Live Review: Audioasis benefit show @ Sunset Tavern 3/6

photos by William Brody

photos by William Brody

Last Saturday night, four local bands gathered together to stand up and support an organization working to fight the spread of infectious disease and educate the community about safer drug use. On this fifth anniversary show of KEXP’s Audioasis Community Partnership Program, The Whore Moans, The Cute Lepers, The Spinning Whips and Afternoon American all shared the stage at Ballard’s Sunset Tavern and rocked the night with amazing performances, sharing their passion for music and their enthusiasm with the crowd, who sang and danced along.

Hannah Levin, host of the KEXP’s Audioasis, said a few emotive words while presenting the bands, expressing how important and meaningful the work of People’s Harm Reduction Alliance is and invited the audience to contribute if they could.

Opening the night with the first set, Afternoon American warmed up the audience. Formed by members from The Hands and The Shark Lake, and performing one of their first shows, the band showed great promise, obtaining a great response from the crowd. Next were The Spinning Whips, indie locals whose modern-southern rock is filled with tons of energy and great composition, combining each member’s particular way of playing. The vintage, fashionable Cute Lepers were next, adding a bit more punk to the mix and making everyone stand up from their chairs. Closing the night were other punk-rock locals, The Whore Moans, who truly connected with the audience, transmitting their energy to all the fanatics who got together to enjoy the magnificent harmony of this band. Everybody in the audience had no choice but to follow the fantastic rock beat, and all the local rockers communicated how much they enjoyed being on stage because it is what they love doing the most.

Although adrenaline flowed freely in that crowded space, the emotion of solidarity took a very important part during the show, where the bands expressed how meaningful was for them helping this cause. Members from The Spinning Whips said that to them, music is community, making this occasion special, bringing people together, to help People’s Harm Reduction Alliance. With a good spirit, the band showed their excitement to contribute, adding that being part of this event is a way to express the love for music-making and the positive energy they get by performing on stage. The Whore Moans also expressed their satisfaction after being part of the show. Nick Anderson, Jonny Henningson, Ryan Devlin and Jason Kilgor told us that this show was significant because to them, making music, is not only sharing the joy of performing live, but it’s also about giving back to the community. In fact, drummer Jason Kilgor has been part of People’s Harm Reduction Alliance for several years now, and he says that doing the two things he loves the most — making music and contributing to the community — is what inspires him and gives him the vigor to perform.

PHRA Executive Director, Shilo Murphy, also spoke about how significant this human rights organization was for him. He added that being part of it was to seek action and stop the struggle of those who die in vain and those who harm themselves overdosing.

For more information about People’s Harm Reduction Alliance visit:

Afternoon American:

The Spinning Whips:

The Cute Lepers:

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