The Moon Is Flat, Talktin and Easy, Mark Brainard, Biblioteka

Wed Apr 18 2018

8:00 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)

Sunset Tavern

5433 Ballard Avenue NW Seattle, WA 98107

Ages 21+

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  • The Moon Is Flat

    The Moon Is Flat

    Rock

  • Talktin and Easy

    Talktin and Easy

    Rock

    "Craft" is the operative word on Talktin and Easy's debut album "All In Our Family of Trees". The summation of 4 years of work, this record comes from a group of musicians who took a moment to consciously pause, step away, and dedicate time to the development of their craft. Featuring members of Pacific NW underground-indie-groups SEACATS, Special Explosion, and The Oregon Donor; the members of Talktin and Easy took a break from the indie-rock hustle to make a concerted effort to elevate their craft of music-making.

    Singer/writer Harry Smith has spent his working life as a house painter and finish carpenter, and the dedication to trade ingrained in him by his day-job shines through the lyrics. An almost meditative approach to detail is present in every line. Some verses call for quiet contemplation and time in order to be fully appreciated, while some hit you in the gut, the way good pop music is supposed to.

    Despite the lofty intentions that can be obligatory to a “highbrow” project like this one, these songs still "pop!" Take the amount of care and craftsmanship typically applied to classical art forms such as poetry or painting, but apply it to our modern vessel of pop music. That is the vision for “All in Our Family of Trees.”

    Musically, the band draws upon their small town upbringing as inspiration. Singer Harry Smith grew up in Anacortes, WA, a tiny Puget Sound Arts community that has had wide-ranging artistic influence regionally and nationally, thanks to groups like Mt. Eerie, Karl Blau, and The Lonely Forest. The stamp of Anacortes' musical pedigree is evident in both the sound and the attitude of Talktin and Easy. There is a small-town mindset of quality over quantity, and a knowledge of the inherent satisfaction received for completing a job to the best of one's ability.

    The record functions thematically as a half-meditation, half-manifesto on family, love, creativity and society. One senses the narrator as optimistic, but also at a loss for how to untangle the mass of humanity's failings. But there is a through line of hope that carries the whole record through to its conclusion that makes it a revitalizing listen even in its darker moments.

  • Mark Brainard

    Mark Brainard

    Rock

    Mark Brainard is a Seattle based musician. Whether he is performing solo or with the band, he never disappoints and always leaves the crowd craving more.

    Armed with strident vocals, biting guitar, and an all or nothing mentality, Brainard sings it like it is. Drawing evident influence from 60s Rock and Folk legends, but contributing generously to the conversation with lyrics that demand to be heard. With topics ranging from a shark attack, to divorce. Mark Brainard is a lyrical contortionist.                

    Many of his songs bear great depth but are incredibly accessible to all because he performs them with such buoyancy. All words and themes are welded firmly to catchy and contagious melodies.                                                                                                                        
    An honest artist, hustling and fighting vehemently to find his footing in an era where egoism reigns supreme, and commercialization plunders through what was once cherished. Mark Brainard is an artist allied with truth as opposed to mere self-indulgence. Mark Brainard has something to say, and it’s incredibly refreshing.

  • Biblioteka

    Biblioteka

    Rock

    Seattle-based rock band BIBLIOTEKA first came to light the summer of 2017 after Ukrainian singer-songwriter Mierichka Robins, 22 took over as front woman of synth rock band formally known as Critté. Mierichka is joined by songwriter/guitarist Hector Rodriguez to create a cultural mosaic of pop melodies with dark youthful angry lyrics inspired by The Cure, Arctic Monkeys, and Blondie.

The Moon Is Flat, Talktin and Easy, Mark Brainard, Biblioteka

Wed Apr 18 2018 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:30 PM)

Sunset Tavern Seattle WA
The Moon Is Flat, Talktin and Easy, Mark Brainard, Biblioteka
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Ages 21+