Age: A lady never tells
Hometown: Yakima, WA
Name of band: Planes on Paper
Style of music: Songwriter stuff, with folk influences, I think…
Top 5 Seattle artists: Mikey and Matty, The Head and the Heart, Cumulus, Big Sur, Brandi Carlile
Favorite book: The BFG
Favorite Seattle drinking hole: Ha in Fremont made an absolutely amazing mango habanero margarita for me once, but only once. It’s my favorite for that single experience.
Best show you have ever seen: Fiona Apple at The Schnitz in Portland. She seemed completely unhinged, but was pitch perfect and beautiful.
If you could play a gig with two other bands, who would they be: Patty Griffin and First Aid Kit
Biggest celebrity crush: The Silver Fox, Anthony Bourdain.
Drink of choice: Barefoot winery Pinot Grigio. Sometimes the cheapest stuff is the best.
Guiltiest tv pleasure: Hoarders. Makes me feel like I really have my shit together.
Last thing you do before sleep: Laundry and Pinterest, in that order
Full name: Navid Eliot
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Name of band: Planes on Paper
Style of music: Whatever we end up writing, I suppose. I think it’s folk music, but folk purists would probably disagree.
Top 5 Seattle artists: Mikey & Matty, The Fraidies, Smokey Brights, Shelby Earl, but GOD DAMN IT, there are SO many more. Seattle is great right now. In fact, Washington is great right now. One of my favorite songwriters on earth (The Holy Broke) happens to be out of Spokane.
Favorite book: I have read “1984” more than any other book, but have a real soft spot for anything Hitchens.
Favorite Seattle drinking hole: I know I’ve ended up at the Duchess Tavern more than anywhere else. It’s really hard to say I actually like anything about that place, but I guess my actions speak for me.
Best show you have ever seen: Bad Religion at RKCNDY in like 1996 was a life-changer.
If you could play a gig with two other bands, who would they be: In a fantasy scenario where we can choose anyone? M. Ward and Simon and Garfunkel. They’d probably want us to open that bill, and I think we’d be OK with that. Afterwards, they’d want to stay up late talking about music, and probably buy us milkshakes or something, and tell me how they are actually big fans of ours too.
Biggest celebrity crush: I dunno, is Alyssa Milano still alive? I think the last time I had a proper celebrity crush, “Who’s The Boss” was still a big part of my life.
Drink of choice: Apple cider vinegar and honey.
Guiltiest tv pleasure: The League. I don’t watch football, or play fantasy football, but I love that show anyway.
Last thing you do before sleep: I take the dog out for a romp in the yard. He’s a restless little dude.
I’m lucky enough to run across some pretty beautiful music doing what I do, and frankly most of it the general public will never hear. And then some albums come along (very few), and literally paralyze me; I can’t stop listening to them. With that, I give you the album “Den Of Lions” by OurLives. Without exaggeration , I have ridden their musical cloud all the way to the other side of the rainbow and back numerous times in the last couple weeks. And I do mean from beginning to end. It’s bliss every time.
I was smitten and wanted to know more about the band and album, so I hope you enjoy this gem that literally deserves to be heard by everyone. I want nothing more than to see this band grace the largest stages in the world. Yes, I personally feel like, they are that good.
I hope you enjoy this interview, and even more so. Their music. (BUY COLLECTORS VINYL HERE)
Can you introduce yourself?
My name is Jón Björn (Bjössi) and I play bass, keys and do some backing vocals in Ourlives.
What is your everday occupation?
I run a welding company with my father. We do a lot of different work, all out of iron (for example: railings, car trailers, etc.). I love my work.
What do you think Iceland brings to your music?
We’ve been asked this question a few times, and to be fair I still don’t know. I sometimes say that Iceland brings out a little bit of edge in our music, but to be honest I don’t know.
Seems that everything out of Iceland is very ethereal and beautiful. I’m not sure I’ve heard anything dirty or raw. Why do you think this is?
First off, thank you for this description of Icelandic music, but I can assure you that are a number of bands that I would describe as dirty or raw in Iceland. There are a lot of bands in Iceland, even though there are only 320,000 people that live here.
But again, I appreciate the gesture from you in regards to our music.
I was pleasantly surprised it was in English? Why that decision?
When we were growing up we listened mostly to music in English, and when we started doing songs our music sounded better to us in English. We have also always aimed for the stars, and the stars can relate to English better than Icelandic.
The album is incredibly gorgeous, but the song “Out Of Place”, kinda got me emotional. What’s the story behind that song?
Thank you very much. “Out of Place” is a special song for me too, and it’s also one of the most effortless songs we’ve done so far. The idea of the words came when Leifur was singing “figure it out” in a demo of the song, (we normally sing jibberish in the first demo, but in the middle of one of the verses he said these words) and I kind off took the words and started from there. The chorus started the song for me. For me it’s a rather tentative love song with a obvious twist to it.
Spartan Records of Seattle put this album ‘Den of Lions’ out. How did this come about?
John Frazier from Spartan Records heard our music four years ago, when he was visiting Iceland, and we have been working together ever since then. He has been a huge influence on us and we feel very proud to be part of Spartan Records.
Have you spent anytime in Seattle? if so, what do you like about it?/If not, what do you know about it?
I’ve never been to Seattle, but I’m 100% coming over at some point. We are destined to play some shows in Seattle as I’ve listened to music from Seattle all my life, and now I’m on a Seattle based label.
What I know about Seattle has mostly to do with music, as obviously all the legendary great grunge bands are from Seattle, but also a lot of bands that I’ve listened to over the years, bands like Foo Fighters, These Arms Are Snakes, Blood Brothers, Band of Horses, to name a few.
But my personal favorite Seattle band is Sunny Day Real Estate, they were a huge influence on me many years ago. “Diary” was huge for me when I was young.
Touring ….what’s the plan?
We are recording new songs so that is where our head is at right now. We want to finish a new album worth off material as soon as we can, as song writing is going well right now, so that is the plan right now. But I can tell you that in November we are playing some shows in Iceland, so if you are visiting for the Iceland Airwaves festival, come and say hello to us.
In 3 words, how do you describe this album?
Ambitious, hopeful, pessimistic
LP is one of the best singer songwriters in the music scene today; her voice captivates, and her energy is electric. She will be taking the stage at Neumos on Thursday night (Odessa opens), and I was able to ask her some questions about music, fashion and Vicci Martinez. Do not miss this show!
You’re well on your way to stardom, and you said you never wanted to conform. Being with a major, isn’t that difficult?
It can be. But whenever you are in a collaborative situation wether it be a song, an album or the marketing of an album there are compromises and concessions you have to make. That’s just what happens when you mix business and art in my opinion. If you put it out on your own then you don’t which is awesome but it hasn’t been my path.
Speaking of conforming … would you have ever performed on a show like American Idol to catapult your career?
No but I don’t think that is necessarily conforming. I think people are very brave to do it.
Artists always mention growth. What is growth to you?
Growth is forcing yourself to keep going through difficult times (ie: failure and even success) mentally and emotionally as an artist. To tap into what you are feeling and express it through the truest filter of your mind and get to a new place for you even if it’s not new to someone else.
How do you differentiate when writing …what song you want and what your going to pitch to another artist?
When I’m writing sometimes I’m with the other artist which is always clearly defined. When I’m not I sometimes will be there because we’re writing for someone else. But when I just start writing and it’s coming out a certain way I usually know. There’s a familiarity like an old friend or something that resonates with my soul. Or it’s just too high for anyone else to sing . Lol
Speaking of which … I was a huge fan of The Hills (gaydar alert). How was it writing for Heidi Montag? Do you research the person you write for? or just write off the cuff?
I didn’t write those songs with her in mind. I had written a bunch of songs with a producer she was working with and when she heard them she loved them and just kept wanting more of them and hiring me as a vocal producer on them so it was totally cool with me. She’s a very nice person as well.
I am in awe of the writing and of course the singing of SIA. Thoughts?
I think she is amazing and has found the perfect balance as far as being a writer and an artist in her own right . I think she’s done it unlike anyone yet. It’s inspiring.
Now that your in the spotlight and not just writing, does it fuck with your head that people like your for LP and not for Laura?
Not at all . My name is LP and I don’t really like being called Laura as it does not feel like my name anymore. I didn’t know that would happen but it did. I might even change my name to LP as a first name legally.
Your style is fucking tits-bingo! Who are your style icons?
Thanks! Well I love the Beatles early 60’s style, Mick Jagger, Serge Gainsbourg , Brian Ferry, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Hendrix.
Favorite piece of clothing?
I’d have to say my Carol Cristian Poell boots and Saint Laurent blazer.
What is your idea of quintessential beauty in a woman?
Just natural grace. Inner beauty of course and the outer don’t hurt either. ;)
You homies with Vicci Martinez (Tacoma), you wrote a song for her?
I met her once at Sayers Club in LA after I sang. She was super cool and nice.
Any favorite Seattle spots?
Well u know I only really hung out at the W last time cuz we had a gig and a photo shoot and that was it! But I do love that W dammit!!
Debut album Forever For Now out now. BUY TIX HERE
Upcoming LP tour dates are as follows:
09/18 Seattle, WA Neumos
09/19 Vancouver, Canada Fortune Sound Club
09/20 Portland, OR Alhambra Theatre
09/21 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
09/23 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room
09/24 San Diego, CA Casbah
09/26 Los Angeles, CA Roxy Theatre
Believer, the debut full-length from Megafortress, is not a meditation on faith or devotion. It is a search, constantly twisting into darkness, where the identities of every object and intentions of every figure are unclear. The tracks seem to follow a sole searcher, a lost person, for whom faith is not a source of light amidst the obscurity but a delusion that only makes the ambiguities more terrifying.
Megafortress is the solo work of Brooklyn artist Bill Gillim. In 2012, Software released his debut s/t EP, a collection of gorgeous vocal meditations and ambient soundscapes. Believer boasts a bolder, naked vocal approach, telling a hauntingly intimate story. The ten songs give shape to a world that on the surface seems sweet and welcoming, but, in time, slowly unravels into a place of disorder, sickness, and disappearance. That ambiguity is written into the album at all levels.
Aurally, the record is at once lush and spare. Layered synthesizers and saxophone, occasional bass, sampled bells and natural sounds, tweaked voices, and Gillim’s warm, unaffected vocals create a honeyed sonic backdrop. However each track adheres to a kind of patient minimalism of its own logic. The songs persistently resist climax, instead corkscrewing or turning into the unexpected: minor and discordant notes, interrupted thoughts, always toward an eerie stillness.
That balance of melody and discord, hope and haunting, is reiterated in the overall arc of the record, which takes us over a route of happier melody into darker, more anxious, more echoing and spacious zones, until we are left, lying on our backs, hearing ourselves breathe. All the while, the story we are being told in words is revealed to be one of self-deception, devious and obscure figures, and wishful thinking.
Me and the City is quickly becoming a musical force to be reckoned with. From its inception as the one-man project of singer-songwriter David Matus, this up-and-coming band has expanded their scope and palette through the addition of talented veteran musicians. Combining elements of folk, pop, and indie rock, their energetic live show has ignited venues across Southern California, creating a passionate fan-base with infectious enthusiasm. Me and the City just finished their debut album “The Wild Ones” with multi-platinum producer Warren Huart, songs that are sure to satisfy longtime fans while creating more buzz than ever.
Full name: Joshua Starkel/ Kyle Veazey
Hometown: Spokane, Washington / Edmond, Oklahoma
Name of band: Duke Evers
Style of music: Indie Rock
Influences: Queens of the Stone Age, Kings of Leon, Talking Heads, Led Zeppelin
Top 5 Seattle artists: Country Lips, My Goodness, The Crypts, The Hollers, Motopony
Favorite book: Tigerheart, Peter David / Memory of Light, Robert Jordan
Favorite Seattle drinking hole: Marios / The Lookout
Best show you have ever seen: Robert Plant
If you could play a gig with two other bands, who would they be: Kings of Leon, Queens of the Stone Age
Biggest celebrity crush: Eva Mendes / Karen O
Drink of choice: Shirley Temple / Whiskey
Guiltiest tv pleasure: Kitchen Nightmares / Ellen
Last thing you do before sleep: Sing / read a book while listening to Mouse on the Keys