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Furniture Girls at SXSW: It's About the Music

We love music. We love listening to it, talking about it and (most of all) playing it. So when we were sitting in our hotel room the day after a show last weekend talking about whether or not we should drop everything next month and head to the biggest music festival in the country – South by Southwest in Austin, TX – the decision was simple: WE’RE GOING. We’re going to find out what other independent artists from around the country and around the world are up to. We’re going to tell them about Furniture Girls and what we’re up to. We’re going to support the bands from our hometown that are performing there this year. We’re going to find out what it’s like to spend a week surrounded by (literally) thousands of amazing artists and bands we've never seen or heard before. We’re going – because we love music.

CD Release Month: More fun than we've ever had. Ever.

Summer in Seattle is pretty awesome to begin with, but when you throw in the release of a debut album that's the product of years – literally, YEARS! – of hard work, time and effort by everyone in this band (with the help of Michael Cozzi and countless others), well... can it get much better? How I Learned to Crawl is a 100% independent release; there are no corporate money men behind the scenes, just US. We're producing, distributing and selling the whole thing ourselves, on our own record label, which is a lot of work, but it's also a LOT of fun. We'll be playing four shows in four different cities next month to get the word out about the album, but the week-long CD release party starts on Thursday, August 26th... That night, we're teaming up with DrinkGal.com to host a sneak preview CD listening party at The Nabob Bar in Seattle – the first chance for everyone (who's over 21 ;) to hear the whole album from start to finish! Plus, everyone who drops by that night will have a chance to pick up a signed, pre-release copy of How I Learned to Crawl, as well as a limited-edition Furniture Girls t-shirt! Oh, and did we mention that we'll also have a collection of Furniture Girls-themed cocktails designed by Jackie Moffett, the Drink Gal herself? And that if you bring your ticket to the CD release party, you can get that signed copy of the album for just ten bucks?! Seriously, summer doesn't get much better than this.

Festival Schedules Are Up!

We're playing a whole bunch of festival shows this spring/summer and right now you can find all the info you'll need to catch up with us at the events below. University Street Fair - May 15th http://www.udistrictstreetfair.org/2010Entertainment.html STIFF 2010 - June 5th http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Venues/Stiff?film=3977980 Rock n' Roll Seattle Marathon - June 26th http://seattle.competitor.com/entertainment/bands/ Bite of Seattle, Fisher Green Stage - July 17th http://www.comcastbiteofseattle.com/entertainment.php?placementid=208&venueid=7

What Do You Hear?

"What does your band sound like?". "How would you categorize your band?". These kinds of questions are what the majority of bands I know dread most. Personally, I don’t like telling people what I think we are like because that limits peoples’ abilities to form their own opinions. I also find it a difficult question to answer when you’re just doing your thing and not aiming for a formula. Not knocking those bands that successfully plan their sound around a formula, I’m just saying that’s not how I work. Sure, you can list your influences, but does that really accurately describe your sound? Probably not. Unfortunately, it’s a necessary evil that we face when trying to get bookings for clubs, festivals, airplay, etc. They need to know where to put you. So you try to come up with some vague, ambiguous category that hopefully won’t get too overwhelmingly sub-genred out. It’s my least favorite thing, to be honest. But since it’s something you can’t get away from, lately I’ve been trying to have a little fun with it. You can’t get too glib with industry folk, but with the average concert-goer- I think it’s totally ok to play around a little. At the bar after our set at Hayley’s in Everett, a nice guy named Evan began the conversation, “How would you categorize your band?”. Not wanting to be a smartass, but genuinely not wanting to answer the question, I threw it back at him- “how would you?”. “Goth R&B”, he said. I really got a kick out of his answer and it created in me a need to find out what other folks think. We played Jazzbones in Tacoma recently and I was told we sounded like, “Paramore meets Hole meets The Cranberries”. In the past, we’ve heard “My Bloody Valentine meets Throwing Muses” and “Siouxsie meets Prince”. While some comparisons leave me scratching my head a bit, I love them all. I find it really entertaining and somewhat insightful. So… this opens the discussion. I want to know from all of you – how would YOU describe our sound? What bands do we remind YOU of? Remember – there are no wrong answers & no comparisons too weird. Ready? And... GO!!! Thank you, ~Butterfly Hambone (aka ms. stayC)

New items in the Online Store

We've added a bunch of new shirt designs to our online store! Visit www.cafepress.com/furnituregirls to check out the new stuff!