Paper Anthem, Coma Figura, Guests

Sun Jul 15 2018

8:00 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)

Sunset Tavern

5433 Ballard Avenue NW Seattle, WA 98107

$8.00

Ages 21+

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Paper Anthem, Coma Figura, Guests

  • Paper Anthem

    Paper Anthem

    Indie Rock

    Paper Anthem is the brainchild of Fayetteville, Arkansas twenty-something Joseph Hitchcock.  Though the name Paper Anthem wasn't chosen till 2014, the project began as an emotional outlet in November 2013 when Hitchcock first started playing shows to mostly empty bars. Nowadays, the bars aren't so empty.
     
    Hitchcock has been making music for as long as he can remember, first taking piano lessons at the age of six. From there he learned to play the guitar and found his voice and, after dabbling in roles in other bands here and there, decided it was time to work on some of his personal material. 

    Though the songs on By Ghosts weren't written to connect as an album, they were conceived during a particularly susceptible period in Hitchcock's life. His subconscious had found a way to abstractly bottle his thoughts and emotions.  Looking at the album as a whole, however, consistent themes emerge and become readily apparent.  Born in Arkansas, he says also that feeling stuck in small towns has forced him to imagine grander imagery through his lyrics. 

    Taking inspiration from a diverse range of artists (everyone from Vast to Tom Vek, Foals to Snow Patrol, Tegan & Sara to Eno), Hitchcock fuses elements of pop, big beat electronica, piano rock, and even math rock. "Some of my songs are inspired by the way two guitars often work together in math rock, but done on piano instead with my two hands" he says.
     
    "When I was a teenager, I listened to a lot of drum and bass and big beat electronica, and I think the way those songs add instruments one-by-one and build influenced me greatly, because I find myself doing that on songs like 'Cardboard Cove', 'Pantheon', and 'Speechless'."

  • Coma Figura

    Coma Figura

    Indie Rock

    BEDROOM POP IF IT WAS A REAL THING -- Coma Figura's sound is connected at once to a specific, personal locale and to the greater American culture. Their honesty as writers and their education in the institutions of popular music harness the universal experiences of angst, melancholy, joy and romance. Darrel Fortune, host of Northwest Convergence Zone radio, cited this energy in a March 2014 interview; referencing the Pacific Northwest's long music history, he told them, "We're in a bit of lull, no doubt about it. We've gone to way too many final shows of bands who are calling it quits for whatever reason. That's why it's great to have you and bands like you hitting the scene right now. It's going to be really fun to watch you guys go...Let's create a new scene."

    Coma Figura started in late 2011, however, the band's three original members have been writing and performing together for nearly ten years. Kyle Gootkin (vocals, guitar), Brittany White (vocals, guitar) and Mike Pa (drums, percussion) grew up together on the Key Peninsula near Tacoma, Wash. and formed their first band in high school; Travel By Channel laid the indie rock foundation which Coma Figura would later build on, emulating bands such as Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Death Cab for Cutie, and 764-Hero. As youngsters, they gained a sizable following in the sparse all-ages venues in Tacoma after playing for two years to handfuls of people -- their persistence seasoned their confidence as musicians and as a tight-knit entity, but they went their separate ways after 2008. 

    While attending Western Washington University in Bellingham, Kyle continued to write and perform under the solo moniker Hunting Hat. His lo-fi recordings and ever-evolving style of songwriting carried the project through four self-released albums in 2010 and caught the attention of The Guardian, which called him a "master of [...] ghostly, lo-fi rock." But after this prolific period, Kyle gave up Hunting Hat to focus on his studies and write a novella-length memoir about growing up in the 21st century as a disconnected youth in a "connected" global community. After two and a half years of writing and intense soul-searching, he reconnected with Mike and Brittany to form what would become Coma Figura. 

    Even through all this, the band did not truly commit to their project professionally until meeting producer Andrew Nalty and assistant Jesse Goodrum at MountainHouse Studios, where they would record their first EP "EVSDRiPR." With Nalty recording, mixing, and producing Coma Figura and Goodrum joining the group shortly after the ep's release in January 2014, the project began to flourish.

    They have responded to Fortune's challenge, doubling their efforts, playing shows every weekend, rehearsing, mastering their craft and building a loyal fanbase. Fans of Coma Figura have difficulty pinning down their influences, which are varied and many. Kyle and Brittany, the lead songwriters, have distinct but conducive styles -- respective comparisons to Tom Jones, Isaac Brock and Stevie Nix, Courtney Love abound -- which, when combined with Mike's nuanced grooves and Jesse's energetic bass lines form a rich, soulful tapestry that hangs somewhere between art rock and standard pop. Audiophiles and casual music fans, hipsters and Baby Boomers, passionate couples and forlorn singles alike will find their niche in Coma Figura's honest expressions.

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Paper Anthem, Coma Figura, Guests

Sun Jul 15 2018 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:30 PM)

Sunset Tavern Seattle WA
Paper Anthem, Coma Figura, Guests

$8.00 Ages 21+

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