Pickwick was formed in 2008 when singer Galen Disston left Los Angeles and relocated to Seattle, Washington. Originally an alt-country group, Pickwick spent the following two years trying to establish themselves in the Seattle Folk scene. Amidst a barrage of similarly-minded artists, the band struggled to connect with audiences and was on the verge of disintegration.
Around that time Disston heard Sam Cooke's classic, "A Change is Gonna Come." Floored by the poignance of Cooke's voice, the band began experimenting with music that would allow Disston the same kind of vocal freedom. It was not long before the band had completely revamped their sound.
Raised on the rhythm sections of indie rock staples such as Spoon & The Walkmen, this new undertaking led the members of the band to dive deep into the catalogs of the Stax and Motown labels. By combining these two seemly different points of reference, Pickwick was able to cultivate a sound that was more organic and unique to the six members that compose the band.
As a nod to music from the past as well as their own love of vinyl recordings, Pickwick has begun to release their music through a series of 45's that are also available via digital download.
The band is currently working on writing material for their debut full-length album, expected to be released in 2012.
Born from the memory-dreams of yesterparents' vinyl, there's something aged about Radiation City that will take you away on nostalgia wiser than your years while thoughtfully reminiscing in something you've yet to hear. (Willamette Week)
The inspiration for Radiation City's newest output stems from an old piano. The piano has lived in drummer Randy Bemrose's basement for eons. It's old, cumbersome, and on it's last legs. The band used sounds from the piano throughout the recording of this new EP… not just the keys though, the clicks and clacks from the body, the slamming of the lid, and virtually every other sound you can imagine making on the piano. After they were finished, the piano was beat up, out of tune, and falling apart. Having used the old piano of all it's worth, and as a celebration of an intense year, Radiation City engaged in the ceremonial destruction of the old piano documented on the first single's video, "Find it of Use.
Cool Nightmare is the followup to the dream-pop quintet's acclaimed debut, The Hands That Take You, released this past fall on Tender Loving Empire (Typhoon, Loch Lomond). Originally out via cassette on Radiation City founders Cameron Spies and Lizzy Ellison's cassette-only record label Apes Tapes, The Hands That Take You has been lauded by MTV, ELLE, Brooklyn Vegan, Paste, FuseTV, Prefix, and The L Magazine.
Radiation City is influenced by certain staple macro-genres such as 60?s bossa nova and Chicago jazz, but their version of this classical sound is supported by irresistible pop vocal hooks and the employment of minimal electronics which provide rhythm but leave plenty of space. The band will soon embark on their first trip to SXSW as part of a tour that will take them down the West Coast and through the Midwest.
Radiation City is Lizzy Ellison (vocals, keys), Cameron Spies (guitar, vocals), Randy Bemrose (drums, vocals), Matt Rafferty (bass, vocals), Patti King (vocals, keys, bass).
Sandy's is a new project from Alexi Glickman of Big Star-infused guitar-pop in reverby open tunings. Featuring Jeremy Black (Apollo Sunshine), Brett Simundson & Nelson Saarino (Rustangs). Alexi Glickman (Sandy) grew up writing songs and surfing in Santa Monica, the son of a choreographer and a scientist. In addition to his solo project, Sandy's, he sings in the Botticellis and plays drums in Little Wings and tracks sand into friends cars sometimes earning him his nickname. He believes in peace on earth and good will toward humankind.
Friday, March 8, 2013 from 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM