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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 WEEED.
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Earlier in 2018 we reviewed the killer latest release from today’s featured artist. Here’s some of what we had to say:
WEEED’s new record, This, for the periphery expanding Important Records is really an exclamation mark. Last year’s Meta was an experimental head spin of earthen psych and patience built around the 25-minute title track. Their sound dribbled out a brooding ambiance and revealed a band deliberate in their reach for Eastern hums, flutes, and metallic scraping. WEEED’s Black Sabbath tendencies were organically obscured as a meditative realm was brought forth.
On This, WEEED continue their mingling of instrumentation, but with an emphasis on merging their full-meal-deal riffs and hypnotic spells through a sensational pounding. The 14-minute “Haze II” sparks the meadow with throaty vocals (parallel to sounds of a didgeridoo) and chimes. The song’s triumphant riff, fueled melody is taken from last year’s “Enchant The Love Alive”. WEEED traded its lo-fi traits for a fully realized attack. “Haze II” is superior not just in recording purposes, but how generous WEEED appear to be with additional musical ideas around it. The drums are punishingly crisp and rekindle that teenage love of starting a rock band. Vocally, Gabriel Seaver and Mitch Fosnaugh use an earthy mix of borderline chants, shouts, and meditative explosions. This hearty jam, full of motorik pulses, bass guitar ramp ups, and electric guitar trajectories to the distant reaches of our galaxy, chugs like a real mother.
Side B blazes the most discordant opening of the four songs, but “Wave” quickly falls into a discreet, almost undetectable guitar noodling. Drums emerge, as does a shimmery collection of stretched bass and electric lines. Seaver’s melodic monotone serves as a malleable starting point, as he can easily reach any high or low without much strain. “Wave” spills effortlessly into the fluid, dirty prog-rocker “This”. The harmonious folkie chant and spews of tempo exercises wield so many musical positions, it grows like a fungus on a dew rich forest floor. Spiny guitars, wizardry vocal incantations, deep bass grooves have WEEED ending their mesmeric record as bold as they began.
If you’ve been looking for a unique northwest artist with a mind-blowing sound we have some great news, you just found them. Check out This HERE.
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To view all of the wonderful northwest artists we have featured this year, click HERE.
A huge shoutout to Verity Credit Union for doing so much for the music community and for being such a great partner.