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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

They’re Not 100% Instrumental, But…

posted by on April 8 at 13:30 PM

Cicadas are 100% fantastic. (Jeff Kirby thinks so too.)

In this week’s music section, I wrote about a few local instrumental bands making great music and combining other aspects of art into their live sets. I didn’t include Cicadas, but they’re another outfit you should know about if you’re prone to enjoy wordless music.


Obviously inspired by Botch and early (good) Dillinger Escape Plan, Bellingham’s Cicadas are far more technical than any other local instrumental act—more blistering, more ferocious. These dudes flaunt fast, stabbing guitar, head-spinning bass, and spastic drumming. They do start yelling at certain points in the song, so they’re not all music, no words. But you can’t tell what they’re saying at all, and it’s not often, so I’d still classify it in the instrumental vein.

Listen to them via MySpace.

Their next (and last?) show is April 29th with Akimbo at the Wild Buffalo in Bellingham.

And while you’re checking out some music, listen to the other instrumental bands highlighted in this week’s paper:

Sleepy Eyes of Death
“Eyes Spliced Open”

Panther Attack
“Frolic, Just Don’t Lick”

Bronze Fawn
“Ten is the New Five”

Joy Wants Eternity
“Above the Clouds Lies Eternal Sun”

“Oceanfloor Hijinks”

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Cicadas is going on an "indefinite hiatus." It makes my heart hurt. One of the best bands in Washington.

Posted by Jeff Kirby | April 8, 2008 1:49 PM

Sleepy Eyes make me wakey uppy.

Posted by trent moorman | April 8, 2008 1:57 PM

Megan, has Jeff let you hear Future City Fear yet? It was the band that he and Cicadas' Josh Holland were in a couple of years ago. Awesome stuff.

Posted by tallchris | April 8, 2008 3:05 PM

ooooh wasn't Cassidy from Sleepy Eyes in one of those Cicada bands too?

Sweet lil circle of life.

Posted by uh | April 8, 2008 4:18 PM

Megan, I'm getting really sick & tired of this whole "listening to decent music" thing.

Posted by Steve | April 8, 2008 8:16 PM

Chi8nese are a great Seattle instro band -

Posted by brianmyfatass | April 8, 2008 8:39 PM

So bummed about their hiatus. They are one of the best, if not in the top 5, bands in Bellingham.

Posted by Starbird | April 9, 2008 12:28 AM

and don't forget Waves & Radiation from Tacoma - a cool Pell Mell influence there.

Posted by 9ofdiscs | April 9, 2008 2:37 PM

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