Western Haunts, Once in a While Sky, Moody Little Sister

Western Haunts

Fueled by uprising and in the spirit of the folk revival music tradition, Western Haunts' moody, psych-tinged fourth release, The Ambassador E.P., follows in the footsteps of its predecessor's expansive, anthemic song craft, the Utøya E.P.(2011). Recorded and produced by the band in a collection of storage units along a dilapidated stretch of Seattle highway, The Ambassador E.P. (OUT JULY 2012) is a collection of songs penned for the disenfranchised and a sonic wash of populist zeal.

Western Haunts' musical progression from reverb drenched, Americana into a driving, psychedelic rock outfit continues to evolve on The Ambassador E.P. The band's knack for layering lush organ and vocal soundscapes with pulsing, percussive, rhythms and spiraling guitar lines, blanket the listener in sound on the new release. Ominous lyrical themes weave a cautionary tale of living in a rich eats poor world of talking heads, crooks, cronies and inequity. On the eve of Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday and the twilight of a turbulent period of global unrest, Western Haunt's latest work poses the question of what do we do the morning after.

Western Haunts released their 2nd full length album Shed Your Summer Shell in the fall of 2010, receiving critical praise and national CMJ radio airplay. The following summer stirred by the tragic events that took place in Norway and Japan, Western Haunts returned to the studio to record new material and release the Utøya E.P. in honor and celebration of their friends and family whose homes were impacted by tragedy.

With lazy melodies, lush guitars and thundering toms, Western Haunts' Alt-Country sound is a call to Midwestern revival, drenched in reverb and the ambience of shoe-gaze music. Western Haunts' music and lyricist Jake Witt's songs about lost summers in the rural Rust Belt and ghost stories from his Midwestern roots recently caught the attention of music attorney Gillian Barr (Arcade Fire, The National, The Decemberists) and tastemaker John Richards (KEXP 90.3FM).

Western Haunts music can be heard across the nation on CMJ radio stations and programming on MTV and FUEL TV. Live, Western Haunts have been playing bills with artists the likes of Jessica Lea Mayfield (Nonesuch Records) Moondoggies (Hardly Art) Frontier Ruckus (Ramseur Records) and Motopony, as well as in-studio performances on KEXP and currated shows by Seattle's City Arts Magazine and Seattle Weekly.

Once in a While Sky

Rich West Blatt and The Once In A While Sky is an indie roots/americana four-piece from Portland Oregon. East-coast transplant Rich West Blatt fronts the project with a blend of good humor and liberal borrowing from early Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Ryan Adams and Jason Isbell, creating songs with pretty melodies about heartbreak, wistful love and redemption, with Nashville native David Lane on bass and harmonies; Zach Hinkelman (Scotland Barr and the Slow Drags) slinging tasty Texas-style goodness on lead guitar; and drummer Paul Barrall (Susan and the Surftones, WhistlePunk!) holding the groove together on the skins.

Moody Little Sister

Some things are just meant to be. The chances of Naomi Hooley, from a small town in Alaska, meeting Rob Stroup, from a small town in Oregon, were pretty slim. But it happened... and from the moment they met it was clear they were destined to combine their abundant musical talents. Rob is the perfect producer, co-writer and band mate for Naomi’s melodic, energetic and thoughtful keyboard driven power pop. Naomi is a prolific song writer and with a unique style and vocal signature. The local press has called her voice “cool and powerful” and her songwriting “masterful”. She has that certain something that leaves audiences yelling for more and listeners hitting the replay button.
Having produced some of Portland’s best bands for years, Rob knew the most talented musicians in town. When he played Naomi’s music for them they wanted to be a part of one of the most exciting bands to emerge from Portland in a long time, and Moody Little Sister was born.
The group features Joe Mengis (Climber, Casey Neill) on drums, Tim Huggins (The Blame, Western Front) on bass, Bob Dunham (Nick Peets, Debra Arlyn) on guitar and Chris Robley on guitar and keyboards.



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