Sat May 5 2018
9:00 PM (Doors 8:30 PM)
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The Tripwires, The Pop Cycle
Seattle's The Tripwires are sitting on a goldmine- four time tested, plucky vets of the Seattle "Big Beat" situation. Way back in 2006; John Ramberg, voice and guitar for The Model Rockets and The Minus 5 managed to corral the incomparable Sangster brothers for a blistering new rock'n'roll combination.
Jim Sangster holds down the thunderbroom (and How!) in the legendary Young Fresh Fellows, and also served mightily behind the regular guitar with The Picketts. Brother Johnny, ear popping lead guitarist, formerly with European fist pumpers The Sharing Patrol among many others, moved back stateside in the late nineties and began an illustrious career as a recordist. Friend and fellow groover Mark Pickerel, he of The Screaming Trees, came along on traps, much to their delight.
Two fine albums followed, "Makes You Look Around" released in 2007 on the Paisley Pop label, and 2010's "House To House" on Spark and Shine. The band has graced many a beer soaked northwest stage, never failing to share their special brand of "get high" with the delighted throngs.
2012 brought a new wrinkle into the band's workshirts. After parting amicably with the impeccable Pickerel, the combo lucked into a new skinsman; none other than the great Dan Peters of Seattle fuzz royalty Mudhoney. Still having a blast and sounding ship shape as ever, The Tripwires are ready to roll you.
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.
The Tripwires, The Pop Cycle
Sat May 5 2018 9:00 PM
(Doors 8:30 PM)