By Matt Crowley/The AS Review
This week the AS Productions Underground Coffeehouse concert series will be hosting a full lineup of bands in the Coffeehouse.
At 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18, Seattleites Hey Marseilles will play the Coffeehouse along with opener Let’s Get Lost.
Let’s Get Lost was previously known as Bedouin Jacks and have played several big venues, including Neumo’s in Seattle and sets at Seattle’s Bumbershoot Music Festival. Lead vocalist and pianist Nick Shadel, along with guitarist Peter Kowalczyk, bassist Will Gebenini and drummer Lorcan Shannon, play mostly piano-driven indie rock highlighted by Shadel’s whispery voice and interspersed vocal harmonies.
Hey Marseilles brings a sound similar to Spokanites Mon Cheri, one of delicately balanced “orchestral folk,” as they like to call it. They bring slow, swaying string-heavy music. There are often multiple voices in their songs, adding to the fullness of their sound, complemented by the medley of pianos, violins and accordions.
They have received praise from local music publications such as Sound NW and Three Imaginary Girls, and in the past have played Bumbershoot, SXSW and the Capitol Hill Block Party main stage. Their first album, “To Travels & Trunks,” was released in 2008.
Two days later, at 8 p.m. on Nov. 20, folk-punk rockers Insomniac Folklore will be joined by singer-songwriter Andrew Anderson. Anderson’s self-described “post-cowboy” brand of music is fast; too fast, one might think, for country music, a genre most of us associate with slide guitars and 4/4 time signatures. The opening of the song “Hawk,” for example, sounds less like something out of a Ford truck commercial and more like it came out of Guitar Hero. Of course, Anderson can slow it down too, breaking out the acoustic and banjo for songs like “Once Met a Girl” and “Necessary Casualties.”
Insomniac Folklore frontman Tyler Hentschel started the band after performing as a solo act and is joined by a “rotating cast of friends and family members.” You get a little bit of everything with Insomniac Folklore, who describe their music as “tantrum folk.” At times, Hentschel can be reserved and delicate, as he is with “North to the Future,” while other songs such as “It’s Only Folk Music” are bouncy, loud and almost mocking.
In the past Insomniac Folklore has opened for bands such as Fall of Troy and Schoolyard Heroes. Their most recent full-length album, “Oh Well,” was released in 2007.
Soon, visitors to the Underground Coffeehouse will be able to listen to bands like Insomniac Folklore while enjoying a cup of coffee or working on homework. The Underground Coffeehouse will be installing a listening station, similar to those you might see in record stores, to promote upcoming shows and new music. The listening station will hold multiple CDs that can be listened to through attached headphones.
ASP Pop Music has had the stations for a while and has used them at different locations across campus. Recently, they agreed to let the Coffeehouse use one while they use the other for their own promotional purposes.
“They should be up and running hopefully before Thanksgiving,” said Underground Coffeehouse Concert Series Assistant Coordinator Lora Mednick.
The station will be routinely refreshed with new artists. This way, “people will always be able to listen to something new,” Mednick said.
Coordinator Nick Duncan hopes the station will give students a better idea of who or what is coming to the Coffeehouse.
“It’s one thing to see a poster. … Now I can go the Underground and listen,” he said.
As always, the shows are free and open to the public.