Music fans of the Pacific Northwest, hello and welcome back to our third annual year-end daily countdown, 100 Bands in 100 Days, where every day until December 31st, we’re showcasing a new band or artist you have to know about, presented by Verity Credit Union. Follow the #100Bands100Days hashtag on Twitter to stay on top of all the bands featured and make sure to follow Verity on Twitter as well. Some days the featured act could be an established and locally-adored northwest-based musician that perhaps you haven’t been turned onto yet, and other times they could be a band with a small following that just hasn’t had their deserved time in the sun yet. Either way, we’re fairly confident you can come away from this daily segment with plenty of new favorites. Today’s musical offering is a band From Olympia called Molten Salt.
Although Molten Salt doesn’t have a vast catalog of music to choose from yet, based on the first couple tunes that we’ve heard, they seem to be in great position to carve out their own spot in the burgeoning northwest dream pop scene. If you follow us at all you know we love all types of northwest music and can get a little frustrated at times when people, in say, New York or in other parts of the country act like all bands around here are supposed to sound like Nirvana or Alice in Chains or whoever. Not that there’s anything wrong with our “grunge” bands but there’s many other styles of music around here. Like Death Cab, Modest Mouse, The Decemberists….etc. Back to today’s band Molten Salt though before this gets out of hand.
Molten Salt calls themselves a dream indie band from Olympia. Most of the band members were previously in a band called Middlewav that released several albums and was featured on the iconic K Records website. If you take a listen to Middlewav, you’ll see that although their name changed, their sound has not changed much, which is a good thing. If it’s changed at all, it’s that the band has matured and along with that, they are a tighter unit.
After a hiatus, they decided to hit the reset button with a fresh name and a new start. They released a two-song EP in October of this year to tease the hell out of their fans while they are recording their debut full-length album under the Molten Salt moniker on an independent Olympia label called 2060 Records.
We are grooving on these two tracks pretty heavily and we’ll be keeping a close eye on this band and hitting the refresh button endlessly until we have the new album in our inbox. They are definitely one to watch out for.