100 Bands in 100 Days Presented by Verity Credit Union — Day 25: Teen Daze

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Artwork by Seattle-area painter E.R. Saba

Music fans of the Pacific Northwest, get ready for our fourth 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, presented by Verity Credit Union. Make sure you are checking the #100Bands100Days hashtag at Twitter on the daily to stay on top of all the bands featured and make sure to follow Verity on Twitter and NW_Music_Scene as well. 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 sun yet. Either way, we’re fairly confident you can come away from this daily segment with plenty of new favorites. Today’s featured artist is Teen Daze from Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Back in March of this year we reviewed the latest album by Teen Daze, hailing from just across the Canadian border in Abbotsford. Themes For Dying Earth is Jamison Isaak’s fifth album, with number six ready to drop on November 10 of 2017. The new album is a companion album the earlier one, with perhaps a more hopeful title, Themes For A New Earth.

Here’s some of what we said about the album in our Themes For Dying Earth review:

During his tenure as Teen Daze, Jamison Isaak has created a wellspring of songs aimed in a linear trajectory. Those familiar with his previous outings shouldn’t be surprise that his fifth album, Themes For Dying Earth (released February 10th on Isaak’s own label, Flora) is not a departure from previous musical routes, simply a maturing.

Concept and title aside, this record feels inspired. From the glitchy video-game keyboards and Isaak’s angelic vocals on opener, “Cycle” to the highly meditative ending track “Breath,” Themes touches and engages in ways Teen Daze has only hinted at.

As a musician who clearly has a deep attachment to the natural world, Isaak has quietly served those listening, reminders of Earth’s deep wonders and renewal. However, Themes yields a concrete gaze rather than an abstract and fantastical focus. The cherry blossoms on the cover are a present and tangible reminder that whispers rebirth. Not a loud activist, but Isaak’s message is simple; trade the cynicism for encouragement and grow your anxiety and exhaustion into something better.

(You can listen to Themes For Dying Earth below, purchase it on Bandcamp  and get more info about Teen Daze on Facebook HERE. You can also get a sneak listen of “Echoes” from the new album HERE or listen below.)

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.