February 9th, 2009
Every year, the Seattle’s Experience Music Project hosts the area’s biggest and greatest under-21 battle of the bands – Sound Off! Bands from Vancouve BC, to Vancouver WA and from Seattle to Pullman gather in the EMP’s Sky Church, one of Seattle’s best venues (if not entirely UNDERUSED) to duke it out in round robin style.
This years event kicks off on February 14th with a series of 3 semi-finals continuing each Saturday of Feb (Feb 21 and 28th) until the culmination where winners gather for the final on March 7th to play for the title. This year, the finals will also include a “wild card” band selected by the fans from a list of each semi-final’s second place winners. Ooohh… the drama!
Check out the lineup below for each semi-final and have a listen to each band – $7.00 students and EMP|SFM members, $10.00 general public. Call 206.770.2702 or 1.877.EMP.SFM1 to purchase tickets. (there are even FREE tix at the bottom here!)
Semi-Final #1 – Saturday Feb, 14 8:00
Dearboy – “You Live in Your Head”
Dyno Jamz – “Come Out and Play”
Love Trucker – “Come On and Dance”
Schoolboy Gutbuster – “Too Tired”
Semi-Final #2 – Saturday Feb, 21 8:00
Brier Rose – “I Thought I Was Much”
Free City Collective – “Twenty First Century Blues”
Makeup Monsters – “Calamine”
The Mission Orange – “Hammer Fever”
Semi-Final #3 – Saturday Feb, 28 8:00
Cyrus Fell Down – “The Epoch”
Kids Get Hit by Buses – “r0ck3tdOwn
Razpy – “When Im Down”
SOL – “Road Is Rough”
Sound Off! is a great venue for getting the community involved in Washington’s young music scene, and for giving these bands the foot-up they need to continue their trek. It’s proven over and over again to be a launching pad for the bands that make Seattle such a viable “City of Music.” Last year’s Sound Off! winners, New Faces, signed to Loveless almost immediately after their performance and already released an album. In the past, other now-known bands such as Schoolyard Heroes, Idiot Pilot, Mon Frere, The Lonely H, Dyme Def, The Lonely Forest and Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head have all battled it out in the finals and into our playlists.
With a track record like this, it’s all I can do to encourage you to check any and all of the rounds.
To help get you psyched about this year’s SOUND OFF!, Seattle Subsonic has s a killer Sound Off! package to give out that includes 2 Sound Off! 2009 T’s 2 Sound Off! 2009 CDs and a pair of tix to the Sound Off Finals. To enter, send an email here with SOUND OFF! in the subject (winner drawn Monday March 2nd)