Now that we’re all plenty recovered from last weekend’s Sub Pop buffet and two great performances on this show from Born Anchors and Past Lives, we can adequately look forward to this week’s show, promising great sets from Battle Hymns and Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band. Remember, you can always listen to the previous week’s show by visiting our nifty streaming archive. Hosting in place of Hannah Levin this week is the inimitable DJ Sharlese.
photo from Josh (Sound on the Sound)
Battle Hymns (6PM) last appeared on our show a little over a month ago, followed just a few hours later by a performance at the High Dive. On their debut, Hidden Reservations, the duo of Cameron Elliott and Jack Peters explore the dangers of
bottling emotions among other things. Musically, they let it all hang out, brandishing their audible knives and shaking listener’s perceptions like angry fists. Cut through the angst and you come up with some amazing Southern rock riffs and Elliott’s grave and engaging delivery. In addition to the band’s show this week, Elliott gives a solo performance Wednesday 7/23 @ Nectar with Swaybacks and Pablo Trucker.
photo by Eric Gonzalez
Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band (8PM) is primarily the former members of another Seattle band, In Praise of Folly. Much like their former band, MSHVB are attracted to wall-of-sound songwriting, utilizing all five members to project shimmering pop/rock with bits of aggro waiting in the wings. Their first recording, Weepy EP, is expected in the not too distant future and carries with it many a sound in relation to Wolf Parade, utilizing similar instrumentation to achieve equally high-energy anthems. Perhaps most interesting about the band is how they’ve marketed themselves. It all began a few months back with no music, only homemade videos, which quickly caught the attention of folks over at Line Out. MSHVB’s first big gig, besides our show, of course, is coming up 7/31 @ Neumos with BOAT and Awesome.