Trans Am

The Crocodile Presents:

Trans Am

Midday Veil, VHS

Tue, July 7, 2015

8:00 pm

The Crocodile

Seattle, WA

$12 Adv.

This event is all ages

Trans Am
Trans Am
There are three ways of interpreting Volume X, the title of the new album by Trans Am. The first is obvious – it is the band’s tenth studio release, comprised of ten songs that display ten unique sides of Phil Manley, Nathan Means, and Sebastian Thomson. You can also imagine a volume knob being cranked all the way up, the amplification level for an ideal Trans Am listening session. But it can also be read as a representation of the band’s remarkable ability to express, and even embody, unknown capacities, adopting bold stylistic and aesthetic shifts as a defining tenet of their quarter-century long career. Trans Am refuse to rely on their legacy as innovators, opting instead to continue to break down established modes of songwriting, even if they established those modes themselves. Volume X continues in this gloriously contrarian tradition, presenting fans with strange and familiar sounds in new contexts, from kosmische rock to futuristic speed metal to robo-balladry to variants on classic rock that are so warped as to be rendered completely unrecognizable.

“Anthropocene” opens the album with 30 seconds of serene synthesizer ambience before obliterating the stillness with a massive, fuzzy riff anchored by Thomson’s relentless, pounding groove, recorded live in the studio for maximum impact. Volume X is full of these types of disarming moments. Halfway through the sweeping, Kraftwerkian “Night Shift” the song’s syncopated shuffle suddenly becomes a throbbing motorik pulse as two drum takes are overlaid. “Backlash” creeps in with a massive synthesized low-end drone before breaking into a Kill ‘Em All inspired thrash riff that is one of the most aggressive passages the band has laid to tape. And the band saves their most poignant melody for the stripped down slow jam “I’ll Never,” with a vocoded Nathan Means intoning, “Its true, I’ll never get over you.”

Volume X was recorded in spurts over three years, mostly at LCR Studios in San Francisco, where Phil Manley has recorded many other bands as a professional engineer. He also plays in Life Coach with Jon Theodore of Queens of the Stone Age, and Thomson spends his time away from Trans Am playing drums for Baroness. The band is continues to live in separate cities, although all three have settled within the continental US for now. Trans Am will be playing shows throughout North America in support of Volume X.
Midday Veil
Midday Veil
"Known for dramatic performances as well as subtle, varied recordings, Seattle experimental rock ensemble Midday Veil combines otherworldly vocals and cosmic synths with driving, hypnotic rock grooves to produce music that rewards careful listening and defies easy categorization
VHS
VHS
During the winter of 2013, in his dusty, cobweb filled basement in Reno, NV Jawshua Dean Hageman spent his time with his 8-track writing and recording what would later be released as the first VHS release, “Vultures & Hungry Spirits.” These songs sat dormant for some time while he relocated to the Pacific Northwest to drum for Criminal Code. Moving to the Northwest reunited him with long-time friend and music collaborator, Chris Costalupes who had moved from Reno to Seattle four years prior to play bass for Big Eyes. In the summer of 2014, the two spent a week locked in a basement writing and recording the second VHS album, “Art Decay, Everything Looks Boring.” After releasing both albums on cassette via their own imprint Casino Trash Records, they set out to materialize VHS into a live entity. They drafted long-time friend and collaborator Morgan Travis, who is also a Northwest transplant from Reno, on guitar. With the three of them in place all that was left was a drummer. After many scheduling issues and overlapping tour schedules they finally landed Gavin Tieman better know as the hard-hitting drummer for Jason Clackley and The Exquisites. Once finally together they were up and running in no time. VHS played their first show on January 27th, and since then have been gaining more and more momentum. Their live show is sharp and they thrive in the studio. Their upcoming 7” titled “Choking On The Fruit” is the first record made as a full band. VHS’s sound has a diverse range and they have been compared to such bands as The Wipers, Lost Sounds, and The Melvins. Though these influences are present in their music, VHS has a style and sound all of their own.
Venue Information:
The Crocodile
2200 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121
http://www.thecrocodile.com/