by Gary Miller
Although I’m not sure how my editors feel about it, I don’t always feel the need for my posts here to be related to any particular current event — a show, a festival, an album release, etc. So, this is one of those posts that serves simply to help make people more aware of a particular artist just because they’re good. The artist in this instance is Steve Pearson.
If you’ve been around the Seattle music scene for a long time or are just particularly tuned into the local powerpop world, Steve’s name might sound familiar. If not, you might be a bit more atuned to the name of his well-respected 1970s/1980s Seattle outfit, The Heats (aka the Heaters). They were bar scene gods and also played on some high-profile tours with the likes of Heart and The Knack. I love this photo of them playing an arena on one of those tours.
Here’s a video of The Heats back in the day.
But, you don’t have to only live in the past to enjoy some of Steve’s music. In fact, he’s still actively making music and playing shows with his current group British Racing Green. Although British Racing Green is a touch more mellow and draws on a few folkier influences, it’s still got a great pop sound (think The Byrds mixed with some Tom Petty) that you should go hear. In fact, several tunes are downloadable on their MySpace page. So, you can grab some to go, as well.
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.