Date and Time
Friday, January 18th, 2013 at 8:00pm
The Crocodile Presents
BECK'S SONG READER
Tix and Info: http://thecrocodile.com/events/6801758/slow-bunny-true-spokes
$10 / $12 | 8 PM Doors | All Ages + Bar with ID
In the wake of Modern Guilt and The Information, Beck’s latest album comes in an almost-forgotten form—twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded. Complete with full-color, heyday-of- home-play-inspired art for each song and a lavishly produced hardcover carrying case (and, when necessary, ukelele notation), the Song Reader is an experiment in what an album can be at the end of 2012—an alternative that enlists the listener in the tone of every track, and that’s as visually absorbing as a dozen gatefold LPs put together.
The songs here are as unfailingly exciting as you’d expect from their author, but if you want to hear “Do We? We Do,” or “Don’t Act Like Your Heart Isn’t Hard,” bringing them to life depends on you.
That’s where we come in.
Join us for an evening of some of Seattle's finest musicians performing their interpretations of the 20 new songs released only as sheet music
"Seattle's Slow Bunny are eclectic maximalists. They may not always hit your sweet spot, but give 'em credit for dispersing their songwriting chops in many directions and striving for lofty stylistic crossbreeding. Flamboyant prog rock with a reggae bridge may not be your idea of sonic nirvana, but you have to admit few bands anywhere would think to attempt this. Raggedy bluegrass with drama-king vocals; Man Man–like, start-stop vaudeville punk; glam funk; and burly country rock also figure into Slow Bunny's arsenal of tricks. And "Jaws of the Butterfly" is a helluva blend of speed-freak noise rock and pastoral balladry. Overall, it's hard to detect tongue-in-cheekiness here, and the playing is tight." DAVE SEGAL
Through a decade of fearless, seat-of-the-pants music-making, countless live performances, and a handful of beloved albums, the Seattle quintet has developed that rare, magnetic combination of radio-ready songcraft and transportive instrumental chops. Through their annual Summer Meltdown festival—held in the beautiful Cascade mountains 12 years running—they’ve cultivated a legion of die-hard fans thirsty for unique music uniquely performed. Theirs is a musical ethos that’s both timeless and totally of the moment.
After all that history, the moment demands a fresh start. Which is why they are the True Spokes, not Flowmotion, as the band was known for the first ten years of its life. Flowmotion is now the True Spokes. The name change coincides with the release of their brand-new, eponymous album, and the timing couldn’t be better.
Massy Ferguson is a bar band in the best sense — not a band relegated to bars because it will never rise higher, but a band that plays music perfectly suited to dark, crowded rooms in which there's at least a possibility of a beer glass smashing against a wall.
The songs, filled with barflies, broken hearts and doomed late-night romance, would sound pretty good anywhere, though. Singer-bassist Ethan Anderson says the sound is Americana that leans more toward rock than country, and that's a pretty good description. Think Drive-By Truckers or some combination of Son Volt and The Hold Steady. Think Springsteen's "Greetings From Asbury Park" or "Nebraska." Those are all influences, as is 1970s Southern rock and good-time classic rock bands like Thin Lizzy.