Fruit Juice, S.M. Wolf, Bad Luck

Wed Jun 27 2018

8:00 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)

Sunset Tavern

5433 Ballard Avenue NW Seattle, WA 98107

Ages 21+

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  • Fruit Juice

    Fruit Juice

    Alternative Rock

    This psychedelic pop band reminiscent of early-early Pink Floyd would aid any acid or mushroom trip. They’re a combination of joy, mirage and youth. What’s most interesting about this band is that even though their vibe, sound and groove are a bit out there, they get the crowd to dance (even the sober ones!).

  • S.M. Wolf

    S.M. Wolf

    Indie Pop

    S.M. Wolf is a psychedelic power-pop collective of musicians based in Indianapolis and fronted by elementary school teacher and multi-instrumentalist Adam Gross. S.M. Wolf began as a tribute to the 2013 Spring Equinox as what was meant to be a one time only solo project, contributing a side for a cassette compilation celebrating the changing season. After a positive response, however, Gross enlisted friends and former bandmates Rachel Enneking (keys), Ben Leslie (bass), and James Furness (drums) to form a live act. Attracting attention from local Indianapolis label In Store Recordings (The Dig, Pillars), the cassette recordings were released as a 7” EP around the same time that the band enlisted Melanie Rau to take over drumming duties.

    Spending the next year touring regionally and along the East Coast, the band released Canine Country Club in February 2015 with another Indianapolis imprint, Jurassic Pop Records (Pfarmers, Beat Awfuls). In the meantime, Adam started work on S.M. Wolf's debut full-length, Neon Debris which was later released on Jurassic Pop and In Store as a joint effort. The lead single from the record, We All Decided No, was released as a lathe cut 7” on Joyful Noise Recordings (Sebadoh, Kishi Bashi) with the music video being premiered on MOKB. The music video for the second single, Lies to Heathens, was premiered via the Nerdist with a full album premiere being featured on Impose. Following the release of Neon Debris, the band toured regionally at which time they recorded and released a Daytrotter session. The album rounded out the year landing tracks on end-of-year round up playlists featured on sites like Sub Pop and MOKB.

    While continuing to tour regionally, S.M Wolf recorded “The Awful Spring” which was released as a 7”+Reel-to-Reel box set (the first of its kind) on Tucson’s People In A Position To Know Recordings (Flaming Lips, Little Wings). Following its release, S.M. Wolf took to the road again, this time hitting the west coast and everything between.

    Bad Ocean, S.M. Wolf’s second LP, shows an evolution of the band both musically and structurally. The record was recorded on 8-track reel-to-reel in Gross’ home studio, yet this time it features all present and past members including new addition Bryan Unruh (keys, guitar, drums). While the band has always had an Elephant Six-like kitchen sink aesthetic when it comes to instrumentation, on this record they reached a little deeper into the sink to showcase diverse instruments such as the theremin, baritone guitar, air organ, and vintage string and mono synths. Bad Ocean also features lyrics that are more vulnerable and personal than on previous S.M. Wolf records while still maintaining the same fuzzed-out pop hooks that they're known for.

  • Bad Luck

    Bad Luck

    Modern Creative

    For over a decade the Seattle based duo Bad Luck (Neil Welch, saxophone/electronics and Chris Icasiano, drums) have pushed the boundaries of what it means to perform, create and move forward in the genre of modern jazz. With four albums under their belt, Bad Luck has created an incredibly diverse array of music — no small feat in the heavily trodden world of drum/saxophone duos. They have developed a unique performative language together, sculpting compositions that use complex mnemonic techniques, and create "fearless, raw improvisations" (Seattle Times).

    Bad Luck formed out of late night drum and saxophone marathon sessions exploring John Coltrane & Rashied Ali style duos and jazz standards while students together at the University of Washington.  Since then they have come to embody a wide range of styles with incredible artistic growth as a band. They gained recognition early on, being named “Outside Jazz Group of 2011” by Earshot Jazz Magazine, with their album Two was named “Album of the Year 2012” by the New York Jazz Review. The duo has emerged as one of Seattle's most lauded experimental projects of late, with genre-melting collaborations with dancers and visual artists in genres far and beyond the realm of jazz music. 

    Welch and Icasiano are founding members of the famed Racer Sessions avant-garde performance series, which takes place each week in Seattle. They are also founding members of the cutting-edge arts organization Table & Chairs, which produces music events and facilitates educational programs. Bad Luck tours extensively, having shared the stage with local bands throughout the US as well as major figures in improvised music, such as the saxophone legend Roscoe Mitchell, and performers Cuong Vu, Andrew D’Angelo, Wayne Horvitz, Dave King and Chris Speed. Bad Luck are currently Table & Chairs Music recording artists with four albums to their credit: Bad Luck (2009), Two (2010), Bloodroot EP (2012) and Three (2014). They recently recorded their fourth full-length album Four, due to be released sometime in late 2017.

Fruit Juice, S.M. Wolf, Bad Luck

Wed Jun 27 2018 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:30 PM)

Sunset Tavern Seattle WA
Fruit Juice, S.M. Wolf, Bad Luck
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Ages 21+