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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Tonight in Music: Say Hi, Imaad Wasif, Hemingway, and Born Anchors

posted by on April 3 at 9:46 AM

sayhieyes.jpgSay Hi photo by M. Vorrasi

Say Hi, Siberian, Battle Hymns
(Chop Suey) Say Hi are a different band than they were in 2006, when I was introduced to them via Impeccable Blahs. Back then, Say Hi were called Say Hi to Your Mom, and they were based in Brooklyn, where founding (and sometimes only) member Eric Elbogen crafted sweet-natured, sleepy-eyed, instantly charming pop in his basement. Icing on the cake was the record’s cute all-vampires-all-the-time theme. Say Hi’s new album, The Wishes and the Glitch, finds the band relocated to Seattle, ditching the vampires, and successfully experimenting with a more aggressive sound. Clearly, something here sits right with Elbogen; the strongest track is an ode to his new home called “Northwestern Girls,” a cresting, emotional electro-pop number that ends with Elbogen unstably chanting, “It must be in the air here….” MEGAN SELING

Click here to listen to Say Hi’s “Northwestern Girls.”

The Abodox, Times of Desperation, Sean, Hemingway
(Comet) Now-defunct Seattle noisecore outfit Playing Enemy seemed on a mission to create the most unapproachable and dissonant music possible. With the departure of drummer Andrew Gormley, remaining members Demian Johnston and Shane Mehling continued to walk the path of discord with the simultaneously more abrasive and more melodic project known as Hemingway. Balancing extremes ranging from Merzbow-esque white noise to folk compositions layered with loops and effects, Hemingway are certainly one of the more adventurous bands to bare the “experimental” tag. Further demonstrating their sonic range, upcoming releases for the duo include a split with Triumph of Lethargy and a collaboration with Japanese cyberpunk poet Kenji Siratori. Show up and find out what kind of weirdness Hemingway are currently leveling against their audience. BRIAN COOK

Click here to listen to Hemingway.


Imaad Wasif, Bill Horist, Cat Among Pigeons
(Sunset) One must approach the solo record of the session guitarist and live sideman with a certain degree of skepticism. Will there be wanky guitar solos? Second-string songwriting? Dilettante genre dabbling? These are serious pitfalls. Thankfully, Imaad Wasif (most recently found gunslinging for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) handily avoids all of these on his latest release, Strange Hexes, recorded with backing band Two Part Beast. Yes, there are roiling, occasionally overflowing guitars, but they’re tightly contained, carefully deployed, and the songwritingódroning and spare slowcore, then raucous and raw rock, driven throughout by inviting, soft-spoken vocalsóis perfectly satisfying. None of which should surprise those who better remember Wasif as one half of the manic-depressive Lowercase. ERIC GRANDY

And don’t forget, tonight’s also the night Born Anchors play for free at the Gibson Showroom in Pioneer Square as part of Chris Thompson’s new art show. Read more about it here.

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Everybody come to that Imaad Wasif show. I hear the opening band is really good.

Posted by Jerod | April 3, 2008 12:48 PM

Fuck yea Cook! Bout time someone in this city gave some press to a band thats well deserving, Hemingway, what!?!

Posted by Adrian | April 3, 2008 3:20 PM

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