\"In keeping with the recent local emphasis, Global Seepej\'s newest offering, Sounds From the Seattle Underground, is a joint compilation created in partnership with Matt Ashworth, editor of Seattle music \'zine Nadamucho.com. And even though some of Seattle\'s indie-rock royalty wanted in on the compilation, Toschi went for promising up-and-comers over the usual suspects. The result is an impressive sampler of punk, alt-country and indie pop, from Hazelwood Motel\'s \"Break Myself in Two\" to Iceage Cobra\'s \"Baconface Sweepstakes.\" And the At the Spine rocker \"Meteorite\" contains one hell of a breakdown.\" (Seattle Weekly, Best of Seattle, WA, Aug 2008)
Global Seepej Records and NadaMucho.com began within a year of each other in the mid 90s, but it wasn’t until 2003 that the two independent organizations crossed paths.
Nada High Potentate Matt Ashworth received the debut At the Spine album, The Curriculum is Never Neutral, at his basement office in Kent, Washington and quickly invited the band to play New Music Monday, a weekly showcase for emerging local bands.
Within months, Ashworth and ATS front man and Global Seepej head Mike Toschi formed an informal partnership based on their shared love of music and community.
After discussing the idea for a few years, Ashworth caught Toschi on the phone drinking free beer and with a new union day job and he agreed to put out the compilation to celebrate Global Seepej’s 12th anniversary. Songs from the Seattle Underground is the first recorded manifestation of that partnership.
The album’s premise is simple: bring exposure to deserving independent musicians in the Puget Sound area through the power of community.
Tracks for \"Sounds\" were selected from nearly 300 submissions after a 3-month casting call to Puget Sound area artists, and reflect a broad range of styles within the larger pop/rock classification.
The album opens in classic Nada form, with a tongue-in-cheek welcome delivered by a would-be Spanish radio announcer, then launches quickly in to the propulsive, melodic punk of At the Spine’s “Meteorite,” an updated version of the track from 2007’s Sonic Resistance.
From there, Sounds runs through sixteen more carefully selected songs from artists set to emerge in to the regional and national spotlight.
Highlights include Head Like a Kite’s catchy alt-rock on “Noisy at the Circus” (featuring Aysa of Smoosh), the fist-pumping rock of Iceage Cobra’s “Baconface Sweepstakes,” and the more tender indie rock of “Out Like This,” from Katherine Hepburn’s Voice.
Full track list:
2. At the Spine – Meteorite
3. The Tea Cozies – Tranciting
4. Head Like a Kite – Noisy at the Circus
5. Hazelwood Motel – Break Myself in Two
6. The Lonely Forest – You Move
7. Pufferfish – Rest Stop
8. Amateur Radio Operator – Strobe Light
9. Chris Klepac – Beezelbub’s Tale to His Grandson
10. The Wastelanders – Pride & Strawberry Wine
11. WhoTheHells – Runnin’ with an Axe
12. Iceage Cobra – Baconface Sweepstakes
13. Eastern Grip – Boots
14. C-Leb & A-Bro – Early Summertime Blues #1
15. The Endeavors – On the Mouth
16. Spaces – Flatland
17. Katherine Hepburn’s Voice – Out Like This
18. Elder Mason – The Revival
PRESS FOR THESE BANDS:
At the Spine
o \"Propulsive drums and epic guitar. If Zorro was in a band it could sound like this.\" – AMERICANA UK
o \"Even after a few listens (the album) keeps on revealing quirky new hooks, new layers.\" –TIME OUT NY
The Tea Cozies
o \"The precocious child of Brit and indie pop…. sound as great as any of their influences.\" –DENVER WESTWORD
o \"Steeped in the transcendent pop of Elastica and the Breeders, stirred in with the soulful swoon of PJ Harvey or Mazzy Star, and topped with the cockeyed, ramshackle energy of early Talking Heads.\" –THE STRANGER
Head Like a Kite
o 5 OUT OF 5 -- \"Georgeous pop melodies with electronica bleeps\" – ALTERNATIVE PRESS.
o \"Sonic Youth guitar treatments upon Stereolab keyboards on top of Primal Scream-style vocal loops....a well-edited scrapbook of retro-futurism.\" – MAGNET
o “the band can grasp a pop hook….a level of liveliness that, say, M. Ward could be comfortable with.” – THREE IMAGINARY GIRLS
The Lonely Forest
o “…have created a new world of their own, an alternate dimension sprouted from the imaginations of boys with a lot of space, time, and probably pot at their fingertips.\" – THE STRANGER
o \"… gorgeous… a multifaceted experience of art and story that will leave you awestruck.\" –MERCURIAL SOUND
o Rated #66 on KEXP 90.3 Seattle’s list of best 93 albums of 2006.
Amateur Radio Operator
o …perfect late night, candle lit listening but be warned it’s not for the faint hearted or easily spooked. \"– AMERICANA-UK
o “… might make you look-over-your-shoulder edgy. It’s tense, dark, vaguely sinister” – SEATTLE TIMES
o “…..filled with delicious rock goodness. “Pride and Strawberry Wine” is where the true talent of their music begins to come through. – WHAT’S UP MAGAZINE
o \"…spills over with tightly wrought power chords and feel-good, hard-rock barrages…” – THE STRANGER
o “…there is no doubting their musical ability and let\'s praise the fortune that they use these gifts to play titanic music.” – THE WIG FITS ALL HEADS
o The drumming is sharp and hard, the guitars are sometimes jarring, and the bass and vocals both have a little bit of raw, post-hardcore edge. – THE STRANGER
C-Leb & A-Bro
o \"Their sound fit the moment: edgy and energetic with a touch of dark to it. Perfect for the Halloween bash and getting me and my friends out on the dance floor.\" – NWMUSICBLOG.COM
o \"The Endeavors commanded the stage and performed a full set of solid originals.” – SOUND ON THE SOUND
Katherine Hepburn’s Voice
o “With an electro-funk sound interwoven with dashes of disco, they still manage to sound strangely familiar…” – THE BELLINGHAM HERALD