General Mojo's (Album Release)

The Crocodile Presents:

General Mojo's (Album Release)

Industrial Revelation, Heels to the Hardwood, Scarlet Parke

Fri, July 15, 2016

8:00 pm

The Crocodile

Seattle, WA

$10 Adv.

This event is 21 and over

General Mojo's
General Mojo's
General Mojo's is a 5-piece genre-bending Psychedelic rock band from Seattle, WA. An amalgamation of distinct musical backgrounds, colors and grooves, Mojo's strives for new depths in texture and rhythm.
Industrial Revelation
Industrial Revelation
Seattle, WA–Garage-jazz quartet Industrial Revelation has been making music together in various incarnations for a decade, but with their new studio album Oak Head (October 15, 2013) they're poised to make a major statement in the world of black improvised music. Founded by D'Vonne Lewis, one of Seattle's most sought-after drummers and the grandson of Seattle rhythm and blues legend Dave Lewis, the band also features Ahamefule J. Oluo on trumpet, Evan Flory-Barnes on bass, and Josh Rawlings on keyboards. Individually, the four members of I.R. have worked with nearly every major artist in Seattle, and plenty more beyond–from Macklemore and Das Racist to Robert Glasper and Wynton Marsalis. Collectively, the band is equally at home playing at a house party in Olympia or on stage at Benaroya Hall, and they bring that affinity for the epic and the intimate to every track onOak Head.

With their previous albums, I.R. sought to capture the engrossing, stomping scope of their live shows, which turn on a dime from hushed sincerity to sweaty bombast and have earned the band an obsessive cult following (City Arts's Jonathan Zwickel described I.R. in concert as, "beautiful, dramatic, psychedelic, funny, funky, swinging, punchy"). But Oak Head marks a stark, pointed departure, both musically and conceptually. The album celebrates the introspective capacity of studio recordings, distilling and polishing I.R.'s messy fire and powerful spontaneity into something utterly new. "On Oak Head," Oluo explains, "we embraced the refinement of the studio–it's a very deliberate album–but at the core of every single one of those songs is a group of people playing in one room together at the same time, feeding off each other's energy and welcoming the unknown." Lewis adds, "If there's one thing about this band, it's that we all just play from our hearts. This album represents that so well–it's just straight focus, straight stripped-down emotions."

The album's advance single, "Saying Goodbye (to rainbow socks and hair dye)," strikes a radiantly minimalist groove, layering a simple but obsessive melody (in Oluo's sonorous flugelhorn) over a relentless, twinkling heartbeat held down by Rawlings on the Fender Rhodes. Penned by Flory-Barnes and largely improvised on the day of recording, "Saying Goodbye" is direct musical communication–so stripped of posturing that it's almost above genre. That devotion to pure melody, to the rejection of the confines of genre, is the driving philosophy behind Oak Head.

I.R. recorded the album at a remote cabin called Oak Head over just two cold spring days–including some songs they'd been playing for over a year, and others that weren't even written before they started setting up microphones. It's a deeply honest, deeply personal piece of work, fixated on the idea that a simple, strong melody can be as experimental as the most esoteric art. Oluo explains: "Sincerity is the absolute ripest playground for experimentation. The idea that the two are at odds is a myth. It's all about balance. The more you stretch to the experimental ends of music, the more you have to embrace the humanity of music. The taller the tree, the deeper the roots. The roots of this album go deep."

"It's a jump-off," says Lewis. "Even though we're four albums deep, Oak Head is just the beginning. With our earlier albums we were still growing, you know? Finding our focus. Now we can really get it going."

-Written by Charles Mudede
Heels to the Hardwood
Heels to the Hardwood
Heels To The Hardwood bring the roots of Americana, blues, soul, and rock to a new horizon. With honest powerhouse vocal melodies, striking guitar riffs, and the strong rhythms of bass and drum, smooth notes of keyboard and pedal steel. Heels To The Hardwood brings life back to rock and the stomp back into soul.
Americana rock trio with friends.
Scarlet Parke
Scarlet Parke
Scarlet Parke is a singer songwriter in Seattle, known best for her outstanding stage presence and live events. Scarlet has performed live at a multitude of events in the Northwest, including venues such as The Tractor, Hard Rock, Columbia City Theatre and the Sunset, and a number of festivals including Summer Meltdown, Folk Life, and the West Seattle Fair. She has been recognized for her outstanding voice, and drawn comparison to performers such as Adele and Amy Winehouse, leading to invites to sing opening games' National Anthems in stadiums and Centers, including the Kent Showcase Center for the 2013 Reebok Crossfit Games.
Scarlet plans to continue her career as an international artist, hoping to capitalize on recent shows in Thailand, to encompass her love for travel and the art of performance. It is her goal to inspire others to follow their dreams, travel, love, and live a full life of excitement and entertainment.
Venue Information:
The Crocodile
2200 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121
http://www.thecrocodile.com/