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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Ships set sail

posted by on June 20 at 9:53 AM

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Jacob James’ new trio Ships made their debut last night (“our first show everrrrrrrrrrrrr”) at Chop Suey, opening for Saturna and the Boggs. Whether you know James as a member of the Lashes, or a solo singer-songwriter, Ships’ sound still comes as a bit of a pleasant surprise. To reduce it rock critic clichés: Keening vocals, atmospheric guitar FX, and epic songs (“They make a lot of noise for a three-piece,” noted Shane Jamison, soon-to-be-formerly-of-The Divorce). But the drama is in the music; James’ onstage demeanor is sweet and funny. Bonus: Sean Nelson joined them onstage for a Stone Roses cover, gracefully harmonizing along with James through what appeared to be an unplanned key change. Best part? Ships have a hammer dulcimer. As an integral part of their sound, i.e. the line-up: drums, guitar & vocals, and bass & hammer dulcimer. Spooky and cool. (Way cooler than that illustration implies; my photos came out too dark to post.) Keep an eye peeled for news of their next gig.

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Wow, with these guys and Origami Ghosts, Seattle now has two guit/bass/drums/hammer dulcimer bands! Take that, Portland!

Posted by Levislade | June 20, 2007 10:11 AM
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Cool! I just picked up an Ozark Mountain cassette - hammer dulcimer and assorted instruments pristinely doing renditions of Greensleeves, Hushabye, Turkey in the Straw, Haj Pada Pada, and other hits!

Just a final note, up on my Vox page, there are hints at next week's CHAC activities. Expect my challenge to be full of retro luddite-ful passing fads.

Posted by Garrett | June 20, 2007 10:45 AM
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Damn. Saturna were sure awesome last night!

Posted by Holly Day | June 20, 2007 11:03 AM
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Isn't the Shane in the Divorce named Shane BERRY?

Posted by matt | June 21, 2007 12:12 AM
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