photo from MySpace
Imagine if Bauhaus and Depeche Mode went on a tour together. The resulting sound blending and coming out of the venues would sound like Seattle band Blicky. Glance over at their MySpace, and you’ll find they credit the two influential bands as having a pull on their styles, among many other electronic, industrial, and psychedelic groups. Blicky blends these influences to create soaring guitars over deep bass lines and doubled vocals with 80s new wave keyboard style. A great sample of their bass muscles is in the opening of “Idol.” “Fight Fight!” is a testament of calculated programming and keys skills. In all accounts, the best piece of their debut album, Posthumous, is “Driver.” A distant guitar loop starts the song, which soon bursts into danceable but not in your face electronics. The vocals are very much in the style of Bauhaus, overlapping singing with deeper, almost spoken undertones. Placed throughout are tidbits of vocal samples and guitar workings. The song is quite haunting.
A further perusal of their blog reveals details of their first release. Taking two days to lay down the groundwork and six months to complete, 11 months went by before it was finally finished, this past September. Ballard Magnetic Studios was where all the magic happened, run by a member of fellow Beep Repaired band the Bismarck. Another BP alum, Josh Englehardt, is given heavy credit for his hand on the creation.
Where has this band been hiding in the nooks and crannies of Seattle? I don’t know, but perhaps stopping by their site and checking them out, maybe picking up Posthumous will bring them out of the woodwork.