Show Preview: Headlights @ Sunset Tavern 11/8


photo by Justine Bursoni

Headlining the Sunset Tavern in Ballard this Sunday, with Anni Rossi, and Pomegranates, Headlights, quite possibly one of the most underrated bands of recent times, are back to woo Seattle once again. The Champaign, Illinois, trio have been making consistently solid and genuine indie pop albums since their debut in 2005. Headlining at the Nectar Lounge this past April brought only a thin crowd, but just a month later in May, they opened for Loney, Dear at The Crocodile and dazzled with the witty dynamic of a group of hard-working old friends who have been touring nonstop, and having a great time doing it.

Out of a farmhouse in the Midwest, the original trio of Erin Fein, on keyboard, Tristan Wraight, on guitars, and Brett Sanderson on drums recorded the Enemies EP, and two LPs. Now with bassist Nick Sanborn, Headlights have just released their third full-length, Wildlife on Polyvinyl Records on October 6 this year.

Fein and Wraight’s vocals are soft and inviting like fresh-baked cookies, and with their beautifully intertwining vocals, they deliver poignant and personal lyrics over deceitfully upbeat melodies. “Cherry Tulips” is hosed in off-putting “Pleasantville” perfection and brings to mind a soft-focus dream that takes place during a 1960s backyard tiki party, and “TV”‘ takes the reigns with a simple guitar riff and drives you away building into an anthemic ride about distrust in the media.

Discovery is right around the corner, and for only $10 it’s not a bad way to spend a rainy Sunday. Show begins at 9pm at The Sunset Tavern located at 5433 Ballard Avenue NW.

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