If you haven’t yet heard of Y La Bamba, then SHAME ON YOU! because they’re one of the Pacific Northwest’s most valuable gems in the music scene of the last two years and this year’s album “Court the Storm” is a must-have if you happen to be proud of your eclectic music collection.
Eventful.com: “With their new album, ‘Court the Storm’, Portland OR’s Y La Bamba return with a haunting second full-length of delicately crafted art folk. ‘The voice is most effective when it’s indistinguishable from the emotion of the lyric as well as the drama of the rhythm and chords’ says NPR’s Felix Contreras when discussing Y La Bamba’s stunning front-woman, adding ‘…Luz Elena Mendoza stands very near the front of this pack.’ On ‘Court the Storm’, these ethereal vocals combine with bittersweet melodies and thrumming Latin-inspired rhythms to form an indie pop masterpiece.”
NPR: “Mendoza’s voice seemed otherworldly…It is light and ethereal yet seemingly tortured — she sings with deep emotion, if not pain.”
Paper Bird’s live performances showcase the diversity and good-time vibe of the group while providing a fresh and unique take on a sound that has a tendency to bring the listener back to a different era. Young in age but timeless in spirit, Paper Bird continually captures the hearts of new listeners and long-time fans. Their rare and beautiful approach to music led them to be featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and were voted in the Top 10 Best Underground Bands by the Denver Post three years in a row, as well as being 5280’s Top of the Town 2009 “Top Local Band” in Denver, CO.
And then there’s us:
& Yet has grand plans to turn our focus inward for the remainder of the year, to get into the recording studio and create for you a six-track EP, in time for release at the top of 2013. This is our last show on the books for awhile until we have that goal, which has been in development for some time, accomplished.
Come out an support an incredible bill put on at The Crocodile in Seattle, WA. We guarantee it will be the best decision of your Thursday.
This will be the album release show for Let’s Get Lost‘s album “House of Cards” (click here to listen to a sample). Described as ‘vintage pop,’ Let’s get lost is an amalgamation of catchy melody and pulsing rhythm. The release of “House of Cards” is sure to appeal to your pop sensibilities. You’ll want a copy as bad as I do.
Friends and Family and The Hoot Hoots are sure to satisfy as well. I saw Friends and Family play at the Tractor some months back. Their stage presence was inspiring and their energy contagious. I was on a date, so I tried to play it cool and act like I wasn’t that into it. You know, to impress the girl with my apathy towards everything. Unfortunately, I ended up making a fool of myself on the dance floor and never saw that woman again.
“Power pop quartet The Hoot Hoots know how to have fun, and their newest release Appetite for Distraction proves it. Their second full-length album of the year is rife with singsong choruses, idyllic imagery and enough peppy riffing to keep listeners feeling fuzzy long after the last track has finished.”
– The Deli Seattle Magazine
Also, in my impressively level-headed and unbiased opinion, & Yet will come out ready to impress. The self actualization of this project is right around the corner as our delicate and dramatic pieces strive to send shivers down your spine with poignant depth and harmonic intricacy.
-Jonathan (of & Yet)
This coming Tuesday night, September 11th, & Yet is performing with the up and coming indie/rock group: Mercies, who are on tour all the way from Connecticut and locally acclaimed pop/rock band The Balloons at the High Dive in Fremont. The show starts at 8:00. Come enjoy an evening in the naturally hip and self-interested Fremont, quaff a tasty beer and relish a tasteful collection of intricate melodies.
“Tucked in the woods of northern Connecticut is the barn/recording studio/rehearsal space that Mercies calls home. Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Josh Rheault, with the help of his family and friends, restored the barn in the Fall and Winter of 2010/2011. Not only were 2×4′s cut, concrete poured, and electricity run, but Mercies found its humble beginnings through this restoration process.
While living in Los Angeles for several years and extensively touring/recording with his previous band, Josh’s desire to pursue his own avenue of expression as a songwriter began to come to life. When he returned home to Connecticut after going through these seminal experiences in L.A., the restoration of the old tobacco barn ensued, as early demos were recorded and plans for a full length emerged. Joined by friend, collaborator, and drummer Sammy Dent, the duo spent the Fall and Winter of 2010/2011 recording the album Three Thousand Days in the space now simply and affectionately referred to as “The Barn.”
The foundation of Three Thousand Days is deeply personal, yet presents easily relatable lyrics sung with powerful and memorable melodies. The album is colored with a homemade quality, an attention to detail, and a sonic exploration that was directly inspired by the place it was recorded. Quite simply, Three Thousand Days is “one of those releases that engages [you] within a few bars; immediately feeling like something special. Something important. Something to keep around, something to tell your best friends about.” (My Old Kentucky Blog)
Not wasting any time, Josh and Sammy, now joined by bassist Jordan Flower, have already begun to write material for their next full-length album. In addition, they will be releasing an EP titled The Ballet in March 2012 containing some new material, some reworked material, and their music for a ballet commissioned by The Charlottesville Ballet in Charlottesville, Virginia.
With their sights set on more collaboration with dance companies, other multimedia projects, scoring films, and touring to support Three Thousand Days, the future is looking bright for the ambitious trio.”
& Yet has a fantastic opportunity just around the corner. We’re performing with Shannon Stephens, Tomo Nakayama of Grand Hallway, and J. Wong at the Triple Door in Seattle next Tuesday, Aug 28th, as part of J. Wong’s singer-songwriter showcase. The Doors will be opening at 6:30 and it will cost you $8. Buy tickets here or at the door. All Ages.
The Triple Door is on of Seattle’s most reputable venues. According to Seattle Weekly: “The Triple Door’s gorgeous, stately main stage might just be the best place in town to catch a show.” It’s certainly the best place to catch & Yet on August 28th.
Smooth, sultry, melodic tones will seep through the walls into Seattle’s city streets during these musical sets as each artist poetically unpacks their take on the human condition. Don’t miss it.
The Triple Door 216 Union St. Seattle, WA 98101