For anyone that knows me well, they know my total affinity for my hometown of Nashville. It’s hard to compete with living in a locale known world-round as Music City U.S.A. Despite my desire to never leave this mecca of music, in the back of my mind there’s always been two cities I could see myself potentially living in at some point, one of those being the Emerald City. Let’s be honest: Seattle seems to have a monopoly on folk/pop bands like Silicon Valley has on software and technology. Their greatest recent exports are about as ubiquitous as it gets: Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Fleet Foxes, and The Head and the Heart? Yeah, these folks in the Pacific Northwest know what they’re doing.
Now, Seattle is poised to take the world by storm with a band that is finding a sound all their own and has the potential to be a household name as much as their predecessors: Pickwick. And folks, they are a band full of surprises the second you hear the Sam Cooke-esque voice of their lead singer, the bespectacled Galen Disston, who at first glance looks more likely to be the brother of Andy Samberg than the force-of-nature soul singer that he is. If I were to establish a bucket list of bands that I have to see, Pickwick would have to be the top or near the top of that list and it appears the rest of the country is going to be catching on to their talents as they are preparing their debut full-length now. In the meantime, download their three “Myths” EPs here.
Also, check out this incredible video put together by the Sound on the Sound, a truly exceptional Seattle music blog. It was filmed at Doe Bay Fest 2011, which is on my “Leap List” should I be lucky enough to grab tickets before the sell out (I think the over/under for that happening is 5 minutes, and I’m taking the under this time around).