Cracker Factory, David Buhler (CD Release), Joy Mills Band

Wed Oct 3 2018

8:00 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)

Sunset Tavern

5433 Ballard Avenue NW Seattle, WA 98107

$10.00

Ages 21+

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Cracker Factory, David Buhler (CD Release), Joy Mills Band

  • Cracker Factory

    Cracker Factory

    Alternative Rock

    This band is something of a throwback. A power trio in the tradition of the Jimi Hendrix Experience or Cream making modern rock music that is at once controlled and ferocious. It’s not normal, but it feels familiar. As Seattle’s The Stranger put it, “Since their first effort way back in the early aughts they’ve been unable to write anything but drum and guitar driven, proggy rock songs, whose anachronistic feel is easily forgotten because they’re just so fun to listen to” [1]

           Cracker Factory releases their fourth studio album “Chasing Ghosts” in June, 2015, which they describe as their most nuanced and controlled effort — the result, while retaining their adventurous musicianship, is their most accessible. The album has multiple guest artists that contributed their talents: Andrew Vait (Sisters), Tim Snider, Steve Scalfati (“The Late Late Show”), Dan Schmidt (Mts & Tunnels), Ayesha “MusicBox” Brooks and more.

           From the opening riffs of “Don’t Drink the Water,” to the rootsy political “Mean Ol’ Uncle Sam” to the anthem “Heaven for Free,” this is a broad and confident exposition that shows off a band in their prime. The trio will be touring around the Northwest in support of the album release, and produced a music video for “Heaven for Free.”

           RL Heyer, Shane Smith, and Denali Williams first played together in Cheney, WA in 1998. They took their name from “The Simpsons” (Milhouse’s dad worked at the Cracker Factory), and released their first album, “Deep Fried Basket of Love,” in 2003, “Mouth Breather” followed in 2007, “A sweaty, rusty album completely devoid of pop sheen (save for some ingenious hooks)” (The Stranger), which delivered “I know Two Notes,” a declaration of style and substance.

           “I Know Two Notes” went on to become the band’s best-selling track, with Dennis Cook from the Dirty Impound saying, “From simple things great things sometimes emerge. This ditty from Seattle’s Cracker Factory is like a zen mantra from a sensei that loves Anvil and The Stooges.” [2]

           In collaboration with animator Andrew Woods the band released a music video for “I Know Two Notes.” [3] Internet personality Mr. Weebl. shared the video and to date the video has had over 17,000 views and over 850 likes. Fans said, “And why precisely is this not viral? This song is amazing!”

           In 2013 the band released “No One Knows We’re Here,” The album was their most successful project to date and one that clearly showed the musical growth that comes from playing countless shows in Cracker Factory and a broad constellation of other bands like Flowmotion, True Spokes, Thomas Mapfumo, Uncle Pooch, and many more. Despite all the musical chairs — or maybe because of them — the trio has stuck together for nearly two decades, always coming home to the Factory.

           And the recipe is still working. The band was profiled on the TV show “Band in Seattle” in 2014 [4], and is booked for several high-profile festivals in summer 2015.

           All of the leads up to this moment in time. Cracker Factory is three veteran musicians of high caliber releasing their strongest album yet; warrior poets of that sacred place we call the stage. Now if you will please excuse them, it’s time to rock.

  • David Buhler

    David Buhler

    Alternative

  • Joy Mills Band

    Joy Mills Band

    Country Soul

    Since forming in 2011, the Joy Mills Band has released four recordings: Trick of the Eye (2012), Cat & Mouse(2013), Deep Cut (2015) and Coming Up (2017) featuring their balladeering and soulful country songs. Joy Mills, on acoustic guitar and vocals, is joined by Lucien LaMotte on electric guitar and pedal steel, Tom Parker on bass and vocals, Jack Quick on keys and Mike McDermott on drums. It's a well-grooved blend of roots, rock ‘n’ roll, folk and country.  Songs explore modern themes and characters that filter world-weariness through a lens of self-awareness. “Love, I'm hanging up my coat / been down that dusty road/ heaven's a seed / Sun, through the clouds well I don't know / nothing is as it is told / so what can be done.”  Elsewhere, on “Coming Up” there is a simple beauty and comfort in the chorus: "I love when the robin sings / sweet things through an open door / and how I've been waiting for / these songs in the dawn." 

    They've toured the west coast and northern Europe. They are each songwriters in their own right, and play regularly with other Seattle bands and musicians. Their latest EP, Coming Up ​was released March 2017.

    "Seattle’s liveliest country-flavored act since Neko Case."  - Paul Constant (The Stranger)

    “Call it lilt with an edge.” – Leicester Bangs (UK)

    “Organic country…both delicate and edgy… For the lo-fi country enthusiast.” – Maverick Magazine 

    "Trick of the Eye is an easy rolling, urban country debut, right in step with the likes of Zoe Muth and Davidson Hart Kingsbery. Mills sings with a simple, unhurried cadence, with earthy tones that softly attune bassist Tom Parker's subtle harmonies with her own. Trick of the Eye rings with such sounds, rich in lyrical imagery and twangy pedal steel."  - Seattle Weekly

    Mills spent 2005-2010 leading the Americana band, The Starlings. She and Tom Parker also perform as an acoustic duo. Mills continues to push the edges wider to incorporate classic sounds of early rock ‘n’ roll, country and soulful songwriting. The band’s repertoire maintains an urban country style filled with melodic interplay and layers of pedal steel and electric guitar set against the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest.

    In both her solo career and with The Starlings, Mills has garnered extensive reviews, chart-listings and favor both here and abroad. Trick of the Eyelanded on Seattle Weekly’s Best Country Albums for 2012, and she was called by The Stranger’s Paul Constant, “Seattle’s liveliest country-flavored act since Neko Case.”  She has supported such artists as Todd Snider, The Avett Brothers, Fred Eaglesmith, The Wood Brothers, and Eilen Jewell. She also provides backing vocals on multiple recordings – including Zoe Muth and the Lost High Roller’s 2011 release, Starlight Hotel, and 2012 release, Old Gold.

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Cracker Factory, David Buhler (CD Release), Joy Mills Band

Wed Oct 3 2018 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:30 PM)

Sunset Tavern Seattle WA
Cracker Factory, David Buhler (CD Release), Joy Mills Band

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