Hood to Hood West Seattle: The Tripwires

photos by Jim Bennett

photos by Jim Bennett

Seattle rockers, the Tripwires, are no strangers to the local scene. In the last few years though they’ve struck a chord with their approach to catchy pop rock. Vocalists and guitar players John Ranberg and Johnny Sangter’s soulful rasps accompanied by dance paced drums and bass pave the way for their propulsive force of sheer rock. Their songs beg you to sing along then sit back and enjoy wailing guitar solos and performances full of energy.

The Tripwires sounded right at home launching their show on the stage at West Seattle’s Easy Street Records. With an entire garage door open to the neighborhood street, the front rows brimmed with locals from the outside as the 3:30pm set began. Decked out in blazers and button downs, the band members simultaneously dressed and played to impress. Filling their performance with heartfelt crooning, sassy walking bass lines and driving rock riffs, the public got their heads bopping and toes tapping. Putting an extra emphasis on some downright gorgeous harmonies, the Tripwires showed everyone they not only call to arms the power-chord-centric rawness of a typical guitar band but elegant pop sensibility too.

Throughout the performance it seemed they were constantly picking up the pace--maintaining blistering guitar chops even during the quickest licks and feeding off the energy of an all smiles crowd. While clearly enjoying the small stage together, they joked to each other about the possibility of a wrong note, grinned and carried on delivering hummable tunes in timeless rock ‘n roll tradition.


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