100 Bands in 100 Days Presented by Verity Credit Union — Day 24: PAMPA

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Artwork by Seattle-area painter E.R. Saba

Music fans of the Pacific Northwest, get ready for our sixth annual year-end daily local music showcase, 100 Bands in 100 Days, where every day until December 31st, we’ll be showcasing a new band or artist you have to know about. For the fourth year in a row, the showcase is 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 on 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 act is PAMPA.

About the artist: 

Today’s featured band uses lush sonic textures to craft gorgeous melodies, coupled with lead singer Moon Ballie’s soaring vocals and perfect harmonies. Combine all that stuff and what you end up with is an irresistibly dreamy indie pop blend. Take a listen below and be prepared to become a fan of this band.

Originally PAMPA was to be called Mannahatta for “land of many hills,” lead singer-songwriter-guitarist Moon Ballie explains. “Lenni Lenape used that word to describe Manhattan before the European invasion. Though Baillie lived for two years in New York City and felt a connection with the city, he felt it inauthentic to draw on his time there for the name. He had also considered ‘Sigue la Sombra de mi Bebe,’ a reference to a song by Charly Garcia, but this felt like it might be a bit too challenging out of the gate for the English speakers he hoped would lend their ears.

Baillie was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In his path he writes stories. These stories are the fabric of his culture, and PAMPA is a journey that describes his modern American experience. Baillie started PAMPA in 2013, after spending three months back in Argentina, which he had been away from since 1996. “Pampa” is also a native Quechua word describing the wilderness, and he realized that the mysterious wildness of that description fits what confronted him at the time, such as “where to fit in this Northwestern society?” So Baillie did what he does: write his stories in songs about life in order to find where that place would be. “These songs document times,” he says. “I mean, they have structures, formulas, esoteric reasonings, but they capture a mood in its inception.”

We recently premieredSo Far Yes So Far” and here’s what lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Baillie had to say about it:

“I wrote “So Far Yes So Far” at my dad’s place, in the heart of the mountains in Cordoba, Argentina. I was on a three month trip with my partner, Rose. It was the first time in 15 years that I spent more than a month in Argentina, and I found myself missing Seattle, USA?!?!?!? It was a first for me. I surpassed the passport, and materialized a feeling, without hugging a flag. I became a part of USA’s culture as a LATINO then.

“So long

From Today

Since we went away

To the land

I am from

Now we are coming home”

This theme echoes through the album in our sound, which is not exclusively Latino, or North American, but a blend of both, like a river flowing into the ocean. La Contumacia explores the controversial, yet culture shifting situation that is immigration in the USA. And we identify with this wave of change.”

Photo by Maddie Rogers



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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. 

As an added bonus this year, House Of Cannabis will be playing the featured bands in each of their three Washington locations.

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