For those who love: The Murlocs, Courtney Barnett, Ty Segall, Fauna Shade.
In collaboration with Denmark producers, Galimatias, Baraz’s “Fantasy” single released on Soundcloud and 8tracks caused an uproar of young adults to fall in love with the electronic pop and Baraz’s enticing, delicate vocals. The collaboration can be found in entirety on Baraz’s EP, “Urban Flora”. Originally from Ohio and now based in Los Angeles, Baraz and Galamatias blend off-center R & B vocals and ominous, scratchy production. Slow and steady as time moves with the ebb- and -flow of Baraz’s deep, steady voice. Flow with lyrics and let your worries go. For those who love: Anna of the North, Cashmere Cat, Hayden James, Marian Hill.
Yeasayer is an experimental twist of Middle Eastern and African percussion and beats with a modern eclectic, pop after-taste. Baltimore raised vocalist and keyboardist, Chris Keating and Guitarist Anand Wilder met in high school and since their birth of the project, have evolved from contemporary, alternative-psychodelic rock sounds, to more-so, exploring with experimental and quirky sounds that bend modern alternative music. Their unique sounds, similar to that of Bombino or Animal Collective, give pop music a cultural influence in instrumentals and tribal samples. Intriguing and intimidating is the sounds of Yeasayer. For those who love: TV on the Radio, Grizzly Bear, Twin Shadows, Animal Collective.
London, England’s songwriting duo, Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht burst into the American music scene with their smooth-grooving single, “Drive” off of their self-titled EP. Their musical inspirations range from funk, pop, orchestral instrumentation and coffeehouse melodies. Vander Gucht and West have a perfected male-female harmonies and focal piano instrumentals that carry the album on flightless wings of inspirational love ballads. Oh Wonder is a talented duo questioning the relationship to people and the universe; their music is smooth, delicate and perfect for the long night back home from Sasquatch! 2016. For those who love: Jack Garratt, The Japanese House, Betty Who, LANY.
A unique project for Scott Hansen in addition to his visual graphics, ISO 50, which can also be seen on all their album artwork. Tycho is what we music-enthusiast call IDM, or Intelligent Dance Music. More intelligent than dance inspired, Hansen the mastermind behind the project, evokes curiosity and a simplistic state of mind in his music. Their recent album, Awake is a bit more clean in production and rock influenced than previous, free-spirited album, Dive. Tycho is a collection of samples with rock instrumentation; a perfect combination to kick a** in the gym or hone in your inner tranquility during a morning meditation session. For those who love: Yppah, Nosaj Thing, Shigeto, Bonobo.
Seattle’s own riot grrl, potty-mouthed, grungy all-girl band, Childbirth is actually a side project of three separate bands; Julia Sharpiro, lead singer of Chastity Belt, Bree Mckenna of Tacocat and Stacy Peck of Pony Time hold back no barriers in their latest album, Women’s Rights. Their music is sarcastic, moody, and a bit too honest about the ridiculous dating scene through social media (“Tech Bro” and “Siri, Open Tinder”). Childbirth may be a band that mock’s the digital era of online dating and breaking stereotypes for men and women, but their catchy riffs and Sharpiro’s enticing vocals will have you thinking twice about what a women can and cannot do (“Nasty Grrls”) Oh, and they usually wear hospital gowns when performing…For those who love: Pony Time, Tacocat, Chastity Belt, Courtney Barnett.
Image Shamir Bailey as the kid at the party, much like Childbirth, that stands in the corner, counting how many drunken chicks are humiliating themselves all while he plays a video game soundtrack in his head, asking himself why he even showed up to the party in the first place (“Make A Scene”). Shamir Bailey grew up on a farm just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. Bailey combines 90’s influenced techno-pop with R & B funk. A delicate mixture of house and hip-hop and Bailey’s flirtatious falsetto evoke tenacity and wonderlust. He’s also not shy to make a cowbell a popular instrument on a funky, sassy track (“On the Regular”). For those who love: Young Fathers, Jamie xx, FKA Twigs.
You can hear all these artist on KCWU-FM, 88.1 The ‘Burg on shows like Adjacent Minds with Tanner Tuesdays 6-8pm, Indie Inspirations with Hollyhock Jukebox Wednesdays 8-10am, When the Sun Hits, Fridays 8-10 am, The Wake Up Call, Thursday and Fridays 6-8am just to name a few!