100 Bands in 100 Days Presented by Verity Credit Union — Day 67: Tucker Theodore

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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 Tucker Theodore.


About the artist: 

Although Tucker Theodore’s LSG came out towards the end of 2018, we stumbled upon it in early 2019 and decided to write about it. The lush guitars hooked us from the beginning and then it just went on from there. Admittedly this is probably not everyone’s cup of tea but then how fun would that be? If you are a fan of the abstract though, give this a listen.

Here’s some of what we had to say in our review:

Seattle guitarist and sonic abstractionist Tucker Theodore’s LSG could be a paleontologist’s soft tissue T-Rex. Released last November both digitally and on cassette (by Portland’s eclectic Antiquated Future Records), LSG is not a hidden gem or crate diggers life’s work, yet it already feels strangely overlooked. Theodore’s guitar playing, looping, and tinkering are transformative. Considering the runtime (two tracks totaling over 50 minutes) and limited tangible quantities (only 100 cassettes exist), LSG is a seamless recording capable of thwarting your Spotify listening tendencies.

Side A is a straightaway baptism. “LSG (Movements 1-6)” whines scenic guitar notes amid propulsive drumming in a river without an overriding current. Theodore’s melodic complexities scrap and meander, offering a generous give and take. Instrumentation spins webs as taped looped expressions and experimental aural reveal solar flares.

“Movement 2” inserts near the nine-minute mark, woven by delicately finger picked guitar. Theodore quickly loops an eerie, scrambled high-pitched organ sound, dissolving into a crushing feedback induced solo, thus giving legs and wings to “Movement 3”. The feedback maintains a heavy blow but quickly brightens under the thrust of drums and cymbal crashes. “Movement 4” arrives before the 14th minute and charms as a polymorphic example of Theodore’s recording prowess. Like Mark McGuire’s boundary pushing ambience or Steven R. Smith’s psych explorative in Ulaan Khol and meditative paste in Ulaan Passerine, Theodore’s intentional pausing permeates. Each throb of bass note is a step, while his psychedelic ya-ya’s offer several footing options, mapping out a trajectory of wandering bliss.


 


 

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Antiquated Future Records


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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