By now you already know—per Eric’s recommendation in the Up & Coming section—that Friday’s Grass Widow/Coasting/Broken Water show at Healthy Times Fun Club is a must-see. One name was absent from that listing, however: locals Witch Gardens, a spooky pop outfit whose songs I adore but have yet to experience live.
Regardless, I feel pretty safe in adding them to the list of reasons to make it out to this gig tomorrow. If nothing else, this hand-made poster for the concert (by Witch Gardens member and Stranger alum Casey Catherwood) is justification enough. Casey’s quickly becoming my favorite local poster-maker, because no one else would have the moxie to attempt so weird a spin on the “mini-comic-as-poster” idea:
As for their music, Witch Gardens are ace. Previously, I’ve cited myself previously describing their sound as “a twisted, moldered, and sun-bleached kind of faraway pop,” but let me add that their hooks are flammable (if muted in recordings by lo-fi gauziness), and the overall effect is one of drowsily overheard playground anthems. Next time I won’t repeat myself.
Broken Water are also semi-local (they hail from Olympia), and I wish I’d been hip to their ably rendered shoegaze back when i had my weekly ‘gaze-for-days college radio show. Oh, well.