Dresses // Tomten // The Hoot Hoots
MIKE THRASHER and CHOP SUEY Present:
“I Never Meant It To Be Like This” places Cumulus squarely alongside contemporary acts like Best Coast, The Dum Dum Girls, and Tennis, while reaching back to a not-so-distant golden age of indie pop when good bands had hits, and the knack for wide-readership hooks (Elastica, Veruca Salt, Juliana Hatfield) and loud guitars (Yo La Tengo, My Bloody Valentine’s first album) didn’t preclude a heroic dose of delicacy (Heavenly, the Delgados, Velocity Girl, Tiger Trap). All of which is to say you could almost mistake Cumulus— who appear, let’s face it, pretty adorable—for twee if they didn’t rock so commandingly.
“Fans of the late, lamented the Dutchess and the Duke might find some solace in their Emerald City citymates Tomten. Not that the quartet attempts D&D’s dueling boy-girl campfire intimacy. Rather, Tomten shares a similar affinity for the smokiest, most world weary of all the amber-tinted folk-psych-pop made in the ’60s: Between the Buttons, Songs of Leonard Cohen, Chelsea Girl. Frontman Brian Noyeswatkins sounds like Mick Jagger at his “Lady Jane”-iest, as the band traffics in lovely, organ-augmented tones that flicker like candlelight. Their album Wednesday’s Children makes good on the promise of the Ta Ta Dana EP (whose title track makes a welcome reappearance on the full-length), and Tomten makes clear that they’re capable of making great tunes that stand on their own strength, no references to the past required.” – Portland Mercury
THE HOOT HOOTS
Fuzz, synths, sing-a-longs, and yes more fuzz! Seattle power pop quartet The Hoot Hoots bring all that and more and its obvious in both their live shows and in their two most recent releases, Feel The Cosmos and Appetite for Distraction.
Lead vocalist/guitarist Adam Prairie grew up with his brother/drummer Chris in the middle of Midwestern corn fields in Clifton, IL. The two played whiffle ball and Nintendo, watched the original Star Wars trilogy obsessively, and learned to play guitars, drums, and Casio keyboards in the bedroom they shared for most of their formative years.
Since then they’ve rounded out their sound with bassist Geoff Brown and keyboardist Christina Ellis, and they’ve released two albums, and their latest EP Feel the Cosmos was named Seattle Metropolitan Magazine’s album of the month. Indie Rock Cafe included them in their DIY Bands to Watch in 2013, and Seattle radio station KEXP named their single from Feel the Cosmos, Go For A Walk, song of the day for Jan. 18 2013, saying, “Even now in the band’s early stages, we are seeing some seriously promising omens of success from the Hoot Hoots, and their newest release, Feel The Cosmos, is of course no exception.”
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