This week we have a very special show in honor of the upcoming Sub Pop 20th Anniversary Festival. DJ Abe Beeson hosts this week alongside Sub Pop co-owner and former Audioasis DJ Jonathan Poneman. Beyond highly anticipated sets from Swallow and Love Battery, who knows what these two musical encyclopedias will bring to this week’s show.
Vogue circa 1990
Swallow (6PM), formed in 1987, was among the first bands signed to Sub Pop. Before the grunge era really got going, they showed an amazing ability to mix heavy distortion, scratchy howls and distinct pop sensibilities. Problems in and outside of the band, including the refusal of Sub Pop to release their third album, led to their breakup in ’92. However, a few successful reunion shows in ’06 got the attention of Seattle’s Flotation Records, who have since released the long-unreleased album, Teach Your Bird to Sing. I can’t think of a much better way to kick off the SP20 festivities than to hear these guys live in the studio followed by a full show at The Funhouse.
Love Battery (8PM), another pioneering act of the Sub Pop label, formed in 1989, naming themselves after a Buzzcocks’ song. After delivering consistent psych-soaked grunge for years on the Sub Pop label, including ’92s stellar Dayglo album, Love Battery went on to record strong efforts for Atlas and C/Z Records. With a few lulls here and there, the band has been pretty active since their formation, and while they’ve gone through many personnel changes over the years, the current lineup is the original aside from ex-Posies and Fastbacks drummer Mike Musburger. Let the guitar fury commence, and if you haven’t already done so, get your tickets now for SP20.