An on-the-street walking tour of Seattle for out of town bands-- where to play, what to expect, where to park the band van, where to get a drink and a bite to eat. You know: the nuts and bolts of any band's life when they roll into a strange town and need to figure out what to do and where to be.
A little while back, talking with a recent immigrant to Seattle outside the Kraken, he asked me about punk bands in town-- I immediately told him to check out 7 Year Old Blind Girl, and a random person walking by jumped in: "That's the best band in Seattle, right there." You might be able to find their discs on eBay, but Blind Girl doesn't have an online store, you can't download their music on Bandcamp, and they're not heralded by the local music press... 7 Year Old Blind Girl are amazing, but you've got to go see them find that out. My camera is a poor, poor substitute-- you need to go to a show.
The last show we played before the break with with Minneapolis' Lungs,
who play massive, ever-evolving metal compositions that progress from
oppressive doom to harmonized guitar melodies to gossamer atmosphere. It
was fantastic to join them for the Seattle stop on their tour at The
Highline, with Christdriver and Coughin' Nails, and they played an
Last one before heading out to the desert, so this one's pretty low-impact. Just a few basic survival tips and tricks for bands and musicians on stage: basic (and easily corrected) mistakes we never needed to make, if we just had this information before we started out.