Last week DJ Lisa Wood hosted great sets from promising Seattle hip-hop artist Grynch and Portland punk band My Life in Black in White. The whole show can be retraced on our Streaming Archive and their respective photo sets, courtesy of Nathan Howard, can be viewed here and here.
This Memorial Day Weekend, for those of you avoiding Sasquatch and Folklife or are unable to attend, DJ Abe Beeson has got you covered. Featured on the show this week are Seattle’s Spanish for 100 and Bellingham/Seattle transients Yes, Oh Yes.
photo by Gregory A. Perez
Spanish for 100 (6PM) formed in 2002 after each member tired of their respective projects, each wishing to fulfill a desire for a new creative direction. Aaron Starkey left the Midwest and hooked up with former Preston Mill members Corey Passons and Ross McGilvray. It wasn’t until 2006 that the band stumbled upon drummer Chris Crumpler, rounding out their current lineup. But from the get go, the promise of this band’s powerful Built to Spill-influenced guitar riffs and no nonsense vocal delivery attracted the attention of producer extraordinaire Phil Ek (The Shins, Band of Horses). That promise has led to three solid albums with a fourth well on its way. The band will be touring the second half of June, primarily in the greater Midwest, but the locals can catch them at this year’s Georgetown Music Fest.
photo by Gunther Jose Frank
Yes, Oh Yes (8PM), a quartet that came together while attending university in Bellingham, lists themselves as melodramatic pop. While melodramatic may be a stretch, their output shows a command of different guitar and vocal textures. They’ve employed clean, slower melodies to great effect and have no problem cranking it up a notch, loading a track with fuzz, and pushing vocal cords to the limit. Primarily easygoing pop, YOY wield all the rock ‘n’ roll tools to make them essential listening material, both now and certainly in the future. They are also currently on tour, soon to head down the West Coast. Enjoy your extended weekend — we’ll see you next week.