An effervescent debut album by Seattle's The Shorewoods.
Forever reeling from their spate of radio play in such exotic ports as Portugal (thanks, BangBang), France (thank you, Pop Dreams), Germany, and, er, Syracuse, New York (thanks WXXE!), The Shorewoods invite you to sample what discerning international pop aficionados have discovered!
Clever lyrics arrive in the layered vocals of songwriters Joe Lawless (who also plays with Trevor and The Joneses) and Sean Bentley, amid the sumptuous interplay of 6 and 12-string guitars: jangling, chiming, buzzing, acoustic, electric. This is a guitar band, friends! Seattle music-scene veterans Mike Bristow (bass) and Jay Weaver (drums) provide the pungent rhythm, with occasional visits from keyboards, woodwinds, and tuned espresso machine.
The band shares a love of power pop and their roots run deep and broad from 60s folk, 'sunshine pop,' and psychedelia to punk and ska, from complex 70s 'prog' rock to the concise, bittersweet dissonance of 21st Century 'alternative' pop. You'll bathe in nearly an hour's worth of 14 literate, melodic, danceable, power-pop gems, influenced by musicians as diverse as Elvis Costello, The Byrds, Sloan, The Jam, Wilco, Robyn Hitchcock, The dBs, XTC, Squeeze ... but always retaining a unique sound.
Beginning in 1998, The Shorewoods performed as an electric quartet and an acoustic duo in numerous venues in the Seattle area until roughly, 2005. This studio disc, recorded at Seattle's famous Egg Studios by the talented Mr. Johnny Sangster, captures The Shorewoods' full, eclectic texture and oomph.