Wire with The Crocodile, KEXP and STG present DRILL: Seattle
By Sunlight, FF
2200 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121
This event is all ages
Helmet are pleased to announce the West Cost extension of their 2015 United States Betty Tour.
The band will be playing their critically lauded 1994 Betty album from start to finish, followed by a second set spanning the entirety of Helmet’s catalog.
Billed as the “thinking man’s metal band,” Helmet provided an alternative to the grunge bands of the time with their clean cut aesthetic and raw, unrelenting, propulsive sound. Betty came on the trails of the band’s first mainstream success, 1992’s Meantime. The cut “Milquetoast” became a music video staple on MTV and the album was critically praised for its genre-defying exploration into jazz, blues and improvisation. As music writer Darrell Bassett wrote upon the album’s release, “The thump and grind of Betty fully reflects the seemingly meaningless forces that shape our hi-tech existences, the inner pressure that waxes and wanes as life’s pace explodes exponentially and its occasional moments of grace. Betty is a surprising album, one which grows as it unfolds its subtleties.” A prophetic statement if ever there was one.
“Helmet made rhythmically complex steely-riffed alterna-metal that punished your body from weird angles…” – Rolling Stone
“Helmet have carved – or, rather, bludgeoned – a niche as primary exponents of pummeling, monolithic, heavy guitar-rock. The sheer size and power of their sound dwarfs all but the most extreme of hardcore
bands, but there’s a precision to Helmet’s sound that sets them apart.”
– Time Off Magazine (1994 Betty album review)
Seattle indie rock band By Sunlight plays dynamic music made of equal parts shimmer and punch. With chiming guitars, sterling vocals, a powerful rhythm section and unpredictable sonic arrangements, the band creates rock music that sounds only like itself.
Originally based in Sacramento, By Sunlight released their debut album, The Underscore, in 2005 (under the band name Bridges). Two years later, after numerous tours and a few lineup changes, they moved to Seattle. In 2008, the band changed its name to By Sunlight and released a self-titled album (available at bysunlight.com, as well as major online music stores). They're currently working on a new record that will be released in 2012.
By Sunlight's live performances are intense, compelling, and entirely worthy of the buzz that they generate with each successive tour. As one reviewer has noted: "Best to get in on this act early."
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