Every Friday, we deliver a different song from a Northwest performer as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is
Zero Gravity by The Transmissionary Six from the 2008 album Cosmonautical on Tarnished Records.
Terri Moeller (vocals/percussion) and Paul Austin (multi-instrumentalist) both come from roots-influenced backgrounds and have had much success along the way. Moeller is still the drummer for the famed Walkabouts, and Austin previously contributed to the gothic folk of the Willard Grant Conspiracy. It’s no surprise then that they continue to use country guitar lines and the more-than-occasional twang. Although Cosmonautical, the band’s 5th release, has a bit more pop than their previous material, their stronghold on melancholy in the vein of Mazzy Star is as present as ever. Mixer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Jesse Sykes) has assisted TS recordings for some time now and here achieves the perfect balance of crisp sounds and unchecked spontaneity that fills these tracks to the brim with emotional intensity. After having appeared in 16 countries (they wryly claim to be HUGE in Slovenia!), TS is still proud to call Seattle home. Tune your dial to 90.3 on March 6th as the band performs in our studio live@3pm. Also, their record-release show is going down 3/7 at the Sunset, a performance that is sure to include guest musicians. Pick up a copy of the album via their MySpace page, and don’t pass up this brand new video for