Ravenna Woods ft. Seattle Kokon Taiko

The Crocodile Presents:

Ravenna Woods ft. Seattle Kokon Taiko

SMOKEY BRIGHTS, Scarves

Fri, January 13, 2017

8:00 pm

The Crocodile

Seattle, WA

$10 Adv.

This event is all ages

Ravenna Woods
Ravenna Woods
"Why they matter: Ravenna Woods provides a crucial reminder to Seattle's current scene: Just because it's folky and acoustic doesn't mean it must be pastoral and warm. The three-man band plays haunting urban folk, full of eerie vocal harmonies, spiraling fingerpicked guitar, minimalist percussion, and the occasional toy piano." --SPIN.com

"The group's drum-driven sound is spare and rhythmic, punctuated by harmonic howls and whoops. Sometimes it calls to mind a native pow-wow; sometimes, a soundtrack to a spooky movie. It's all played at a volume dialed back just enough to hear the patterns and textures, and -- thanks to the congenial, almost goofy stage presence of guitarist/vocalist Chris Cunningham, multi-instrumentalist Brantley Duke and hard-working drummer Matt Badger -- it's not nearly as cerebral as it sounds." --The Seattle Times
SMOKEY BRIGHTS
SMOKEY BRIGHTS
On a frigid January morning, Seattle quintet Smokey Brights packed every piece of gear they owned into a van and set up a recording studio in a massive barn on a Christmas tree farm in rural Carnation, WA. With the help of Cameron Spies and Elisabeth Ellison from Portland band Radiation City, the band filled their drafty, spooky studio with the sounds of what was to be their debut full length record, “Taste for Blood.” After nine chilly days, stopping only to eat and sleep in a lofted apartment area above the barn, the crew emerged with an enigmatic and complex record. Rooted in 70’s rock, the band traced surprising lines between new wave, folk, shoe gaze, Memphis soul, psychedelia, and blue color rock and roll. “Taste For Blood” hearkens back to a time when records were less of a collection of attempted singles, and more of holistic emotional journey, a lush landscape to get lost in.

The recording session started off what was to be a huge year for the group. In summer, singer/ guitarist Ryan Devlin and vocalist/ keyboardist Kim West got married, with the rest of the band in the wedding line. The band also brought their AM-pop-magic to a number of the Northwest’s biggest festivals, including Timber! and Bumbershoot. Shortly thereafter, Smokey Brights released “Taste for Blood” to a resoundingly warm reception. The album – self-recorded, self-released, and entirely self-funded (no Kickstarter, no record deal, and no trust fund) – wound up on a number of “best of” lists, including that of DJs Marco Collins, Milo Miles, and Kevin Cole, and earned the band a spot in near constant rotation on KEXP. The record release show at Seattle’s Tractor Tavern sold out before the doors even opened.

Despite these successes, the band remains as they have been since their beginnings in 2011: best friends. Bassist Jim Vermillion and drummer Nick Krivchenia have been hard forged brothers in rhythm for over a decade, having met studying audio engineering at Evergreen State. The two have been in bands ever since, including their experimental bass-loop duo Armed With Legs. Lead guitarist Mike Kalnoky and songwriter Ryan Devlin met playing in Seattle punk bands in the mid aughts, where Kalnoky’s melodic and textural playing first caught Devlin’s ear. Devlin and keyboardist Kim West have been playing music together at home for years and are delighted that their naturally harmonizing voices are reaching greater audiences. Through the countless hours of collaboration that has forged the band, the members have become even closer as friends. If Smokey Brights appear to be having a better time than anyone else in the room, it’s because they probably are.
Venue Information:
The Crocodile
2200 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121
http://www.thecrocodile.com/