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Monday, January 14, 2008

The Lonesome, Crowded East

posted by on January 14 at 11:43 AM

Jeff Kirby has a great feature in this week’s paper about both the past and present young music scene thriving on the Eastside.

It’s a rainy Wednesday night in Issaquah. I arrive at an average-looking house off the downtown drag and make my way around to the side door, following my ears. The small basement, half of which is a makeshift bedroom, is crowded with 30 or so startlingly young faces, most in the beginning throes of high school. Someone is wailing a song about pyramids over lo-fi homemade beats as the crowd stares in the dark. I find the show’s organizer, Jayden Long, the 16-year-old bassist of the band Seahouse. I explain that I’m there to write an article about Eastside bands.

“It’s a good thing you came, then,” he says. “Because they’re all right here.”

While you read the full story, you can check out some of the songs the bands have posted on their Stranger Bands Page. Click on the band name to go to their page/bio, and click on the song title to hear the MP3:

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Deer City

Deer City: “Sharpen Your Spears

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Seahouse

Seahouse: “Summer

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Shed

Shed: “Car Song

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Last Slice of Butter

Last Slice of Butter: “Powers Ten

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1

kids be crazy on the eastside. everyone was so excited and weirded out by the article. it was heavily myspaced about.

Posted by erik | January 15, 2008 11:02 AM
2

Great article. I wish there were some decent clubs for adults on the Eastside, tho. Even one place on a par with, say, Neumos or the Showbox, would be great.

Posted by rk | January 15, 2008 7:35 PM

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