Exciting stuff ahead for the new year at UR: The first day of the year will kick off with Nick and Heather Riffbroker helping fill out Overwhelming Colorfast at a free show at the Sunset. That's Friday night- Jan. 1, also UR mates The Small Change, and Paul Lynde Fan Club.
Jan. 29 the Small Change release their new record 'Every Line In My Head' at the Sunset with guests TBA.
New material is in the works from The Riffbrokers, The Doll Test, The Glad Girls, and Ryan Maxwell's new project The Far Away Eyes.
While the I Love Myselfs are on a short break, Eric The Swede Olson has regrouped the nucleus of the old Lower 48 band into The South Sound Bureau Chiefs. Look for a recording this spring!
As always look for tweets for a free download demo of the week at our myspace site.
Brothers Bob and Dan Reed are joined by Nick and Heather Riffbroker on guitar and bass to play a Seattle show one night only- Fri. Jan 1st 2010..for FREE! Overwhelming Colorfast released a handful of incredible records in the 90's of melodic psychedelic powerpop fuzz rock. Nick and Heather of the Riffbrokers were floored to be asked to stand in for this special occasion. Guests will be local powerpop act The Small Change, and the psychedelic Paul Lynde Fan Club featuring members of Doll Test and Pure Joy. 9pm Sunset Tavern 5433 Ballard Av NW, Seattle WA 98107... 21 and over
Nick and Heather Millward formed the Unsmashable Riffbrokers in Boise, Idaho in the fall of 1999. A few years after relocating to Seattle, they dropped the first half of the name and used it to launch their own record label. The label became a DIY vehicle for a close circle of musician friends to release their own albums. Under the banner of Unsmashable Records, The Riffbrokers have self-released four of their own albums. In 2006 they contributed a song to a Buffalo Springfield tribute compilation on Not Lame Records. In the first half of the '00s, The Riffbrokers toured the western states regularly, and even pulled off one haphazard cross country trip. Nick Millward's songwriting is heavily influenced by Bob Dylan, The Byrds, and John Prine. The band's sound remains a blend of Americana twang with powerpop guitar and growling vocals. The Riffbrokers will celebrate their ten years as a band by inviting friends onstage to perform their favorite Riffbroker songs. Friends include Michael Dean Damron, The Lund Bros.,The Small Change, Young Sportsmen, Crown Aruba, Aaron Taylor, 50 Grit, The I Love Myselfs, and Lowland High.
(Sunset) Seattle quartet the Tripwires write well-crafted pop/rock songs that suggest they've spent many studious hours with the brilliant catalogs of the Byrds, Nick Lowe, Squeeze, Gram Parsons, and other composers whose brainchildren have gone on to the stand the test of time with impressively erect postures. The Tripwires—seasoned scene fixtures John Ramberg, Jim Sangster, Johnny Sangster, and Mark Pickerel—understand the importance in their particular niche of memorable hooks, interesting dynamics, varied guitar tones, and passionate vocalizing. They proudly and staunchly uphold the verities of this traditional approach to music-making on their new album, House to House (Spark & Shine Records), whose public emergence tonight's show celebrates. DAVE SEGAL
Mountain Kids Fantasy, M. Bison, the Riffbrokers, Helen Chance, the Mangles, High Divide, Radiolake, Julia Massey
(Skylark) For the past three years, the Skylark has hosted the Come as You Aren't! Halloween battle of the bands, in which local groups are judged on their ability to impersonate famous musicians. Each band dons the appropriate costumes and plays quick 20-minute sets—the point is to get in, entertain the fuck out of people, and get out. And this year's lineup should be full of surprises, as bands like Radiolake, the Mangles, the Riffbrokers, M. Bison, and Mountain Kids Fantasy will, for one night only, summon the musical prowess of beloved artists such as Frank Sinatra, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Devo, and X. MEGAN SELING
The Doll Test return to the stage after sabbatical with a slightly new line-up of personnel. John Troutman adds third guitar (like Skynard!)and the Small Change's Doug Stevens is on drums. Nick and Heather Riffbroker are lead gtr and bass respectively to frontman Scott 5's guitar and voice. They will bring the hits from EP 'Gasoline And Banks' as well as '08's smash album 'Mosque Alarm Clock'. There are a few new gems by Sc5 as well. Opening the bill is an industrial powerpop outfit from Ghent, Belgium called Wallace Vanborn. Your grandma might die from their socialized medicine rock! Your health insurance premium may be through the roof- but shows at the Skylark are always free. Come drink and stare blankly- you'll regret nothing.
Free cover...21+...9pm skylarkcafe.com * 3803 Delridge Way SW * Seattle, WA 98106 * 206.935.2111 Wallace Vanborn receive free bass care in Belgium.
The Glad Girls new EP is mastered and sequenced. The Small Change is working on a new link to download the new album as well as past albums for free! The Riffbrokers are turning 10 years old this fall. A big show is scheduled for November 7 at the Skylark. Guest bands will perform their favorite Riffbrokers songs. Also Dagger Zine has posted this very short review of Weight of Line and Intersection- HE RIFFBROKERS- WEIGHT OF LINE AND INTERSECTION- UNSMASHABLE- Kickin’ power-poppy roots rock with pure guts and determination (an a sense of humor too). No filler here, all 10 of these songs are worthy if your time but my pick to click is the 6-string bendin’ opener, “Told You to Go” and the closer, “End of all Things.”