4916 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA, 98118
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
There is something decidedly mystical about HAERTS' story and it's reflected in their sound, a kind of elegiac but warm electro-pop, which is showcased on their debut EP, "Hemiplegia." Fittingly, you can almost narrate the band's entire trajectory via the personal astrology charts of its members -- an international constellation composed of Nini Fabi, Ben Gebert, Garrett Ienner and Derek McWilliams. Every time something major has happened for HAERTS, it seems to center around the birthday of a band member or someone close to them.
HAERTS began in a small Greenpoint apartment in the early fall of 2010. Long time musical collaborators Nini Fabi and Ben Gebert hoped to locate that emotional and sonic spot between the familiar and unknown. If this all sounds a bit romantic, like the fantasy of many young musicians who seek out Brooklyn as the backdrop to their musical love affair, it's because it is.
"When we moved to America it was in the back of our minds that we would never come back," explains Fabi, who grew up in Germany and has known Gebert since they were on a swim team together as teenagers. "People always say that when you come to New York, you need to have a plan or something lined up. We had nothing lined up. We just came here. We knew we needed to live here and make music."
"Ben and I have known each other since we were fifteen," Fabi explains. "But at first I was hesitant to make music with him because he was a little further along and I was secretive." Fabi, who was born in Ohio before moving to Germany, was raised in a family where music and art was extremely important and at the core of everything. "I sang with my sister," she says. But Gebert, a native German, had been playing piano since he was three and was composing his own music by age ten. "I studied formally in high school and we all went to college for music as well," Gebert recalls. "He came from that crazy classical schooling," Fabi says.
Vera Sola is a poet, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist.
A drifter performing her own songs alone in and out of dark bars under various pseudonyms, Vera Sola toured and recorded with a variety of artists, for a long while accompanying singer-songwriter Elvis Perkins on the road. She has in turn collaborated on film scores and provided original music for theater and performance art.
In early 2017, she experienced a total shift in relation to her voice and musicianship, and only then was she finally compelled to record and release her own songs. In the days following, hiding out in a studio in St. Louis, she wrote, arranged and performed all the parts on her upcoming LP 'Shades.'
Sound making, for her, has always been like mediumship. A channeling. There is no template for what it should be...no genre other than the strange night music within her, born more from intuition and surrender rather than any formal construction.