Six Killer, Shake Some Action, The Pop Cycle

Sun Dec 17 2017

8:00 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)

Sunset Tavern

5433 Ballard Avenue NW Seattle, WA 98107

$8.00

Ages 21+

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Shake Some Action, The Pop Cycle

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  • Six Killer

    Six Killer

    Rock

    Six Killer is surprised it's a rock band.

    When the four musicians came together for their first practice a mere 3 months ago, they assumed that the music they would be playing would be slow, solemn and quiet.

    But the stark, introspective sketches written by Rich Brisbois on acoustic guitar (The Buckets, 4 Hr Ramona, Acme Band) immediately metastasized into powerful, churning ROCK SONGS under the aegis of Kevin Warner's powerful drumming (Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter, Evangeline, Steve Turner and His Bad Ideas), April Sather's no-frills bass playing (Conrad Ford, The Buckets, Acme Band), and guitarist Mike Strassburger's virtuosic combination of technical prowess and daring sonic explorations (The Buckets, 4 Hr Ramona, Acme Band).

    Six Killer is a band in its infancy, but already it possesses a coherent sound based on a combination of American roots music, 70's Rock, and underground bands like Yo La Tengo, Guided By Voices and Built to Spill. Add the soaring and seductive vocal harmonies of Rich and April, and you have a powerhouse of a band that's ready to make some glorious noise.

  • Shake Some Action

    Shake Some Action

    Indie Rock

    “Shake Some Action! make sun-kissed Rickenbacker-rock that continues the tradition of the great power pop forbearers like the Kinks and Big Star, along with the jangle pop pioneers of the ‘80s like R.E.M. and the Feelies. The exclamation point amended to the name bears weight as well – their sound takes their influences’ jangly past and brings it into a caffeinated now, with high energy records and performances.” Jingle Punks Magazine

    “Armed with two Rickenbacker guitars and endless harmonies, the group is a bunch of unabashed pop classicists, bringing to mind not just ’70s power-pop but the heyday of jangle-pop in the ’80s, from the REM ringing of the guitars to the Robyn Hitchcock edge delivery from singer/songwriter James Hall. Guitars and harmonies like this always sound so good” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusic.com

    “This Seattle band does what other great bands have done, getting better on the follow-up. . . .this record has even more catchy hooks and phenomenal guitar work. Know this band. Listen to this band.” – John Richards, Seattle Sound/KEXP

    “They sound completely new and unheard, yet all the while familiar… as if they must exist as 60’s classics in some alternate universe.” Cincinnati Music Examiner

    “A definite contender for best album in 2013.” Powerpopaholic

    “One of the best power pop records released in the past couple of years. This is a jangle pop record par excellence.” – Tales From The Dropbox

    “Catch The Sun, the band’s fifth album, incorporates more toward hazy kaleidoscopic pop tones akin to those that Kevin Parker has so effectively mined with Tame Impala and Melody’s Echo Chamber. When Hall’s voice wavers over a jangly guitar line during the verses “Wait for the Summer”, he crafts a tone that splits the difference between psychedelic bliss and ’60s surf melodies.” – KEXP Seattle

    “Shake Some Action! is a musical project that’s largely informed by the jingle-jangle power-pop of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. But where Hall’s other like-minded Seattle contemporaries rarely veer beyond the first three albums recorded by Big Star (cough, cough, The Posies, cough, cough), he gets more adventurous. Dig into the prolific man’s recordings and you’ll hear trace elements of more paisley underground sounding legends like The Rain Parade and The Three O’Clock. Hone in on Hall’s singing style and you’ll detect an anglophile approach that’s mined from early ‘90s EPs by The La’s and The Stone Roses.” – Michelle Solomon, Pandora

  • The Pop Cycle

    The Pop Cycle

    Power Pop

    The Pop Cycle is a power pop foursome featuring Brett Richards and David Thompson on guitars, Paul Swegle on drums and Jim Freeman on bass. We play a mix of originals and covers drawn from several decades of the power pop genre, including songs by Big Star, The Who, The Records, The Kinks, Cheap Trick, Beatles, etc. - the list goes on and on and on. Our main goal with the Pop Cycle is to have a heck of a lot of fun, rock hard, and celebrate the music that means something to us. While Brett and David handle the lion's share of the lead vocals for the group, the rest of us have their backs with harmonies and might even sing lead on a tune or two ourselves. Brett came to the great NW from Atlanta about a decade ago after a long tenure as the lead guitar player for the critically acclaimed Hanging Francis. Since that time he's kicked it locally with his own StarChief , plus Harvest (a northwest tribute to Neil Young), and most recently with Jim in All Mixed Up, a casino/summer festival 80's cover band. Berklee trained David adds a layer of beautiful vocal harmonies and melodic color to our already full sound. His already illustrious musical career includes singer/songwriter/guitarist of the successful Boston band The Pills and most recently Seattle's The Scheme. Paul, TPC's newest member, is a native Seattle-ite who owned and operated Latona Studios near Greenlake. His bands Go Man Go and Smoking Jacket were big in the bar scene in the 90s, followed by a heavier band called VOL that Paul put together during the grunge era. After moving to D.C. and dominating the scene with rock trio Anne Summers, Paul came back to Seattle roughly a decade ago and has been playing with a variety of popular local bands, like the Boxcar Tramps(now, the Rolling Blackouts) and rockabilly band Billy Dwayne and the Creepers. In addition to All Mixed Up, Jim has been performing in and all around Seattle with a variety of local groups over the years, including The Seamonkees, '63 Burnout, and The Wild Snohomians.

Six Killer
Shake Some Action, The Pop Cycle

Sun Dec 17 2017 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:30 PM)

Sunset Tavern Seattle WA
Six Killer, Shake Some Action, The Pop Cycle
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$8.00 Ages 21+