Typhoon

Fri Feb 18 2022

6:00 PM

The Crocodile

2505 1st Ave Seattle, WA 98121

$25.00

Ages 21+

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The Crocodile Presents:
Typhoon

  • Typhoon

    Typhoon

    Indie Rock

    The first time I saw Typhoon, around 2006, they looked like the kids from Lord of the Flies after

    a few weeks on the island. Unkempt, new to the big city, exploding with excitement to play for

    anyone, anywhere. In basements and back-room all-ages clubs that might as well have been

    basements, they already knew how to rattle bones, jerk tears and turn stomachs--that all came

    Naturally.

     

    I don’t know how self-aware they were then. I don’t know if they really knew the power of the

    sheer spectacle of ten kids flooding a space like an uprising of feral choir students. I know they

    didn’t seem too self-assured. During the quiet parts they would sway against each other, some

    biting their lips and some staring at their shoes while frontman Kyle Morton strummed a guitar

    half his size. Nervous jokes were often cracked amongst the horn section. And then the chorus

    would hit and they would intuitively become this single, heart-rending noise that didn’t sound like

    anything else. More metal than all but the gnarliest metal; still sweet and unflinchingly honest.

    They weren’t kids in those moments, they were pure weaponized humanity.

     

    For a long time I thought the secret ingredient was youth--that the urgency of being 19 and

    having something to say just permeated Typhoon’s songs and made them feel vital. They were,

    after all, the kids who couldn’t get enough. They were the kids you’d see cross-legged in the

    front row of the Mount Eerie show, wide-eyed. But Typhoon has grown up without letting go of

    their earnesty or their urgency. The band has gotten smarter, sharper, less reliant on spectacle.

    Typhoon has pared down a bit (eight members at last count), though old members still make

    appearances onstage and are often strewn about the green room after hometown shows, when

    shows aren’t so hard to come by.

     

    As time has gone by, Kyle Morton has slowly become one of his generation’s most profound

    and nuanced songwriters. He has also learned how to run a band that once seemed

    unmanageable. Typhoon’s secret instrument of hearts and hollers bubbling up in loose unison,

    though, that still works just the same way. Maybe it works because this band is still interrogating

    the same complicated hallways of the human heart that it started with.

     

    Typhoon songs are, overwhelmingly, about the human tendency to confuse the things that

    possess us for the things we possess. They are about the impossibility of home, even as

    physical houses feature so prominently in Morton’s songs: dying on the kitchen floor, an idyllic

    cabin where small monsters lay in wait, the long hallways of the devil’s mansion (I told you this

    band was metal). In ever more ambitious fashion, Typhoon asks why it’s so hard to find our

    place, why our lot is never large enough. Honestly, the answer keeps getting darker. Lucky for

    us, Typhoon keeps a light on.

     

    In 2018, ahead of the curve as usual, Typhoon released an apocalypse album. The ambitious

    double-LP Offerings found Morton writing about senility, the most terrifying thing he could

    imagine. It was the darkest and most difficult Typhoon record, if ultimately the most rewarding

    for longtime listeners. It was also much bigger than personal narrative: Offerings was as much

    about a world and a country forgetting their virtues as it was about our narrator losing his mind.

     

    Now in the midst of an actual apocalypse, Typhoon finds themselves ahead of the times once

    more. Sympathetic Magic, first tracked in the basement home studio Morton built while isolating

    with his wife and dog, then fleshed-out piecemeal with socially distanced bandmates, is both a

    meditation on grief and a road map to healing. It’s inspired by the dark delusion of the Trump

    years and the loneliness and uncertainty of the pandemic, yes, but also colored by the hope and

    connection Morton felt while marching in massive racial justice protests in his native Portland.

    “The songs are about people,” Morton writes. “The space between them and the ordinary,

    miraculous things that happen there, as we come into contact, imitate each other, leave our

    marks, lose touch. Being self and other somehow amounting to the same thing.”

     

    For those of us keeping count, three houses feature prominently on this record. All of them are

    approached with trepidation and all of them contain revelations: A trivial memory with

    immeasurable weight; an old friend who needs a lifeline; a piano that begs to be played. It’s not

    always clear if these spaces are real or imagined. It’s also not clear if any of the deliverance

    found in them will be permanent. It’s on a train ride through the midwest where Morton feels

    most bullish. “I’ll find the sacred buried in me,” he promises on “Empire Builder.” “And I will cut it

    out while everyone is watching.”

     

    Then, like a sneaker wave rolling quietly back out to sea, he tempers the melodrama. “It will not

    be enough.”

     

    That’s how Typhoon walks the fine line between giving up and starting over: Morton has never

    promised a happy ending, but on Sympathetic Magic he reminds us that when there’s even a

    slight chance of redemption, it’s a chance worth taking. That’s the central gift of a

    post-apocalypse record that finds Typhoon stacking gallows humor next to a legitimately aching

    love for humanity, and it’s what this band has always done so well: stitched the smallest

    personal tragedies, unforgotten and honored, into a universe-sized quilt. I can’t think of a more

    useful skill in this relentless moment, where we so often want to forget ourselves--or worse yet,

    give up on ourselves--because the world is just too goddamn much.

     

    “Welcome to the Endgame” finishes the record, and a silver lining it is not--more of a fight song

    for the spiritually exhausted. But it does end with a promise of solidarity that, for me, is sweeter

    than any bullshit happy ending.

     

    “Here we go into the cauldron,” Morton says. “I’ll see you on the other side.”

     

    -Casey Jarman

     

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The Crocodile Presents:

Typhoon

Fri Feb 18 2022 6:00 PM

The Crocodile Seattle WA
Typhoon

$25.00 Ages 21+

Typhoon

Typhoon

Indie Rock

The first time I saw Typhoon, around 2006, they looked like the kids from Lord of the Flies after

a few weeks on the island. Unkempt, new to the big city, exploding with excitement to play for

anyone, anywhere. In basements and back-room all-ages clubs that might as well have been

basements, they already knew how to rattle bones, jerk tears and turn stomachs--that all came

Naturally.

 

I don’t know how self-aware they were then. I don’t know if they really knew the power of the

sheer spectacle of ten kids flooding a space like an uprising of feral choir students. I know they

didn’t seem too self-assured. During the quiet parts they would sway against each other, some

biting their lips and some staring at their shoes while frontman Kyle Morton strummed a guitar

half his size. Nervous jokes were often cracked amongst the horn section. And then the chorus

would hit and they would intuitively become this single, heart-rending noise that didn’t sound like

anything else. More metal than all but the gnarliest metal; still sweet and unflinchingly honest.

They weren’t kids in those moments, they were pure weaponized humanity.

 

For a long time I thought the secret ingredient was youth--that the urgency of being 19 and

having something to say just permeated Typhoon’s songs and made them feel vital. They were,

after all, the kids who couldn’t get enough. They were the kids you’d see cross-legged in the

front row of the Mount Eerie show, wide-eyed. But Typhoon has grown up without letting go of

their earnesty or their urgency. The band has gotten smarter, sharper, less reliant on spectacle.

Typhoon has pared down a bit (eight members at last count), though old members still make

appearances onstage and are often strewn about the green room after hometown shows, when

shows aren’t so hard to come by.

 

As time has gone by, Kyle Morton has slowly become one of his generation’s most profound

and nuanced songwriters. He has also learned how to run a band that once seemed

unmanageable. Typhoon’s secret instrument of hearts and hollers bubbling up in loose unison,

though, that still works just the same way. Maybe it works because this band is still interrogating

the same complicated hallways of the human heart that it started with.

 

Typhoon songs are, overwhelmingly, about the human tendency to confuse the things that

possess us for the things we possess. They are about the impossibility of home, even as

physical houses feature so prominently in Morton’s songs: dying on the kitchen floor, an idyllic

cabin where small monsters lay in wait, the long hallways of the devil’s mansion (I told you this

band was metal). In ever more ambitious fashion, Typhoon asks why it’s so hard to find our

place, why our lot is never large enough. Honestly, the answer keeps getting darker. Lucky for

us, Typhoon keeps a light on.

 

In 2018, ahead of the curve as usual, Typhoon released an apocalypse album. The ambitious

double-LP Offerings found Morton writing about senility, the most terrifying thing he could

imagine. It was the darkest and most difficult Typhoon record, if ultimately the most rewarding

for longtime listeners. It was also much bigger than personal narrative: Offerings was as much

about a world and a country forgetting their virtues as it was about our narrator losing his mind.

 

Now in the midst of an actual apocalypse, Typhoon finds themselves ahead of the times once

more. Sympathetic Magic, first tracked in the basement home studio Morton built while isolating

with his wife and dog, then fleshed-out piecemeal with socially distanced bandmates, is both a

meditation on grief and a road map to healing. It’s inspired by the dark delusion of the Trump

years and the loneliness and uncertainty of the pandemic, yes, but also colored by the hope and

connection Morton felt while marching in massive racial justice protests in his native Portland.

“The songs are about people,” Morton writes. “The space between them and the ordinary,

miraculous things that happen there, as we come into contact, imitate each other, leave our

marks, lose touch. Being self and other somehow amounting to the same thing.”

 

For those of us keeping count, three houses feature prominently on this record. All of them are

approached with trepidation and all of them contain revelations: A trivial memory with

immeasurable weight; an old friend who needs a lifeline; a piano that begs to be played. It’s not

always clear if these spaces are real or imagined. It’s also not clear if any of the deliverance

found in them will be permanent. It’s on a train ride through the midwest where Morton feels

most bullish. “I’ll find the sacred buried in me,” he promises on “Empire Builder.” “And I will cut it

out while everyone is watching.”

 

Then, like a sneaker wave rolling quietly back out to sea, he tempers the melodrama. “It will not

be enough.”

 

That’s how Typhoon walks the fine line between giving up and starting over: Morton has never

promised a happy ending, but on Sympathetic Magic he reminds us that when there’s even a

slight chance of redemption, it’s a chance worth taking. That’s the central gift of a

post-apocalypse record that finds Typhoon stacking gallows humor next to a legitimately aching

love for humanity, and it’s what this band has always done so well: stitched the smallest

personal tragedies, unforgotten and honored, into a universe-sized quilt. I can’t think of a more

useful skill in this relentless moment, where we so often want to forget ourselves--or worse yet,

give up on ourselves--because the world is just too goddamn much.

 

“Welcome to the Endgame” finishes the record, and a silver lining it is not--more of a fight song

for the spiritually exhausted. But it does end with a promise of solidarity that, for me, is sweeter

than any bullshit happy ending.

 

“Here we go into the cauldron,” Morton says. “I’ll see you on the other side.”

 

-Casey Jarman

 

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Complete the security check.

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Ages 21+
limit 8 per person
General Admission
Public On-Sale
$25.00

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Terms & Conditions

This event is 21 and over. Any Ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 21 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund. In an effort to keep everyone entering our establishment safe, The Crocodile is requiring that patrons show proof of full covid-19 vaccination or a negative covid-19 test within 48hrs from the time of entry into the venue. Additionally, The Crocodile is requiring that all performing artists also meet the above safety criteria. We will also be adhering to any state safety requirements that may be mandated at the time.