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The Bitter Roots / Press

“Q: How would you say the Bitter Roots have evolved creatively over the years? A: The songwriting philosophy for the Bitter Roots has stayed pretty consistent. I have a pair of Guild jumbo body acoustic guitars that I have written all the songs on. The overriding principal has always been can I break this song down to just me singing and playing on this guitar and still have it come off as something interesting. I am always trying to balance my hard aggressive rock tendencies with the prettier bits. Chiaroscuro, the light and the dark.”

“Each week, listeners determine the Top Ten Songs chart playlist based on which songs are streamed and downloaded the most from the previous week’s posts... “Family Ties” – The Bitter Roots from Chiaroscuro”

“Since this early connection to Ballard, The Bitter Roots have built both their sound and their fan base here in the Pacific Northwest. 2013 has been a great year for the band as they have been finding success and playing gigs all over Seattle.”

“The Bands That Rock playlist and profile series reviews rock bands, often DIY or under-the-radar, whose talents should not go unnoticed. Most of the bands in this series – as with many other of our playlist series – sent their music in for review. In fact, we receive close to, or more than, a hundred submissions a month. In the past, the Bands that Rock series has been popular with IRC readers, and this marks the fifth installment of this particular series, highlighting the bands Tsar, Dreamers, Eight Feet Deep, The Bitter Roots and The New Self Defense.”

“Local Ballard band The Bitter Roots released their latest music video “More Pretty” last week. The video was shot in Ballard and is the latest single for the band that formed in our neighborhood in 2008.”

“The Bitter Roots starts out with a really tough song which is called For King and country which mixes metal and punk with classic rock in a really good way. In Soldier On I think about Dinosaur Jr and their distorted guitars and I am really positively surprised of this record. A little bit like a compilation of different artists but I like this and you never get tired of the record.”

“The sound of the album, overall, is vintage indie alternative and recorded live in the studio to analog tape."Chiaroscuro" is a record which jumps all over it's influences and heroes. Here and there, they'll remind you of Surferosa (the album) and The Church, and in parts, you can pick up a definite liking for Seattle's pride and joy aka Kurt Cobain. Not too shabby”

“THE BITTER ROOTS prefer the old fashioned more interesting way of recording, which is recording live to Analog Tape. The result is an all-original authentic recording that makes THE BITTER ROOTS a recommended band to check out.”

“Good, fairly heavy guitars combine with smooth light vocals to create some very cheerful sounding rock music. There’s plenty of variation in terms of pace and power, so there’s a nice amount of diversity in the album which helps keep it interesting with repeated plays.”

“Seattle, USA. This city shows the ideal breeding ground for musicians who have rock music flowing in their veins and the feeling of something creative to do with it.- Freddy Celis ”

“A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? This week Jeff Stetson, vocalist of Seattle soul rock band The Bitter Roots, delves into the "hidden costs of war," recording in Ballard and blues drumming.”

“When The Bitter Roots reach a high point, they really launch into the stratosphere. “Falling” glides on a descending acoustic arpeggio. The interplay between lead and backing vocals creates some excellent harmonies that gradually rise throughout the chorus. Due to the wonderfully low-key production, the entire song feels like it could have been played live in your living room.”

“A few months back, Stranger freelancer and regular nut job Travis Ritter asked Line Out readers what artists they thought were regularly overlooked by this paper's music department. The post got like 80,000 comments, and an overwhelming number of them mentioned the Bitter Roots.”

“Seattle musicians Jeff Stetson and Ben Koostra haven't lived in Missoula for over a decade, but there are obvious clues they're still tied here. For one thing, their band is called The Bitter Roots—a tribute to the Bitterroot Mountains. It's a catchy record, not necessarily classifiable but with some of the remnants—minor chord riffing and melodic yearning—that marked the early '90s era of underground rock.”

“Influenced by the music of Bands like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Smiths, The Cure, Cole Porter and Bob Marley, Stetson writes catchy classic sounding rock tunes recorded entirely analog and have that "live-on-tape" sound. Certainly some songs have hit potential - Freddy Celis”

“n a room full of chatter and the clanking of dishes, Jeff Stetson sits alone on a small stage. Unassuming in his jeans and short-sleeved tee, his smoky vocals command the attention of the room from the first line of his opening song ‘Separate Boxes’.”

“The Bitter Roots’ music is their own unique blend of soulful vocals and guitar-driven rock. The smooth melodies lay effortlessly over drum lines that make it impossible to resist toe-tapping or head-bobbing along.”

“While some truly great music has been created through digital manipulation, the straightforward guitar, bass, and drum combination is more difficult to find in new bands. Luckily, The Bitter Roots are on the scene to make fans remember why classic rock is classic in the first place.”