Posts tagged ‘Chop Suey’

March 9, 2015

The Phoenix Rises: Chop Suey Reopens Amid Week of Great Live Music [Week of 3/9]

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Emerald City dwellers, rejoice! After a week chock full of great musical options, our recommendations culminate with the Grand Reopening of Chop Suey in Capitol Hill! We can’t wait to find out if the new owners have stayed true to the original vibe of the venue, but based on the debut lineup, we think the Chop Suey will maintain its superbly gritty underground live music reputation.

The show is already sold out, however. But if you can’t finagle a ticket to the Chop Suey Reopening, you can’t go wrong with any of the other shows we recommend this week.

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January 16, 2015

Have Weekend Plans? Seattle’s Can’t Miss Music for 1/17 & 1/18

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Inevitably after the rush of the holidays there’s a lull in the city. We all need a few days to catch our breaths, remember what it’s like to wake up early for work, and think of creative ways to work off the extra calories we’ve consumed in Christmas cocktails cookies. The music scene tends to fall into a lull as well, knowing full well that music fans will be distracted with merry making outside the music venues.

The good news is that we’ve all made it through the lull and the Emerald City music scene is stirring from its slumber in preparation of the spring tour season. Take, for example, this weekend’s stellar lineup.

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July 1, 2013

Record Breaking Temps and Great Local Music [Week of 7/1]

We’re too hot to make clever jokes about how warm it is in Seattle this week. Not that we’re complaining, of course. But if you feel like venturing out into the city once the sun goes down and things cool off a bit, there are plenty of great musical options this week!

7/2 (Tuesday) Friends & Family, Night Cadet, Rin Tin Tiger @ Chop Suey
Eight-piece local pop collective, who recently funded their debut album with Kickstarter.

7/5 (Friday) The West, Us on Roofs, Roaming Herds of Buffalo, Yonder @ Neumos
Seattle-based synth-tastic tunes headlining at Neumos.

7/6 (Saturday) BOAT @ Comet Tavern
The Tacoma-based kings of sloppy-pop bring their quirky, clever melodies to the Emerald City.

7/7 (Sunday) Hannalee, Damien Jurado @ The Triple Door
A local trio with sweet harmonies and a hint of traditional American folk music with a modern twist.

June 24, 2013

This Week’s Best Bets in Seattle [Week of 6/24]

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This week showcases some of the finest Seattle-based acts playing around the city. In fact, we’re only recommending one non-Seattle act this week, meaning there’s a lot of local music love to be had!

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June 10, 2013

This Week’s Best Shows in Seattle [Week of 6/10]

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As you’re slogging through your Monday, take a moment to grab some tickets to one of this week’s recommended shows. It will make the beginning of your week a LOT more fun!

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March 19, 2013

Best Shows in Seattle This Week [Week of 3/18]

3/19 (Tuesday) – Django Django @ The Neptune Theatre
A revolutionary art-rock band out of the UK that perfectly combines ominous electro-pop hooks with complex harmonies to produce an experimental, psychedelic sound that feels both primitive and polished at the same time.

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January 4, 2013

Breakups, Death and Dance Music: An Interview with PonyHomie

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We’ve written about PonyHomie several times over the past couple years. But today, in honor of the release of their new album, Remable, and their headlining show tonight at Chop Suey, we thought you’d want to hear it straight from the horse’s – err, Pony’s – mouth.

We caught up with Brando Feist, vocalist and synth master for the dark electro-dance trio to learn a little more about the new album, the band’s creative process, and what we can expect to see at the show tonight.

SEA live MUSIC: What can fans expect from the new album, Remable?

Brando: Remable is a bit of an odd record, to be honest. Though many of the songs are very dark lyrically, the melodies are deceptively uplifting. People quite often mistake some of our darkest, saddest songs for love songs or happy tunes. We’re just happy to have people listening and having their own take on these songs that the three of us now know so well.

SLM: Do you guys collaborate on songwriting, or does one of you do most of the heavy lifting?

Brando: Our writing process has always varied… typically I [Brando] will have an idea or a new keyboard effect and show Mike [drummer] and Ramon [bassist], ask them what they think, and take it from there. I usually write lyrics and song structure by myself to really focus on the content. When I feel like the song is completed on my end, I will send it off to the guys to have them start thinking of parts. The hard work starts when we all three put our ideas together to nail down drums and bass parts. Often what Mike and Ramon come up with is nothing close to what I originally envisioned, but I am always happily surprised by the results.

SLM: Where do you draw most of your inspiration from for PonyHomie’s music?

Brando: Lyrically, I typically draw inspiration from loss and sadness, depressingly enough. Loved ones I’ve lost in one way or another. I’ve written about death and made it sound like a breakup, and I’ve written about breakups and made it sound like death. I try to have a sense of ambiguity in my lyrics to let the listeners decide for themselves what they want the song to be. Musically, my inspiration comes from new music. When I hear the latest tracks from my favorite artists, that’s when I am drawn to my keyboard and pushed to write something new.

SLM: Can you tell us a little about the recording process? Did you do all the recording in Seattle?

Brando: All of the recording was done in Seattle. When we originally recorded our demo to send to Scott Colburn (our producer), we figured that he would like to rerecord almost everything for the album. We were very excited that he thought much of what we had sounded great as is, so we decided to focus on turning our demo into a cohesive album. We kept all of the original keyboard parts, recorded in my studio apartment, and many of the bass parts that were recorded at Mike’s house. For the rerecording of the drums and vocals, we headed to Gravelvoice Studio, where Scott helped us finalize our tracks.

SLM: How did you decide to focus on synth, rather than guitar, as the main instrument for the band?

Brando: I had been playing guitar for many years, and had started to lose interest. I was finding it difficult to write new songs that sounded like new songs. I wanted to start focusing on more electronic and dance driven music, mainly because that was what I had been primarily listening to at that time. I purchased the Nord and immediately began writing songs I couldn’t possibly have thought of with guitar. I still love playing guitar, but I continue to base even our most guitar centric songs around the strength of the keyboard.

SLM: You use some really great vocal effects – how did you come up with the right balance?

Brando: I have no idea. There was a lot of tinkering involved. I played with the settings until I found something that sounded great or made me laugh and I stuck with it. If I thought it might work, I used it and didn’t look back.

SLM: Do you have anything special planned for your show at Chop Suey?

Brando: We have a couple of old tricks up our sleeves. They aren’t necessarily things we haven’t done before, but I think people will get a kick out of it.

SLM: If you were to arrange a national tour, who would be your dream bands to play with?

Brando: I’ve thought about this question a lot, and I don’t have a really good answer. I can think of some absolutely amazing bands that I would love to meet and to play shows with, but we wouldn’t necessarily fit on a bill well together. I could write a list, but it would be several pages long…

SLM: What is the story behind the bandannas?

Brando: I wanted a give a sense of anonymity to us as musicians… to let the audience focus on the music and what was being played rather than who was playing it. I never really wanted to be an anonymous band, because that just seemed like far too much work to hide our identities from the friends who were coming to see us play. The first couple shows we played, we kept the bandannas on the whole show, but by now they’ve become more of a symbol for us.

SLM: What music is on heavy rotation for the PonyHomie crew right now?

Brando: Since meeting with Scott Colburn, I’ve been checking out a lot of his other production work. My favorites come from the Portland band Nurses, and Brooklyn based Prince Rama. Both fantastic bands. I also have gotten very into a band called Royal Bangs… their album “Let It Beep” is phenomenal.

1/4 PonyHomie / Redwood Plan / Ever-So-Android / Jabon @ Chop Suey :: Tickets are $8 :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: 21+

December 30, 2012

New Year, New Music! Check out Pickwick and PonyHomie This Week

If you need a good New Year’s Resolution for 2013, we recommend making a commitment to seeing more live music. While good shows tend to be a little more few and far between this time of year than during regular tour seasons, there’s plenty of good music to get you started on the right foot this year. This week alone boasts a couple can’t-miss sets.

Sultry, soulful folk pop with retro sensibilities yet totally modern composition.

If you are still looking for awesome plans for New Year’s Eve, we recommend joining the fun at Showbox with Seattle’s own Pickwick. The unassuming band of boys packs an unexpected punch and will have you on your feet all night as you welcome 2013. The show is expected to sell out, so grab your tickets while you still can.

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Up-and-coming dark dance-pop trio that is finally coming into its own with a fantastic new album featuring psychedelic and house tinges .

You’ve probably seen us tout PonyHomie time and time again. And there’s a good reason for it – they are one of our go-to electro-pop picks. If you have yet to check them out, this is the night to do so. With a brand new album hot off the presses and a sound that has matured like a fine wine over the past couple years, this show will serve as yet another great kick-off to 2013.

For a look ahead at some of the other great shows coming up in the first few months of 2013, be sure to check out our freshly updated calendar.

November 12, 2012

Seattle’s Best Concerts this Week [Nov. 12]

Indie lovers are going to have a hard choice on Friday – but other than that, it’s clear which will be the best shows in the Emerald City this week.

11/14 (Wednesday) – The Octopus Project @ Chop Suey
A playful, hook-laden indie electronica group from Austin, TX.

11/15 (Thursday) – Kris Orlowski @ Tractor Tavern
Thoughtfully crafted local indie pop with intelligent lyrics and occasionally understated, yet often impassioned vocals.

11/16 (Friday) – Ben Gibbard @ The Showbox
One of the biggest names in indie music, frontman of Death Cab for Cutie and collaborator for Postal Service brings his always amazing solo show to the hometown crowd.

11/16 (Friday) – Patrick Watson @ The Crocodile
Passionate, piano-driven indie pop with a larger-than-life stage presence from Montreal.

11/17 (Saturday) – Minus The Bear @ The Showbox
Hometown musical heroes (including former members of Botch, These Arms Are Snakes and Sharks Keep Moving) have wooed crowds since 2001 with their combination of indie, math and experimental rock.

June 7, 2012

Electro-Pop at the Chop! Viper Creek Club’s Noise for the Needy Show

While they’ve remained largely under the radar, Seattle’s own Viper Creek Club has ranked among the top hi-fi dance-pop groups in our book for quite some time. Layering melodic, singable lyrics over trancey and dancey electronic rhythms, the Seattle duo adds excitement to a genre that can often get overly repetitive, predictable and yes, just boring.

If you’re intrigued, head over to Chop Suey to see the Vipers perform under the flying dragon at tonight’s best Noise for the Needy show.

Viper Creek Club “Eliza” from Thomas Price on Vimeo.

6/7 – Viper Creek Club, Glitterbang, Sports, Jupe Jupe @ Chop Suey, Doors at 8 pm, $8

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