I met Kellie Payne when she was my boss at the Egyptian Theater (RIP) during the March of the Penguins craze. During the 80-minute duration of the tragic penguin documentary, we'd shoot the shit and she'd blast the best post-punk playlists during our ("Cafe Cairo") concession stand hangouts, and eventually I started to become a fan of all of Kellie's various incredible bands.
At first, I was of a fan of guitar playing for the candy-core group the Snacks, then later her drumming for the dirty punk of Charming Snakes, party pop-rock of New Luck Toy and the Mermaids, the NW country-folk of See Me River, the Druid-wizarding of the Weirdlords and finally more recently on bass for the femme-punk goodness of Universe People. It's pretty sad to hear that such a Seattle music staple is moving away around the same time the Egyptian suddenly closed, but in honor of her upcoming move to Utah, she is going to be performing in all three bands at the Kellie Payne Farewell Show (I would like to think of it as "Kellie Fest").
Here are just a few of my favorite songs by Kellie Payne bands:
1.) Universe People, "Druids," This band is for fans of the Raincoats, Delta 5 and Liliput.
2.) The Charming Snakes, "Ammunition." The Charming Snakes were Seattle's answer to Sonic Youth's "Dirty."
3.) The Snacks, "Go, Tequito" The Snacks were four ladies who only sang about snacks, and threw fun-size candy bars into the crowd.
4.) See Me River, "Don't Pray For Blood" The dark, drunken country of See Me River is one of the most under-rated NW bands.
You can check out Kellie's shredding in Universe People, See Me River and the Mermaids for yourself at the Rendezvous this Friday. Farewell, Kellie Payne; Seattle thanks you for all your years of rock!