Ladies and gentlemen, hello and welcome back to the 2016 outing of Northwest Music Month, where the otherwise boring sixth month of the year is transformed into the coolest month of the year, thanks to us featuring a different local band or artist for your music discovering pleasure every day this month, to help ring in a killer summer where local music rules all. Some days these artists could be a regional favorite that’s already got a respectable following, and other days they could be a complete unknown that you’ve never heard of. Today’s featured band comes to us from the unsung underdog of the Washington music scene, Everett’s TELLERS.
Since their inception in late 2012, Everett vibe-rockers TELLERS have impressed and attracted local music fans of all shapes and sizes, thanks to their chilled-out and heady approach to rock, which, while it doesn’t feel particularly rocking, the band adopts an approach to rock music that doesn’t feel borrowed or shamelessly stolen from a popular artist. If you wanted to pigeonhole them, you could call him indie rock or indie pop, but there’s far more going on with their music. With singer-songwriter Sarah Feinberg at the helm, this quartet has carved out their own relaxing and pretty identity.
Listening to their music, you can definitely pick up a little bit of summery lo-fi pop in their songs, as well as a little bit of mid-80s jangle pop nostalgia. When songs like “Sinner’s Prayer” are playing, it’s hard not to draw comparisons to the just-lucid-enough dream pop music of The Sundays, with both artists’ tendency towards soft and alluring rock and pop. TELLERS take this somewhat vintage style of alternative music and expertly updates it for modern tastes, putting their own cascading spin on it that feels undeniably northwestern.
Over the course of the two EPs TELLERS have released in the past few years, the band has only gotten stronger and stronger, with their sound taking on a more atmospheric and ambient sound. Walking Blind, the band’s latest effort, released in April of this year, is probably the best representation of what TELLERS have to offer, with three original songs that showcase Feinberg’s talents as a really emotive and powerful singer and lyricist, and just how much natural chemistry Sarah has with her three bandmates.
Original, sentimental, beautiful, and with a lot of memorable songs at their disposal, TELLERS isn’t a band that should be ignored by anyone.