Old Coast, The Hasslers, Aaron Semer

Fri Nov 22 2019

9:00 PM (Doors 8:30 PM)

Sunset Tavern

5433 Ballard Avenue NW Seattle, WA 98107

$12.00

Ages 21+

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Old Coast, The Hasslers, Aaron Semer

  • Old Coast

    Old Coast

    Americana

    “It sounds like sand blowing through canyon walls,” Zane said of Seattle based Indie-Americana band, Old Coast, “and his voice sounds like dusk,” he laughed, regarding singer Asher Deaver. Originally from Tucson, AZ, Asher has held on to his desert roots after relocating to Seattle for medical reasons in 2011. A lover of old time country and folk music, Asher began playing solo shows around the city and soon became a well respected songwriter in the Seattle music scene. He started collaborating with long time friend and bass player Alex Stoops (Courtney Marie Andrews, Dismal Tide) and when an old band mate, fiddle player Jon Berry (Pioneers of Primetime TV, Horsefinger), relocated from Las Cruces, NM, they began to flesh out a fuller and more polished sound. 2016 found drummer, Luke Dumke, and vocalist, Nik Singleton, (both of Decade of the Dead Arcade) also moving north from Las Cruces. After several recommendations from mutual friends, Asher, Luke, and Nik were introduced and began collaborating quickly bringing Alex and Jon into the mix. Shortly after, guitarist Manny Rodriguez (also of Decade of the Dead Arcade) followed from New Mexico to round out their sound. Between Luke, Manny and Nik's indie-rock roots and Asher, Alex, and Jon's 60's folk vibe, Old Coast morphed into a unique sound, both timeless yet new. They began playing shows with both local and national acts, receiving positive reviews. Several months of writing together brought on the release of their first of single, “Walls.” Their diverse mix of whiskey drinking desert songs and hard working old time harmonies create a unique brand of Pacific Northwest Americana.

  • The Hasslers

    The Hasslers

    Alternative Country

    The Hasslers, a five piece rock outfit from Missoula, Montana, build songs around lyrics, but they don't skimp on materials. Haunting lap steel ambiance meshes with wailing organ riffs, all behind a forefront of tight vocal harmonies. Recent winners at both the ZMA awards and Sean Kelly's Top of the Mic contest, these kids embody the kind of small town pride you can raise a glass to. Genuine, hard-hitting, MT folk-rock, erudite pool hall rock, doesn't matter what you call it, it's fun to watch and it's good to listen to. 

  • Aaron Semer

    Aaron Semer

    Americana

    The Stranger once said he was “blessing Seattle with his presence before catapulting to mega-fame.” Seattle Sound Magazine declared him “possibly Seattle’s least apathetic songwriter.” Despite these and other accolades, Aaron Semer’s obscurity felt cemented. Perhaps it was an unwillingness to play the game. Perhaps just dumb luck. But since arriving in Seattle almost two decades ago, Semer has plied his lonely craft in the dirty backrooms, dingy bars, and basements of the Pacific Northwest, both solo and in a host of bands you’ve probably never heard of. His voice and worldview have weathered – fractured in some places, hardened in others – but the timeless, genre-defying quality of his songwriting remains.

    Aaron Semer was raised in a farm town called Fremont in rural Ohio. He spent as much time running amok on small town streets as he did on his German Lutheran Grandparents’ farm, a beautiful plot of land complete with an apple orchard, woods, and a crooked old cemetery bearing the family name. In this world, Semer encountered hymns, old timey songs, Hee-haw country, blues, 60s rock, 80s glam, and eventually 90s underground music and punk. About a mile down the road from the farm, Semer fell-in with a group of slightly older Hesher musicians who had built a stage in an old barn and threw parties that threatened to bring the whole structure down. These formative experiences forever fortified his love of the rural Midwest but also made him long for more.

    After two years of college in the mid-90s, Aaron dropped out, moved into a van with a friend, and set about chasing Kerouac fantasies. This eventually led to him falling in love with the Pacific Northwest and moving to Seattle, where he’s since worked with homeless populations, runaway teens, and arts nonprofits, all while playing, recording, and producing music. It’s here that his style began to take form. The songs you grew up with on the radio. The dusty back roads. The grimy alleys. Hobos. Hipsters. Intellectuals. Farmers. Your mulleted cousin. These characters, melodies, and stories effortlessly infuse themselves into Semer’s songs. It’s America itself, in all its glory and horror. Or as The Stranger put it, “A listener feels as if these songs have always been there, waiting for someone to discover them.”

    On his new album, “Love Amidst Collapse,” Semer strips his music down to the bare essentials – acoustic guitars, voice, some basic percussion, and a few shredding solos for good measure. This is a concept album loosely based around the collapse of society as we know it, and how we would go about moving forward after the fall. On a personal basis, it is a reset button – an attempt for Semer to get back to basics as a songwriter, and to address his own fears about the decline and possible collapse of America. “Songs are stories, stories are life,” he says. “When you give up on the failing stories you have been telling yourselves as a society, what replaces them?”

    Hopefully, songs like these.

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Old Coast, The Hasslers, Aaron Semer

Fri Nov 22 2019 9:00 PM

(Doors 8:30 PM)

Sunset Tavern Seattle WA
Old Coast, The Hasslers, Aaron Semer

$12.00 Ages 21+

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