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Music fans of the Pacific Northwest, get ready for our fifth annual year-end daily local music showcase, 100 Bands in 100 Days, where every day until December 31st, we’re showcasing a new band or artist you have to know about, once again presented by Verity Credit Union.
Make sure you are checking the #100Bands100Days hashtag on Twitter on a daily basis to stay on top of all the bands featured and be sure to follow Verity and NW_Music_Scene there. Some days the featured act could be an established and locally-adored northwest-based musician and other times they could be a band with a small following that just hasn’t had their deserved time in the spotlight yet. Either way, we’re fairly confident you can come away from this daily segment with plenty of new favorites. Today’s featured band is Custom.
About the band:
For more than a dozen years, CUSTOM has been a leading voice in the vibrant and fast growing music scene in Seattle. Inspired by a wide variety of influences including rock, pop, blues, punk, prog, metal, and even classical, CUSTOM has developed a unique and ever-evolving sound. Now, with the recent addition of world-renowned vocalist David Lyon, CUSTOM is poised to enter a new chapter of music on the international stage.
We recently reviewed Brace For Impact, the latest offering from these northwest hard-rockers. Here’s some of what we had to say:
The album begins like any other great rock album with a track of reflection. “No Regrets” looks back on simpler and easier times that never let down. “Those were the greatest times, they never let us down” David Lyon croons during the bridge just before a thunderous chorus of “no regrets” that crescendos until the end of the song with Lyon reaching high tenor metal screaming territory. This song expertly blends catchy and heavy and will have you singing the hook for days on end.
Following the easy times comes the harsh truth of today’s world. “Drugstore Prophet” calls out those “selling fallacies to prophet from the damned.” “Drugstore Prophet” is a heavy and angst ridden song that seems to hit far too close to home as shown by the band member’s performances. The guitars really tell a story, going between heavy strums and then easy picking during the verses. One can feel the ups and downs of spiraling addiction as the song goes between heavy and light, vocals panning from left to right and drums going in and out.
What’s a rock album without an ode to the art itself? “Love To Rock” is just that. A progressive rock anthem equipped with dueling guitars and possibly the band’s hidden mantra: “For the joy, for the song, for the love of rock and roll.” This is a really fun song that would be sure to get any crowd moving and pumping their fists.
Check out the album HERE and be prepared to rock!
Catch them live:
They’ll be playing on October 27 at Louie G’s Pizza in Fife with Wyatt Olney and the Wreckage, Crossing Crusades and Lust Punch. Get show details HERE.
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Submissions for 100 Bands in 100 Days are still open to any Pacific Northwest band interested in submitting. If you would like to submit for a chance to be featured in this segment, consult this link for more information on how you can do so.
A huge shoutout to Verity Credit Union for doing so much for the music community and for being such a great partner.