Parker Gispert (of The Whigs) w/ Wolfchild, Tobias the Owl

Thu Feb 14 2019

8:00 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)

Sunset Tavern

5433 Ballard Avenue NW Seattle, WA 98107

Ages 21+

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  • Parker Gispert

    Parker Gispert

    Alternative

    Parker Gispert was still in college when he helped form the Whigs in the early 2000s. But after five critically-acclaimed albums, hundreds of tour dates all over the world with the likes of Kings of Leon, Drive-By Truckers, the Black Keys and many others, and television appearances everywhere from the Late Show with David Letterman to Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the Athens, Georgia-bred rockers decided to pull back on activity in 2017.

    Which left Gispert, who had spent the majority of his adult life either in the studio or on the road with the band, at a crossroads.

    “It occurred to me that if I wanted to record and tour that I was going to need to do it solo,” the singer, songwriter and guitarist says. “I'd always thought about it in the back of my mind as something that I wanted to do one day, but ‘one day’ had never really come.”

    Now, ‘one day’ is here in the form of Sunlight Tonight, Gispert’s debut solo album (produced and mixed by Emery Dobyns). The eight-song effort finds Gispert, known for leading the Whigs through raw and jangly southern-garage rave-ups, taking a decidedly different musical approach—biting electric guitar riffs are cast out in favor of gentle acoustic picking and strumming, and his band mates’ raucous rhythms are traded in for minimal accompaniment that includes light bass and drums, orchestral strings and even trumpet. Gispert’s lyrics, meanwhile, are his most introspective and personal to date (albeit with a bit of humor thrown in here and there) and they’re delivered in a vocal style that finds him pushing out on his range. “I didn't need to project over a band, so I was able to sing in registers I hadn’t really used before, like a lot of high falsetto,” he explains.

    The end result showcases a different side of the artist, to be sure. But it’s one that Gispert felt compelled to explore. “A lot of guys from rock bands that go solo, they just hire another bassist and drummer and go make another album,” he says. “I didn’t want to go that route.”

    Ultimately, his change in musical direction was helped along by a change in geography. A longtime resident of Nashville (by way of Atlanta, and then Athens), Gispert last year accepted an invitation from a friend to visit his 100-acre hemp farm, located roughly an hour outside Music City. “It was like out of a total time warp,” Gispert recalls of the property. “No heat or AC. No animals. No active crops. Water from a well. It was just, like, a house and a plot of land. I ended up staying there for a year.”

    That plot of land was where Sunlight Tonight came into being. “I would wake up early and get my guitar and walk outside and come up with all these songs,” Gispert says. “And without a band to turn to as the deciding factor on, say, a melody or a lyric, I ended up turning to the scenery and the landscape I was dealing with instead. The farm was like my collaborator—it kind of answered everything for me, as weird as that sounds. And the songs started coming pretty quickly.”

    As for what the future holds, Gispert is open to any and all possibilities that might follow in the wake of Sunlight Tonight. “Because I didn't even see any of this happening, you know?” he says. “So I can’t really say what comes next. But it’s almost like a weight off my shoulders to not really know where I'm going from here.”

    One thing he can say for sure: the farm that served as both inspiration and companion to Gispert throughout the writing process for Sunlight Tonight is now a thing of the past.

    “I’ve moved away,” he reports. “I’m living over by a lake now.” Gispert laughs. “I’m trying to switch it up.”

  • Wolfchild

    Wolfchild

    Folk Rock

    Seattle’s WOLFCHILD is a collective of musicians creating a sound that blends the worlds of lyrical dreamy-folk music with the dramatic cinematic swells of Pink Floyd-esque alt-rock. Frontman Gabriel Wolfchild spent his early years cutting his teeth as an acoustic singer-songwriter and became known for his tenderly poetic and at times tragic style that allows listeners to open up, dive deep, and explore the full extent of their own emotional passageways. His songwriting is met with ethereal 4 piece vocal harmonies, soaring horn bellows, gravity-defying guitar, and potent percussion and bass lines to create an immersive sound that blurs the line between rock show and performance art.

    In 2017 the band independently released their EP debut, Mornings Like These, produced and recorded by Eric Lilavois (Saint Motel, Atlas Genius) at the famed London Bridge Studio. Recently back at the studio, they have prepared a full length record set to release early 2019. The new album is a testament to the current state of the world and the turbulent time we as human beings are all being forced to reckon with.

  •  Tobias the Owl

    Tobias the Owl

    Alternative Rock

    Tobias the Owl is the musical alter ego of Seattle resident, Elijah Dhawan, who is

    celebrating the release of his EP, “Painting Zero by Your Name” packaged with his

    novel of the same name.  Elijah spent years traveling the southwest and west,

    gathering diverse influences from Texas roots and folk traditions, deep Southern

    bluegrass, Canadian indie rock, Long Beach surf and rockabilly and Pacific

    Northwestern acoustic music. Throughout, Elijah has proudly carried and reflected

    the musical traditions of his native, Morocco.  

    Named “Best Songwriter” in the 2014 Seattle Sound Music Awards and “Best

    Singer/Songwriter” in the 2014 Toronto Independent Music Awards, Tobias the Owl

    has gained international prominence and critical acclaim for several of his songs,

    including the track “Low Life”, which has been performed and recorded by Deer

    Tick and Jonah Tolchin.

Parker Gispert (of The Whigs) w/ Wolfchild, Tobias the Owl

Thu Feb 14 2019 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:30 PM)

Sunset Tavern Seattle WA
Parker Gispert (of The Whigs) w/ Wolfchild, Tobias the Owl
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Ages 21+