T. Millls * El Corazon in Seattle, WA * 02.27.14
Review by T. Monte
Photos by Sunita Martini
T. Mills and company rolled through Seattle and hit El Corazon with a stellar wave of hip hop, youth, and reckless confidence. Hailing from Riverside, California, this was his second appearance here in the Emerald City. And, with a bigger library and more accolades under his belt, T. Mills continued to find his rhythm on the road.
The house was pumped and ready to bounce when he took the stage and opened with Right Song. Flowing into Leaving Home and Diemonds, outstretched arms waved together and occasionally caught a random high five from T. Mills. Tapping into his newly released ep “All I Wanna Do,” he played Somebody to Miss You before going into what he deemed “the sexual part of the set” with LA it Down. This started the ladies abuzz as he went about tossing around his gold microphone and generously doling out what I like to call winky eyes.
Careful there Mr. Mills, some of these gals skipped their algebra homework to be here. Wink wink.
Taking it way back (that’s a couple of years), one could sense that the zenith of the show was She Got A… The house sang along, happy and boisterous, while the sweat gave a transparency to Mills’ white button up shirt. On stage, Mills laid his talents bare. He finished his show with his latest single All I Wanna Do, handpicking members of the crowd to join him on stage. In the end, just about everyone was on stage shouting along, taking quick selfies, and generally enjoying the moment. T. Mills was lost in a bundle of arms. All in all, he played roughly a dozen songs, with an intro and outro built into his set list. His passion and energy left the bedazzled crowd wanting more as they sauntered slowly off the stage and milled around the floor. The lights were up, but nobody wanted to leave.
Xperience and Blackbear led the charge into the night. Xperience has been around plenty of big names and by now should have some affinity with Seattle, having toured with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in 2011 and 2012. He was joined on stage by Candy and JFK, as well as E-Jazzy, who added a nice contrast of female vocals to his lines. He took the time to personally say hi to the crowd after his set, which is always admirable.
Blackbear sure was fun, as most things are that come out of Hollywood. The range of sound created between him and his drummer at times were almost sublime, and it was a treat to watch him perform. Between the dramatic pauses and the intermittent high pitched hooks, Blackbear brought a different facet to the show that warrants some attention. He wasted no time in releasing a new single the following day. Keep up with these guys.
Somebody To Miss You
LA It Down
All I Wanna Do
The previous night floats back to me in pieces as I blankly throw my lunch bag onto the passenger seat. What all happened I’ll never be able to remember. I turn the key and see the enormous balloons. I put on my seatbelt and feel the confetti raining down on me. Surely this could go on all day. There’s too much to remember. Tiny pieces float back to me, and land inside my car…
Seriously. There’s confetti all over my seat.
Last night was Walk Off the Earth at Showbox Sodo. I feel like a person on the other side of a redeemed circus ticket. I am now a believer. The fire breathing, the ax throwing, and the mermaids – it was all real. Just ask the kids rubbing away the glitter from their eyes. And, while the five members of Walk Off the Earth are certainly more like easygoing hippies than scary carnie folk, they brought just as much excitement and talent to the stage. Casually sitting on top of the world, Walk Off the Earth was ready to have some fun.
Half of the instruments on stage appeared to have been fabricated, I think. I couldn’t tell you what the purpose of each one was, nor was I capable of accurately counting all of them as they flew between hands. I do know, however, that they had no problem playing every single one of them, all the while tossing them back and forth, substituting limbs, or standing on their heads (ok, I made that last one up). Combining all of these elements transformed the Sodo into a musical cornucopia, where every genre was given a seat at the table. The diverse talent among these five not-so-young souls brought four year olds and the 60-something alike together to enjoy the tunes. Surely it is a rare thing for bands to span generations and skip across time. These guys pull it off. Handily.
The lighting for the set was spectacular. To simplify: anyone singing had a spotlight, and their voices weaved in and out. Bam! You got yourself a light show! At no extra charge to boot.
The set list ranged from their originals to B.o.B and Jane’s Addiction covers. Of course, the zenith of the show was their popular hit Red Hands. Energetic and passionate, the drums blazed through the bridge and the warmth carried through the walls. Everyone was singing. Their crew was singing. Everyone, at a sold out show, was singing. Their encore consisted of Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know and was finished with Summer Vibe. Then they began giving away the instruments. Yep, I said “instruments” and “give away.”
One got the sense that Walk Off the Earth has a true love for their craft, and for their fans. Before they left the stage, they took the opportunity to jump into the crowd and take a picture for their Gang of Rhythm Tour, re: Seattle leg. Pass this one down to the grandkids…
Speaking of grandkids and lineage, this show also featured an onstage fan-to-fan proposal. Because Seattle is so rad, this proposal was actually initiated by the lady. He said yes. Tell the munchkins behind the curtain to turn up the SPECIAL factor.
The openers featured Camera2 and Parachute. Camera2 has just released their new single Appetite. These are four seasoned guys from Brooklyn embracing the new indie electronic sound. Check it out. You can definitely ride your bike or do your homework to this music.
Parachute opened without a hitch, blanketing the crowd with She is Love. Again, many faces in the crowd had their mouths open with synchronous, melodic syllables coming out. This show was so very enjoyable. It was a gem. I’m still shaking off the musical buzz.
Review by Tracey Monte
Photos by Sunita Martini
Walk Off The Earth
Ordered by concert date, I would highly recommend attending one, two, or all ten of these concert this March in Seattle. There is a nice split of music between genres to please everyone’s music taste. I hope to see you at a couple live shows this March. This month is probably the most exciting month for live music in Seattle so be sure to check your local venue to see all of the other insane artists playing this month in Seattle.
Can’t choose! This month’s number one recommendation would be see Lorde at the WaMu Theater. At just age 17 she has accomplished so much it been a whirlwind of year for her. Coming back to Seattle for the three time in just a few months Seattle seems to be on of her favorite cities. Only have the chance to go to one concert in March, this is the one we would recommend the most. Tickets still available.
Which concert are you most excited for or even already planning on attending?
We Are The In Crowd – El Corazon – 03/08
The Ataris – Showbox – 03/12
The Sounds – Neumos – 03/19
ZZ Top – Moore Theatre – 03/23
Bring Me The Horizon – Showbox – 03/24
Against Me! – Neptune Theatre – 03/25
Lorde – WaMu Theater – 03/26
St. Vincent – Moore Theatre – 03/26
Kings of Leon – Key Arena – 03/28
Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Showbox – 03/28
The tone for the evening was set before all the lights had been drawn, before the sound checks had fully finished.
Before you could run in line and grab a beer, the crowd surfing had already begun.
Fall of Troy took to the stage with an energy that matched the eagerness of the fans. Lead singer Thomas Erak’s spirited presence would be completely difficult to go unnoticed as he danced and careened his guitar high into the air. Still heavily strumming, he dropped to his knees as if to surrender to the crowd. Erak’s voice, however, never faltered.
As the surfing continued, Erak managed to fist pump many of the oncoming flailing body parts. A sea of fans rocked the floor, and at one moment he sensed his opportunity to join the wall of bodies. Erak jumped into the crowd while still managing to sing and play his guitar, and the elated fans around him fervently exchanged faces of did that just happen?! Not only were bassist Tim Ward and drummer Andrew Forsman backing up Erak’s vocals at this point, but the entire Showbox venue sang together. One got the sense that a unified army was approaching to destroy a certain city…
Fall of Troy’s intricate time signature is in step with their very complex guitar arrangements. When Ward’s howling screams and Erak’s clean vocals intertwined among Forsman’s beating pulse that was his drum set, the end result was a beautiful, melodic chaos.
Since disbanding in February of 2010, Fall of Troy had graced the stage only a handful of times late last year in Austin, Texas. The sighting at the Showbox was a rare chance to dust off an old favorite, and although the band has stated via their Facebook page that they do plan to tour and put out new music this year, for an avid fan this show was validation of the promises to come.
The opening bands for Fall of Troy were Sailor Mouth and Tacos! Sailor Mouth’s energy brought the crowd out and pushed the pit to a formidable size with their hard, metal sounds. The singer’s energy and skill with the mic stand were something to be reckoned with. The two person band that made up Tacos! created a mesmerizing visual. The drummer was on slaughter mode (while in a leopard skin leotard, I might add) while singing the weighty chorus lines. Both opening acts were nice complements to Fall of Troy and the show never left the audience out of anything but full swing.
Review by Tracey Monte
The Hol[ ]y Tape…
Laces Out, Dan!
I Just Got This Symphony Goin
Mouths Like Sidewinder Missiles
Act One, Scene One
You Got a Death Wish, Johnny Truant?
Reassurance Rests in the Sea
We Better Learn to Hotwire a Uterus
Cut Down All the Trees and Name the Streets After Them
What Sound Does a Mastodon Make?
Chapter I: Introverting Dimensions
Chapter V: The Walls Bled Lust
Photos By Sunita Martini
Fall of Troy
The first time anyone listens to Amos Lee it pretty obvious to know what genre of music he falls into. Folk with a little bit of country. When you really dive deep into his music and see his live performance you begin to see so much more. You can feel the R&B when you get goose bumps from his soulful voice. It happens when you hear more of the fast paces rock in song like “Scamps”. All this can ONLY be understood by attending a live Amos Lee concert.
The folk rock loving people of Seattle came out to the Paramount Theatre Monday night to witness just this. A scurfy-beared man named Amos Lee.
Backed up by a full band I was a little worried his band would over power all that is great about just Amos Lee. But it never did for a second. Only complimenting his soulful vocals, give him that little extra speed for those faster songs, and a great beat when he was just singing. With plenty of ballads and solo songs it was great to hear just Amos and his guitar.
Not only is Amos Lee a great performer he knew how to entertain the crowd in between each song. Weather it was a story or a small comment about the city there was laughing or cheers even when he was not singing. Of course he mentioned the Seahawks Super Bowl win. Cheers so loud he actually had to tell the crowd to shut up multiple time so he could tell the rest of his story. What got the greatest cheers was his comment about missing the Seattle Sonics who moved to Oklahoma in 2008. Being able to connect with the crowd on that level was a great thing to see an artist from Philly understand.
Currently touring the US on his spring tour this blusy folk rocker is bring everything to the table. On songs like ‘Bottom’ it’s easy to see him turn to a place where he feels most comfortable and not even notice anyone in the room. He was in his element and every could see that in the way he held each note and let out real emotion into each song. His influences coming to the surface helped connect the crowd to his personal process of writing each song. Reflecting on a song inspire by a friend who got divorced and struggles he went through. Amos Lee added the story has a happy ending. After the song was released his friend was much happier now that he had a song he could use to get the girls. So everything workout for the best for his San Francisco based friend.
Be sure to catch Amos Lee when he comes to your town this Spring. Lee is an passionate performer with some of the best folk rock blue touring the States right now.
MAN WHO WANTS YOU
WONT LET ME GO
THINKING ABOUT YOU