Bumbershoot Preview: Head Like A Kite

photo by James Bailey

photo by James Bailey

by Chris Estey

Head Like A Kite’s Dave Einmo gives us the best of both worlds: With his musical comrades he creates perfectly sound-designed art-rock records that just get better with each play; and when he turns up with Trent Moorman and fellow artists like Graig Markel and Zera Marvel live, it’s a Stones-on-ecstasy soul revue, getting people involved in the rhythm as they freak at the noise.

The new HLAK single, “Thrones of Glory” is coming out September 22 on iTunes. Boom Bip (Neon Blue) and Asya from Smoosh guest on it — but it’s your guess as well as mine who else will be joining Dave and Trent at 9:15 PM on Monday, September 7 at the EMP/SFM Sky Church.

Head Like A Kite has been featured on MTV2, NPR and has toured the US and Japan. The last album charted in the CMJ Top 50, hitting number one on KEXP and elsewhere. A great story from Trent Moorman’s POV can be found in last week’s Stranger. Here’s Dave’s description of the new track, which I am going to guess will be featured in their festival performance: “Transfusing the melodic timbre of The Postal Service and the eclectic mashups of Hot Chip with the springy guitars of Sonic Youth by way of Guided by Voices, HLAK’s “Thrones of Glory” is a sunny bliptronic indie popper.”

Head Like A Kite’s 2006 debut Random Portraits of the Home Movie, was constructed from samples of Super-8 home movies from the 70s. The success of the album led to tours of the US and Japan and an appearance on MTV2’s “On The Rise” and NPR’s Weekend America. Head Like A Kite then recorded for LA-based electronic label Mush, There Is Loud Laughter Everywhere. There is a full-length Head Like a Kite release planned for March, 2010.

For Seattle indie-electronic music fans who haven’t been able to catch them, and wonder where Seattle’s version of a band as strong as LCD Soundsystem might be playing out, close out the festival with HLAK, one of my very favorite bands ever.

Head Like A Kite – She’s Wearing That Costume (Live at KEXP)

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