I got a CD the other day that I am really digging. They’re a new local band called Sneaky Thieves and the album, called Accident(s), is being released in July. The best part about it is that it’s not something I would typically like. I know that sounds bad, but I mean it in the best way possible. If you’ve ever listened my shows, you know I like it upbeat. No matter what the genre, I tend to lean towards the “get me movin'” music.
It takes a very special kind of sound to draw me in to a record that’s really mellow. And you know how it goes, there’s just a certain mood you have to be in to really settle into listening to something quiet and emotional. Some of the artists who I think have done it very well and have definitely won me over are Jeff Buckley, Jose Gonzales, Shawn Smith, Marc Olsen and Zero 7 (there’s a lot more to that list, but I am not going to bore you with lists).
Sneaky Thieves have done it very well. The production on the record is stellar and from what I understand, that’s thanks to Jeramy Koepping of another great local band, Voyager One. The songs pull the listener in with very personal lyrics, interesting song arrangements, atmospheric ambiance and pure emotion in singer Freddy Bales voice. At times he sounds a bit like Jeff Buckley, at other times his voice is dark and haunting. He’s always captivating and his range is impressive.
Aside from the typical band set up (guitar, drums, bass, vox), they’ve mixed in dobro, banjo, pedal steel, accordian, clarinet, piano and violin as well. I highly recommend a listen in the headphones. I’m excited to get the chance to see them live…they have a few shows coming up, so I need to put it on my calendar. I hope you’ll take the time to check them out. Have a listen…
I’m hosting Audioasis tonight and am very much looking forward to it. Another fantastic local band, The Elephants will be playing live at 6pm and legendary Seattle producer Jack Endino will be in at 7pm to chat about some under-the-radar local music he’s diggin’ on.
You know, I have to say, it’s a bit surreal to realize that I’m having conversations with Jack Endino about coming onto the show. Jack fucking Endino people! I have huge respect for this man as a producer and have loved SO many records that he’s made happen. It’s pretty amazing to realize that I get to sit down with him to shoot the shit about music. Incredibly humbling and yet one more reason that I feel so thankful to be a part of KEXP.
It’s going to be a really fun weekend and I hope that whatever your Memorial Day plans are, that you’ll have your radio tuned to KEXP!
Oh and one final thought, NEXT Saturday, we (Audioasis) are live at the High Dive! These shows sell out, so get your tickets and I’ll see you there!Thanks for supporting local music!
‘Till next time….