The Vera Project Presents:
Ecid, Tommy V, Graves33, Cars & Trains
Corner of Warren Ave. N & Republican St.
Seattle, WA, 98109
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is all ages
New Haven CT's Ceschi (pronounced chess-key) Ramos makes his own version of progressive hip hop spliced with elements of folk & indie rock. Although he has almost "mathy" technical rap abilities he's first and foremost a singer-songwriter at heart. Although one Ceschi song may consist of punk influenced machine gun fast raps, the next may be a quiet folk ballad played on acoustic guitar. Since the release of 2010's Dj Scientist produced conceptual psych-rock inspired hip hop record "The One Man Band Broke Up" Ceschi spent the last few years collaborating with an innumerable amount of today's most talented MC's, producers and artists of multiple genres including Sage Francis, Astronautalis & Radical Face. He's toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia & Australia with independent hip-hop heroes such as Busdriver & Sole and even created his own successful record label - Fake Four, Inc.- that many of these artists now call home.
At first glance most would think a skinny, blue-eyed hipster looking dude in a flannel with obnoxious Nike's to match, would be in a post-electro indie-band. But this is the 90's for the third time and one of rap's most exciting new voices, ECID, is not your average newsstand heartthrob. In 2012, with the release of Werewolf Hologram, he saw his sound realized in a major scope. The album reached #20 on the College Music Journal's Top 50 Hiphop Albums of 2012 list among many other accolades. It was an album fueled by life's harsh kicks to the family jewels and a newly found passion for heat yoga which completely changed his creative DNA. ECID was shiny and new again.
GRAVES 33 IS AN EVER EVOLVING RECORDING ARTIST FROM SEATTLE WASHINGTON. HE WAS RAISED IN A MUSICALLY ROOTED FAMILY. HIS FATHER, WORLD RENOWNED GUITARIST RANDY HANSEN, BEST KNOWN FOR HIS GUITAR WORK ON THE SOUNDTRACK OF FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA'S HIT FILM "APOCALYPSE NOW" IS PARTIALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR INTRODUCING A YOUNG 4 YEAR OLD GRAVES TO A SET OF DRUMS. GRAVES'S MOTHER, STRUGGLED TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE BUT WAS ALWAYS VERY SUPPORTIVE OF ALL HIS AMBITIONS. HIS FAMILY HAD TO MOVE AND AT AGE 13 (AROUND THE TIME HE STARTED LISTENING TO RAP MUSIC) HE WAS FORCED TO SACRIFICE THE COMFORTS OF A PERCUSSION FILLED GARAGE FOR THE CONFINES OF A 8'X10' BEDROOM IN WEST SEATTLE SO HE DECIDED TO SAVE FOR A SET OF TURNTABLES. GRAVES WAS A PASSIONATE SKATEBOARDER AT THAT TIME AND GREW UP WONDERING THE SEATTLE STREETS WRITING GRAFFITI AND EXPERIENCING INNER CITY CULTURE FIRST HAND. YOU COULD SAY HE FINALLY FOUND HIS PATH THE DAY HIS FRIEND KING KHAZM, FOUNDER OF SEATTLE CHAPTER OF ZULU NATION SHOWED HIM HOW TO SAMPLE AND MAKE BEATS ON AN MPC 2000. THAT WAS THE YEAR 1998. AFTER YEARS OF DABBLING AND RECORDING 4-TRACK DEMOS WITH HIS EARLIEST CREW "MIXED MEDIUMS" HE STARTED MAKING TIME FOR HIS SOLO CAREER IN MUSIC. THIS WAS AROUND 2008. A FULL DECADE FROM THE YEAR HE HAD FIRST LEARN TO PRODUCE BEATS. IN 2007 HE RELEASED AN ALBUM VIA MYSPACE AND MASS CD-R BURNINGS BY THE NAME OF "SECTION HATE" ALTHOUGH THERE WERE A HANDFUL OF SOLID TRACKS ON THIS ALBUM, GRAVES LACKED THE INDUSTRY CONNECTS AT THIS TIME TO COMPLETE A REAL MEDIA PUSH SO IT KIND OF WENT UNDER THE RADAR. THEN IN 2009 HE DROPPED HIS FIRST REAL MANUFACTURED SOLO ALBUM TITLED "THE COST OF LIVING" WHICH HE ENDED UP HANDING OUT ALL 1,000 COPIES HAND TO HAND AT SHOWS IN THE SEATTLE AREA WITHIN A YEAR. THIS ALBUM TAUGHT HIM A LOT AND ULTIMATELY SERVED AS A WAKE UP CALL TELLING HIM THAT THERE WAS STILL TONS OF HARD FOOTWORK TO BE DONE BEFORE HE COULD CLAIM HIS SPOT AMONG SEATTLE'S FINEST HIP HOP ARTISTS. IN 2010 HE GREW ROOTS WITH BLACK LAB PRODUCTIONS AND THIS IS WHERE GRAVES SAYS HIS CAREER AS A SOLO ARTIST ACTUALLY FIRST TOOK SHAPE. "IT ALL STARTED WHEN I RELEASED THE ALBUM "CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF", STATES A RELAXED GRAVES SITTING WITH HIS FEET KICKED UP ON THE COFFEE TABLE. UPON ITS RELEASE HE WENT ON HIS FIRST EVER WEST COAST TOUR. ON THE TOUR, ACID REIGN AND PROJECT BLOWED'S OWN GAJAH AND ELECTRONIC BEAT PRODUCER NATHANIEL ERAS JOINED HIM AS THE HEADLINING ACTS. HE MADE TONS OF WAVES AND THE SUPPORT STARTED SHOWING A BIT. AFTER THIS TOUR HE OPENED HIS MIND TO ELECTRONIC MUSIC AND DECIDED TO PRODUCE AND PEN THE FIRST SYSTEMS REVOLUTION ALBUM WHICH DISPLAYED A NEW AND UNEXPLORED SIDE OF GRAVES. HE ALSO WORKED ON MANY ONE OFF EP'S WITH OTHER ARTIST INCLUDING BARFLY OF CANDIES 22, TRU ID AND SARX + STAYED VERY BUSY OPENING UP ON BILLS WITH SUCH ACTS AS WU-TANG CLAN, ARTIFACTS, DAS EFX, ACID REIGN, SOLE & THE SKYRIDER BAND, MYKA9, 2MEX, CESCHI, LIVING LEGENDS, ELIGH & AMPLIVE, EXISTEREO, AWOL ONE, QWEL & MAKER, DARK TIME SUNSHINE, K-THE-I???, DIRT BAG DAN, MAC LETHAL, OPEN MIKE EAGLE, OLDOMINION CREW, AESOP ROCK, ORKO ELOHEIM, KIRBY DOMINANT, FACTOR, OPIO, ASTRONAUTALIS, J.PINDER, THADEUS DAVID, MACKLEMORE, FATAL LUCIANO, BUSDRIVER, JEL, SADISTIK, AND MANY MANY MORE. IN 2012 HE RELEASED A NEW FULL LENGTH SOLO ALBUM CALLED "BANNER FOR BOXED IN" AND OVER THE CORSE OF THE LAST FEW YEARS WENT ON TOUR WITH THE LIKES OF MYKA 9 OF FREESTYLE FELLOWSHIP, PARANOID CASTLE, CESCHI AND CHISME AND HE AT THE END OF 2013 FINISHED A US TOUR WITH GRAYSKUL OF FAKE FOUR & RHYME SAYERS ENT. HE HAS RECENTLY RELEASED MULTIPLE MUSIC VIDEOS AND RECORDING PROJECTS. THERE ARE MANY MANY ALBUMS, EPS AND MIXTAPES BEING RELEASED THAT PEOPLE MUST HEAR FEATURING GRAVES 33. HE HAS BEEN DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO GET IT TO YOUR EARS. HIS INDEPENDENT JOURNEY IS NEVER ENDING. "WALK WITH ME."
HERE'S A FEW WORDS FROM THE MEDIA. ON THE LOW, GRAVES33 HAS PUT IN MORE WORK THAN MOST RAPPERS YOU'VE ALREADY HEARD OF AND PROBABLY DONE ENOUGH SHOWS WITH HEROES OF THE RAP SUBTERRANE TO WARRANT HIS OWN STAR ON THE SEATTLE UNDERGROUND WALK OF FAME (IF THERE WERE SUCH A THING). - 206UP (SEATTLE RAP BLOG) )
Cars & Trains
The albums of Portland, Oregon based multi-instrumentalist cars & trains (Tom Filepp) consist of handfuls of microscopic crafted worlds, shaped with tiny precision. Layers of decaying feedback, sparse glockenspiel and tape samples weave a dark and dense tapestry of sound while deep brooding vocals sit atop songs with deceptive timing, subtle electronic stutters, and thunderous and organic drumming. Banjo driven four to the floor stompers yield to velvety acoustic guitar and spacious instrumentals laden with sampled americana.
Tom's work as cars & trains evokes early Morr Music releases by bands like Tarwater, intersecting with folk-oriented electronic groups like Tunng. Found sound and distorted tape samples create urban lullaby landscapes. Undaunted, meloncholic drums and timid textures are reminicent of cloudDEAD or Tujiko Noriko, sitting atop an eclectic songwriting sensibility that brings The Microphones to mind.
Tom translates his recordings to the stage with a unique solo set, energetically looping found-sounds and live electronic drumming with layers of vocal harmonies, viola, glockenspiel, trumpet, synthesizer, and melodica. All the while keeping an intense and engaging dynamic going, he weaves his songs into a captivating near-non-stop medley that is ever-changing and unique, no two shows being quite the same.
He also runs Circle Into Square, an artist run label and magazine, the entire site and label created from scratch as a means for artists to directly release their music and artwork with cutting edge resources, and to help adapt to the constantly changing music industry. Circle Into Square's roster includes artists like Boy In Static, ID & Sleeper, Skating Club, BRE'R, The Harvey Girls, Helios, Big Spider's Back, and cars & trains.