KEXP and Seattle Center’s Concerts at the Mural series continues! Every Friday in August, KEXP and Seattle Center are hosting a free concert at the Mural Amphitheater, featuring different bands and artists that frequent the KEXP airwaves. Each week, doors open at 5PM, with music starting at 6PM. The events are all-ages, with a 21+ beer garden and street food provided by Skillet. This Friday, the festivities continue with Seapony, Gold Leaves, and Math and Physics Club.
Seattle locals Seapony fuse 80’s fuzz pop with the classic indie rock vibe of the 90’s, a combination that’ll make fans of Beat Happening jangle with newfound aplomb. The band’s debut full-length, Go With Me, is a collection of two-minute lo-fi dreamy surf pop songs that exude innocent sincerity and exuberance. The band’s ascent to cult fame has been rapid; after posting a handful of demos on Bandcamp last year, the trio caught the attention of UK label Double Denim, and subsequently released a 7-inch single. The rest is history. Earlier this year, the band signed to Sub Pop imprint Hardly Art, and have proceeded to play shows with La Sera, the Love Language, Kisses, and Pains of Being Pure At Heart.
Sharing the stage on Friday with Seapony is fellow Hardly Art labelmate Gold Leaves, real name Grant Olsen. Perhaps better known for his work as half of the duo Arthur & Yu, Gold Leaves nonetheless has all the ingredients for a captivating performance, with debut LP The Ornament oozing hints of doo-wop throughout its homemade aesthetic. Also adding to the basement-record vibe are contributions from his friends, notably vocal talent from Thao Nguyen (of Thao with the Get Down Stay Down) and The Moondoggies, percussion from Ben McDonnel (Beach House, Brightback Morning Light), and producer Jason Quever (Papercuts). The result is an eccentric DIY romp through the emotional state of transition.
Gold Leaves – “The Ornament” (MP3)
Indie pop stalwarts Math and Physics Club coalesced in 2004, and the trio’s had nothing but success ever since. Their particular brand of twee has been described as “music to hold hands to,” and the band is often associated with labelmates The Lucksmiths. Both guitarists Charles Bert and James Werle grew up in Olympia, the birthplace of K Records and Kill Rock Stars, and the thriving local music scene definitely had an effect. Sonically, the band’s descended from the C86 era, driven by influences from the likes of The Smiths, The Posies, and Belle and Sebastian. It’s these qualities that make the Club so easy to join, along with catchy harmonies and toe-tapping riffs.