Rock n’ Roll Pest Control: The Air Is Ripe

PRIS live at Studio 7 on 5/16/07
photo by Allison Harger

There must be something in the early winter air, as a half-dozen or more Seattle powerpop bands are recording as I type. Off the top of my head, those either prepping for or doing some recording right now include Young Sportsmen, The Small Change, The Riffbrokers, Central Services, and Shake Some Action. That means you should hang onto any spare xmas cash you get until early 2008.

Speaking of The Small Change, if you have high tolerance for distorted audio, you can see some Small Change video footage on YouTube (from my own blog’s anniversary show back in June). But, why settle for distorted video when you can catch their manic and melodic live show on Saturday, December 1 at the Tractor Tavern with Massey Ferguson, whose online video is much more crisp and clear.

Another show coming up in the next few days worth your hard earned money is at the Crocodile on Tuesday, December 4. The group is called Kiss Her For The Kid, and I’m totally digging their latest release Prettier Than Me. It’s more retro indierock than powerpop, but I’ve never been a genre purist. I hear an unusual hodgepodge of The Go-Gos, The B-52s and Siouxsie and the Banshees mixed with more recent indierockers like Pretty Girls Make Graves.

I recently received the new EP from PRIS, which is essentially a one-man band in the studio – one Burke Thomas. The EP is the American release of a full-length album released in Japan by Powerpop Academy, and it’s a great slice of well-produced, radio-friendly powerpop. Even thought it’s apparently selling like hotcakes in Japan, the disc doesn’t seem to be getting much attention locally. I say buck that trend, kiddo. Go pick it up and tell your friends.

Gary Miller runs the Seattle Powerpop Blog, which focuses on all things powerpop in the Pacific Northwest. SPB features album reviews, recommended shows, videos, mp3s and more.

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