If you’ve heard the name Sami Chohfi, it’s probably been in association with his band, Blue Helix, known in the Pacific Northwest for their melodic hard rock songs, such as ‘Anti-Social Butterfly’. But ‘It’s Just Me’, the debut solo single from Chohfi, is anything but hard rock – it’s just Sami, his acoustic guitar, and quiet, reflective vocals.
Born in Illinois and raised in California, Carly Marie Masten, who performs as C’Marie, is a singer, songwriter, and dancer. She started dancing at the age of 2, winning many national championships and dance scholarships from major dance conventions. C’Marie has worked with choreographers such as Dave Scott, and danced in music videos for the likes of Mindless Behaviour, Brian Freedman, and Cris Judd. She’s also appeared on TV, performing on Ellen, X Factor, and various programmes on Nickelodeon.
On first listening to ‘Splashdown’ by Heron, I’m reminded of Joe Satriani’s track, ‘Always With Me, Always With You’, from his breakthrough 1987 album, ‘Surfing With The Alien’. There’s also elements that suggest Mark Knopfler’s ‘Going Home’, from the film ‘Local Hero’. There’s maybe even a hint of Tommy Emmanuel there. None of this is to suggest Heron’s piece is derivative, but rather, it’s an indication of the incredible quality of the track.
Seattle’s MariBased1 is back with his latest hard and fast paced single, ‘Bouncin”. Bolstered by a music video which includes breathtakingly beautiful aerial shots of his neighbourhood by director Ife Adeniji, aka the Video Dope Dealer, it’s in stark contrast to the clip for his previous release, ‘DOE BOI’, which took us to the grimy backstreets of the town’s rougher neighbourhoods.
A little over a decade after punk kicked over the traces with its back to basics approach, a gaggle of lumberjack-shirted miscreants from Seattle picked up the baton and ran with it.
Reared on diet of hardcore, MC5 and The Stooges, Mudhoney were at the vanguard of the grunge revolution and their debut mini-album Superfuzz Bigmuff remains a defining document of the times.
Because of its geographic location at the very far west of the US, and its relative isolation, Seattle has developed a rap subculture like no other: there’s a distinct sound which marks it as different to any other in the country. Emerald City has produced the likes of Sir Mix-A-Lot, Macklemore, and DoNormaal, and their style is notable for its idiosyncratic storytelling, humour, and big personalities – as well as an unswerving commitment to honesty, MariBased1 is in this respect, a man of his city, and along with his label mate Mr Benjamin, is a proud exponent of Seattle hip hop. Their new track, ‘Doe Boi’, comes with a music video which shows a side of Seattle that tourists are unlikely to ever see.
Seattle based brother-sister duo, The Native Sibling, are comprised of Ryan and Kaylee Williams. Growing up playing music in different places, the pair started writing and singing together after years apart, after singing informally in a pub in Ireland. That night showed them that their individual musical desires were at a crossroads, and that what they really wanted – and needed – to do was play together.
Seattle’s Arisen From Nothing are back with their new single, ‘Better Off Dead’. The five piece band, comprising Jessie Brigham, Troy Elmore, Steven Pontius, Eric Hanson, and Brandon Fuller released their hard-hitting album ‘Broken’, in the autumn of 2017. The record came out on Montreal-based label Collective Wave Records.
Based in Seattle, Arisen From Nothing catch the listener’s attenion with their lethal brand of metal. The five-piece band is led by Jessie Bringham, with Troy Elmore and Steve Pontius on guitars, Eric Hanson on bass, and Brandon Fuller, who was previously a member of Ghost Town Rebellion, on drums. Arisen From Nothing’s album, ‘Broken’, is released through Montreal label, Collective Wave Records, and they’ve led off with the raw and stirring single, ‘Chaos’.
Hailing from Seattle, Washington, Minus The Bear have carved out their own unique place in the world of music over their 15 year career. They have recently released the video for their track, ‘Last Kiss’, which is the opening track on the band’s sixth studio album, ‘VOIDS’, via Suicide Squeeze Records.