Northwest Psych Fest: Day 2

Sat Sep 1 2018

8:00 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)

Sunset Tavern

5433 Ballard Avenue NW Seattle, WA 98107

Ages 21+

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  • Kinski



    Sometimes you just want to play FASTER. For a band whose extensive discography has historically been primarily instrumental and prone to modifying adjectives like “post-“ and “space-“, the last couple of years have been a left turn down a twisted alley of fuzz pedals, blown tube amps, and a kind of raw power befitting of the Stooges. There are quiet moments here and there but you get the feeling they’re only there so the drummer can catch his breath. 7 (or 8) finds Kinski sounding heavier, faster, and even more self-assured, picking up where 2013’s Cosy Moments left off but also pushing their sound into even more singular territory.

    7 (or 8), the title itself a wry observation echoing the confusion created by their extensive catalog, is in fact their SEVENTH (or eighth depending who you ask) LP and second for new label home Kill Rock Stars, having previously released several LPs on Sub Pop and other discerning independent labels. Recorded and mixed in San Francisco at El Studio with Phil Manley (of Trans Am), 7 (or 8) comes in the midst of a more prolific period for the band. “It always takes us awhile to write a record but this one came quickly. We’ve stopped worrying about it so much and just get on with it, which is easier on the soul,” says guitarist/singer Chris Martin. This mindset, alongside their newfound lyricism, has revealed a band that is slyly self-aware, hinted at through years of tongue-in-cheek song titles but now fully evident. The quicker pace has also instilled a palpable confidence and energy on record.

    That being said, 7 (or 8) hits like a ton of bricks. The double helping of riffs in the form of “Detroit Trickle Down” and “Flight Risk” leave the listener nearly out of breath. Martin, Lucy Atkinson (Bass), Matthew Reid-Schwartz (Guitar), and Barrett Wilke (Drums) stretch out a bit over the course of the record, marrying their more expansive sound with proto-punk fury, but they rarely let up until the last song, album highlight “Bulletin of the International String Figure Association”. One of the last songs written for the record, “Bulletin…” eases into a nearly 11 minute crescendo of rock bliss, gently flirts with a string section at the same time, and then floats back down to Earth in a perfect denouement. Like John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands on the cover, Kinski strive to make art that is uncompromising and on their own terms and 7 (or 8) is a refreshing reminder that rock music in 2015 can still be a unique and cathartic experience.

  • Nordra and Skerik Present: The Slaughter Guarantee

    Nordra and Skerik Present: The Slaughter Guarantee


  • Ben Von Wildenhaus

    Ben Von Wildenhaus

    Alternative Rock

    After 10 years spent deploying sonic barrages with saturnine heavy-riffers Federation X, tinnitus wasn’t the only voice in the back of Ben Wildenhaus’s head. “I had always listened to surf along with garage and punk and all the heavy and angular Olympia stuff,” he says. “But at the same time I was playing and listening to a lot of jazz—Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Miles, especially electric Miles, and getting weird with experimental stuff.”


    Languishing in the drowsy college town of Bellingham, WA, those other sounds started speaking in the back of his brain, too. Without Federation X touring or recording on a regular basis, he started playing in every other band in town. “I was playing two or three nights a week in Bellingham, and touring as a sideman. I started to get pretty tired of Americana, Townes and Graham Parsons, bluegrass beard rock, etc. I learned a lot about playing but missed the creating new music.”


    So he and wife, Tawni, broke the notorious clutches of that town and landed in New York City. “I always felt an attraction to NYC. It’s the closest you can get to world travel without the need for deep pockets. I decided to focus on six-string guitar—in Fed X we used only the four heaviest strings—by playing as much as possible around Brooklyn and composing new music for a podcast called Instrumental Quaalude.” There wasn’t exactly a clamoring commercial demand for Wildenhaus’s new style at first, so he played where he could, whether he was expected or not:


    "There was this small vegetarian restaurant/cafe down the street from our place called Phoebe’s that hosted random singer-songwriters. One day I asked the bartender if I could play during her shifts. I arrived every Wednesday and, instead of setting up in the front, I’d take a position in the dark back-area, among the boxes of wine and beers and napkins. I’d set my amp to a very low volume and mic it through the house stereo system. Then I’d improvise wallpaper jams for hours in exchange for a meal and booze. 

    "And I wrote a lot of material while improvising there. I also learned a lot about space in music there. When you’re performing in front of an attentive audience, there’s a lot of pressure to keep changing things, to move the music and your body, make things progress in some sort of visual way. In the shadows at Phoebe’s, I could let a simple melody or pattern settle into the space, get into all the corners.”

  • Neptuna



    Banda mexicana de mujeres que nace de la exploración de sonidos y emociones con el fin de unificarse y compartir momentos de reflexión y locura.  Su sonido simple y contundente te invita a viajar por diversos paisajes.

    (Band of Mexican women born from the exploration of sounds and emotions in order to unify and share moments of reflection and madness. Its simple and forceful sound invites you to travel through different landscapes.)

  • Mortemart



Northwest Psych Fest: Day 2

Sat Sep 1 2018 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:30 PM)

Sunset Tavern Seattle WA
Northwest Psych Fest: Day 2
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Ages 21+