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The Bitter Roots / Bio

The Bitter Roots a band from Seattle are Jeff Stetson and Ben Koostra. The Bitter Roots began in 2008 when Ben moved to Seattle and reconnected with Jeff from long ago in the Missoula MT music scene. Ben a talented multi instrumentalist is the original drummer for Ein Heit and Silkworm. Jeff is the former leader of Missoula Bands Into the March and Chiseler. Jeff was in the process of shutting down manSaveman after 5 years and 4 albums in Seattle, writing new songs and putting together a new band when Ben showed up and agreed to join. 3 albums a self titled, Moral Hazard and Chiaroscuro emerged over the years as the band began to garner some attention from college radio stations around the country and from the press.

With the last album Chiaroscuro in 2013 the band had a very good year indeed: - Made the Indie Rock Cafe top 10. - Appeared in the Seattle Times Sunday Print Edition. - Featured on the July CMJ Mixtape. - Featured on the My Ballard blog twice. - KISW Loud and Local Band of week in May. - Charted to CMJ at a dozen stations from coast to coast including 2 #1s. - Featured in the Seattle Weekly tell us about your song series.

Noise Vibrations and Fumes is the 4th full length release for the band. This album is nothing short of evolutionary for the band. A cohesive set of songs that flows from one end to the other, stories dear to the heart, from the joy of love to the pain of death, stories of religion and the information age, this album has a little of everything, something for everyone. As with the band's previous albums, The new album was recorded by Jeff in his Water Works Hill Studios in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. The album was mixed by Floyd Reitsma at Studio Litho in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. Floyd is a veteran of the Seattle music scene and has recorded music for Dave Mathews, Pearl Jam and AudioSlave.

The Bitter Roots' music can best be described as driven soulful rock, guitar oriented and diverse, with vocal harmony and tight rhythms. The band draws from Punk, Metal, Garage and diverse Melodic Rock sounds from the West Coast to the UK to create a unique sound that is truly original. You may here influences from the likes of David Bowie, The Cure, Jane's Addiction, REM, Deftones, Nirvana and many others. The band records live to Analog Tape. We do not use Auto Tune. We do not use a Click Track.

General Info

Band Members
Jeff Stetson - Vocals/Guitars/Bass, Ben Koostra - Drums/Bass/Keys
Artist Name
The Bitter Roots
Profile Page
Rock / Alternative Rock / Punk

Contact Info

Seattle, WA

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