Mercer x Summit Block Party 2017

Presented by Maverick Live, Do206, KEXP, Slummit Productions, Freakout Records, The Vera Project

Mercer x Summit Block Party 2017

SMOKEY BRIGHTS, Acapulco Lips, youryoungbody, Sleeping Lessons, Spirit Award, Versing, Great Spiders, Bod, Black Whales, Wyatt Blair, Moon Darling, Eastern Souvenirs, Mirror Ferrari, LovFmly, Senor Fin, Haunted Horses

Sat · August 19, 2017

Doors: 1:00 pm / Show: 2:00 pm

$0.00

This event is all ages

So Pitted
So Pitted
SMOKEY BRIGHTS
SMOKEY BRIGHTS
On a frigid January morning, Seattle quintet Smokey Brights packed every piece of gear they owned into a van and set up a recording studio in a massive barn on a Christmas tree farm in rural Carnation, WA. With the help of Cameron Spies and Elisabeth Ellison from Portland band Radiation City, the band filled their drafty, spooky studio with the sounds of what was to be their debut full length record, "Taste for Blood." After nine chilly days, stopping only to eat and sleep in a lofted apartment area above the barn, the crew emerged with an enigmatic and complex record. Rooted in 70's rock, the band traced surprising lines between new wave, folk, shoe gaze, Memphis soul, psychedelia, and blue color rock and roll. "Taste For Blood" hearkens back to a time when records were less of a collection of attempted singles, and more of holistic emotional journey, a lush landscape to get lost in.

The recording session started off what was to be a huge year for the group. In summer, singer/ guitarist Ryan Devlin and vocalist/ keyboardist Kim West got married, with the rest of the band in the wedding line. The band also brought their AM-pop-magic to a number of the Northwest's biggest festivals, including Timber! and Bumbershoot. Shortly thereafter, Smokey Brights released "Taste for Blood" to a resoundingly warm reception. The album – self-recorded, self-released, and entirely self-funded (no Kickstarter, no record deal, and no trust fund) – wound up on a number of "best of" lists, including that of DJs Marco Collins, Milo Miles, and Kevin Cole, and earned the band a spot in near constant rotation on KEXP. The record release show at Seattle's Tractor Tavern sold out before the doors even opened.

Despite these successes, the band remains as they have been since their beginnings in 2011: best friends. Bassist Jim Vermillion and drummer Nick Krivchenia have been hard forged brothers in rhythm for over a decade, having met studying audio engineering at Evergreen State. The two have been in bands ever since, including their experimental bass-loop duo Armed With Legs. Lead guitarist Mike Kalnoky and songwriter Ryan Devlin met playing in Seattle punk bands in the mid aughts, where Kalnoky's melodic and textural playing first caught Devlin's ear. Devlin and keyboardist Kim West have been playing music together at home for years and are delighted that their naturally harmonizing voices are reaching greater audiences. Through the countless hours of collaboration that has forged the band, the members have become even closer as friends. If Smokey Brights appear to be having a better time than anyone else in the room, it's because they probably are.
Acapulco Lips
Acapulco Lips
Acapulco Lips. The name twists the tongue a bit—wait, is it Apocolypse? The band did indeed emerge from a damp Seattle basement, but that's about the darkest visual of their origin story. Rather than a kiss with mortal doom and destruction, Acapulco Lips sound much more like a make-out session on a hot, salty beach, where summer is eternal and there's no notion of the fun stopping any time soon. If they happened to be anywhere close to the apocalypse itself, they would definitely celebrate by picking up their gear and rocking the last living daylights out of the final party in the history of civilization.

This trio is bound together by a studied adoration towards the loud, reckless, rebellious sonic traditions of psych, garage, soul, and surf rock. What comes out of these obsessions is the interpretation of the band's favorite Sixties sounds, from transporting guitar jangles, assertively revved up percussion, boogie-friendly bass breakdowns, topped with disarmingly charming coos and aahs.

Maria-Elena Juarez, originally from Austin, supplies the vox on top and the bass below, galvanizing their live performances with radiant, bubbling style and energy on stage. Christopher Garland, from Seattle, delivers waves of surf solos distorted through a thick layer of fuzz. Davy Berruyer, hailing from Grenoble, France, brings his drumming to the front of your ears and the tips of your tapping toes, his approach steeped in classic rock 'n' roll stylings. Together, their buoyantly spirited live performances have made them stalwarts in the Seattle scene, billed on almost any show in town that's being buzzed as the best party of the week.

This is good times music that will get you out of your blahs, though what's often addressed in these songs are precise moments of romantic disintegration, disappointment, and dread. Whatever—it's rock 'n' roll! Acapulco Lips seem to know that the best way to dress a heart's wound is to get up, move your feet, and pretend you're stomping on the hearts of your formerly beloved. No matter what loser shut the door in your face that day, you can dance it all away tonight.

The Seattle trio is releasing Acapulco Lips on April 15, 2016, put out by the freshly-minted Killroom Records. Catch them as they tour the West Coast, April 16th through April 29th, 2016. You can pre-order their record now, at killroomrecords.bandcamp.com—when it arrives, stash your copy in your doomsday prep kit…just in case.
youryoungbody
Sleeping Lessons
Sleeping Lessons
Sleeping Lessons is the latest Seattle indie-rock band on the block made up of a variety of projects ranging from international b-boy sensation Don’t Talk To The Cops, Seattle surf staples The Echo Echo Echoes, and backing the indie-folk prodigy Sophia Duccini. While Terence Bonsey was championing basslines to breakdancing competitions around the world; Charlie Deane, Dan Moretti and Paul Kowalczyk were busy sharing bills with artists such as Car Seat Headrest, Washed Out, STRFKR and more. In less than a year since their debut on Seattle’s famed Big BLDG Bash Festival main stage, Sleeping Lessons have started to create some serious momentum for themselves across the world with their self-produced debut album Red Sprites.
Spirit Award
Former member of 'Pomegranates'. Current member of 'Zoolab'.
Versing
Versing
"one of Pacific Northwest's premier rock and roll bands" - Versing
Great Spiders
GREAT SPIDERS is a band from Seattle, WA. They are fronted by Omar Schambacher.
Bod
Born from deep within the firm abdominal muscles of the Puget Sound region in late 2013, Bod features members of Boat, Cumulus, Oberhofer, and Slowwave. Bod's sound is a vivid and wide spectrum: the fuzzed-out growl of a diamond-encrusted theropod, lost like a lion in canyons of smoke; the baroque harmonies of the well-dressed and undead; the static warble of a public broadcast ID; playful arabesque melodies gliding across the green-screen rings of Saturn. Bod draws influences from late 90's Bay Area art-rock, be-bop, kiwi-pop, grunge, glam, gaze, minimalism, punk, and recreational watercraft.
Black Whales
Black Whales
Black Whales is a five-piece band from Seattle. Their sound drifts between booming, almost danceable psychedelic anthems to darker and more ambient territories. Pulling heavily from groups that have inspired them over the years, the band draws comparisons to groups from The Velvet Underground, 13th Floor Elevators and The Jesus and Mary Chain to more modern day contemporaries such as Kurt Vile, The War On Drugs and Crocodiles.

Formed in the winter of 2008 by close friends and longtime collaborators Alex Robert (vocals, guitar) and Alan Foote (guitar), the pair soon found a third partner in drummer Davey Brozowski (drums) before adding Ryan Middleton (bass) and later, organ and keys were introduced to the sound.

During the first years, the band experimented with different genres and styles, adopting a reverb-soaked garage pop sound, while also experimenting a bit with the freak-folk genre.
Wyatt Blair
Wyatt Blair
*mr.elevator & the brain hotel*....*peach kelli pop*....*feeding people*....*cosmonauts*....*trmrs*.....*marz & the mess*
Moon Darling
Eastern Souvenirs
Eastern Souvenirs
Mirror Ferrari
Mirror Ferrari
LovFmly
Senor Fin
Haunted Horses
Haunted Horses
Haunted Horses is an industrial-punk duo hailing from Seattle, WA. Their sound has been described as bizarre and experimental, utilizing wall of noise techniques and thunderous drums galloping through dark tones. Seattle's The Stranger describes the band as "confrontational prog punk as imagined by a troupe of angry cave-dwelling Luddites, Haunted Horses manifest a furious onslaught of sound rarely found these days, at times channeling prime-era Liars in their cacophonies of claustrophobic angst." The project has a full-length album called Watcher, which has been described as "post-apocalyptic punk magic" (The Needle Drop).
Venue Information:
Chop Suey
1325 E Madison St
Seattle, WA, 98122
http://www.chopsuey.com/