Sippin’ on Gin and Juice

If you live in Seattle you are probably aware that the Long Winters‘ John Roderick writes a semi-weekly column for the Seattle Weekly.  This week’s column was about all of the unsung bands in Seattle playing gigs on lonely Tuesday nights with no one taking any notice.  I wish I had the young stamina to make it out regularly on a Tuesday and Wednesday night for the known and the unknown. Case in point I missed Davila 666 last night because I opted for sleep. I digress.  There was a link in Roderick’s column to an ongoing series where the Weekly is reviewing Tuesday night shows around town of virtually unknown bands. The one that jumped out at me was Posse. Maybe it was the hand drawn photo or maybe it was because they played a show I had wanted to see with Colleen Green and Fergus & Geronimo at the Sunset a few weeks back but missed because of it’s school night scheduling.

The whole point of that previous rambling paragraph was to to tell you about how I found out about Posse. I wonder if they’re named after the Sir Mix-A-Lot song? Are they keeping the indiepop-hip hop connection alive? Anyone remember Sissy Bar‘s version of Gin and Juice?  No Matter. Posse are fully formed at six months.  They’ve definitely got a 90’s thing going that hits a sweat spot in me these days.  The boy-girl vocals are reminiscent of both Yo La Tengo and Versus.  Sacha Maxim has such a sweet voice that makes me weak in the knees the way Fontain Toups and Bridget Cross use to do and Paul Witmann kinda sounds like Mark Mulcahy of Miracle Legion. There’s a slight jangle and country element  with a hint of ramshackle  to their sound that conjures up so many great bands of the past, but as you know influences are a dime a dozen. It’s the songs that count and Posse excel in that capacity too (evidence below).  Yeah, Tullycraft may have called it quits, but with Math & Physics Club, Seapony, Webelos and now Posse, their is no dearth of indiepop in Seattle!

mp3: Posse – Interesting Idea No. 2

mp3: Posse – Sarah

Head over to Posse’s Bandcamp page where you can download a few more songs, and see them at the Funhouse this Sunday night, April 3rd.

Super Wild Horses

This whole go back to the 90’s thing isn’t just for guy bands. Amy Franz and Hayley McKee of Melbourne, Australia duo Super Wild Horses are conjuring the recent past on their debut album 15 just released on Hozac in the States and Aarght! in their home country.  Its bouncy rhythms have a playful Tuscadero feel to them, though I don’t think Super Wild Horses are as hopped up on sugar as Tuscadero were back in the day.  Fifteen also owes a little to the Columbus, Ohio trio Scrawl.  On the more somber songs with the their sparse guitar and drum arrangements and general disposition, they might have you believing that they actually splintered from the Scrawl family tree somewhere in the recent past. Marcy May’s songs in Scrawl often dealt in heartbreak and loss and Scrawl’s sound was often described as sparse and dour, but they could also be accused of rocking out as good as any boy band. On 15, songs like Goldentown and We Don’t Believe It evoke that bleakness, but let a ray of sunshine in, something Scrawl rarely did.

Fifteen was recorded with Eddy Current Suppression Ring‘s Mikey Young who also recorded their six song EP on Aarght! that sold out pretty quickly last year.  His deft hand dresses up the record just enough but not too much, letting the songs and voices of Franz and McKee through.  The ladies are heading over to the US for a string of dates that have them selectively hopping across the continent and inexplicably skipping  Seattle.

mp3: Super Wild Horses – Goldentown (from 15, buy it from Hozac)

mp3: Super Wild Horses – Mess Around (from 15, buy it from Hozac)

mp3: Tuscadero – Heat Lightnin’ (from The Pink Album)

mp3: Scrawl – Charles (from Smallmouth)

mp3: Scrawl – Prize (from Velvet Hammer)

mp3: Scrawl – Reuters (Wire cover from Simple Machines 7″/compilation)

Find some scrawl records here.

Super Wild Horses Tour Dates:

September 16: Brooklyn, NY – Cameo Gallery
September 17: Phildelphia, PA – Cha-Cha Razzi
September 18: Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
September 19: Chicago, IL – Permanent Records
September 23: Memphis, TN – Gonerfest
September 27: New Orleans, LA – Saturn Bar
September 28: Austin, TX – Beerland
September 29: Austin, TX – Club 1808
October 1: San Francisco, CA – The Hemlock Tavern
October 2: Davis, CA – Maximum Freedom Festival