Hood To Hood Ballard: Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band

photos by Brittney Bollay and Dave Lichterman

It’s 5:35pm at KEXP’s Ballard Day broadcast for Hood to Hood 2012 and everybody has but one question on our minds:  Where is the drummer? Just when it looks like the final act may not happen, the indie quartet Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band triumphantly takes the stage to close out the day.

A month ago, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band released a great trailer for their new Prehistory EP, which will be released at the beginning of June. Now, the band is back at it, playing here at Hood To Hood and playing again at Columbia City Theater on Friday, June 1, for the EP’s release party (tickets here). The band has been bringing Seattle fantastic and thought-provoking music since 2008 and it doesn’t look like anything is going to change here.  It’s hard to pin Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band down to one genre. At times (like in “Warm Body” above), Benjamin Verdoes is on his own, singing simple, heart-felt songs of love and loss.  At other times, the band has the full-bodied energy of bands like Arcade Fire and Fanfarlo.  But amongst an eclectic collection of sounds, the songwriting remains consistent, and the band’s live presence shows the passion they hold for their craft.

Scores of KEXP volunteers and listeners were in attendance as MSHVB played their first show in a year following a set of strenuous circumstances.    Those used to the frenetic and manic energy of their earlier records will find the new material off of their new EP, Prehistory, more reflective and personal, sounding like a mixture of Modest Mouse and Radiohead.  As evidenced by the nearly packed street corner, those on hand were just pleasantly relieved that one of Seattle’s favorite bands is back and on the grind.

Thanks again for keeping up with the festivities all day and for more info on tonights further festivities, please again consult the schedule for KEXP Hood to Hood Ballard.

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One Comment

  1. Maggie
    Posted May 20, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Do you have other pictures from the hood to hood day? A kexp photographer snapped one of my friends and I and I would like to see it!


    And thanks for putting on a such a great event!

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