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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 artist is Guest Directors.
A Seattle band. Jazzmasters drenched in reverb. Post-shoegaze rock, dream pop, power pop and noise. Bluesy, dreamy, shreddy, psychedelic.
Guest Directors is a group of guides: comfortably demonstrating a familiarity with the sonic landscape of their native Northwest and poised to lead wherever its audience needs. The quartet’s confident chemistry and ambitious spirit eschew typical routes in favor of new paths brimming with honest secrets and bold challenges.
Their kaleidoscopic instrumentation is comprised of the delightfully tangled Jazzmasters and moody vocals of co-leads, Gary Thorstensen and Julie D., as well as Rian Turner’s volatile drumming and Charlie Russo’s propulsive bass work. The group has mastered its musical surveillance, recognizing each bit of sonic space as an opportunity for attention, examination, and artful refinement. And whether the moment calls for scaling peaks or wading through turbulent waters, the group is unwaveringly prepared, willing, and able.
Guest Directors’ spooky and soulful music evokes images of evergreen silhouettes, dreamy breezes, and the power of seemingly perpetual precipitation. Their forthcoming EP, “Dream the Currents,” evokes ghost-like shimmering and half-moons moaning to their cousin constellations. It’s the next step in what has amounted to an annual progression of EPs demonstrating harmonic, rhythmic, and stylistic explorations that hover around a familiar sonic center,
With Guest Directors, you will never feel lost. Instead, the band will help lead you to the spots that have always been your own.
Check out their Bandcamp page HERE to listen to their latest offering and stay on top of their socials for new music that is on the way. You won’t regret it.
We first stumbled upon Guest Directors back in 2016 and although they didn’t have a big catalog, just four songs at that point, they had a highly accessible sound that we dug from the very beginning. Their music is all over the place, borrowing the tastiest elements from several genres resulting in an energetic and psychedelic dream-pop blend that will stick in your head. They added to the song library in March of this year with another fantastic EP, Captured in the Light and with even more music on the way early next year, now is a good time to get on board. You’re welcome!
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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.