100 Bands in 100 Days Presented by Verity Credit Union — Day 48: Helen America

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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 Helen America.


About the artist: 

Just yesterday we premiered a lovely new tune called “We Are All Mice” from today’s featured artist and since her album release party is tonight (November 9), we thought the timing was perfect to include her in the 100 Bands list. Her ethereal vocals are a perfect match for the uptempo acoustic guitar that pushes the beautiful song along, while the string section sends the message home.

Helen America is a young but longtime Seattle indie culture bellwether, releasing gorgeous comics and zines in the print DIY, but also known for her elegiac protest music utilizing some of the best freak-folk players in Emerald City’s underground.

Her new album “Red Sun” is the most musically expressive and conceptually expansive thing she’s ever done, combining art and music and storytelling in ways fans won’t be able to resist, from its cinematic songs about body horror, and environmental holocaust, using visceral yet compelling artwork in the 12″ booklet that comes with the CD.

From Helen on “We Are All Mice”: “This is one of my favorite songs on the album (it is my drummer Mitch’s favorite song “by far”). It is maybe the thesis statement of the whole thing and is about climate change and the behavior of humans.”

(Click HERE to get more information about the album release event On November 9 at Columbia City Theatre.)



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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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