The West is in residence at The Crocodile Back Bar in the month of August. The best part is…THE SHOWS ARE FREE. On three separate nights we’re hosting some of our favorite local bands, playing new songs, and maybe even a cover or two.
We had a terrific time playing The Spud Goodman show on NWCZ with guests Tom Arnold and Marc Maron. Here’s a live video of our performance. It’s the title track from our latest album Never The Place. You can listen to the full show here.
We just made it back from our tour down to SXSW and our next show is just around the corner. We’re playing one of the 10th Anniversary Shows at the High Dive and we’re thrilled to celebrate one of the best venues in town!
Fri. April 17th – High Dive @ 9:30PM
The West, Surrealized, & Black Beast Revival
513 N 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103
$12 adv; $15 dos
The West is playing a showcase during SXSW! We have four tour dates along the way, so we may be coming to a town near you. If you’re in the area, we’d love to have you there.
Fri. March 13th – Artifice Lounge – Las Vegas
Sat. March 14th – The Hotel Cafe – Los Angeles
Tues. March 17th – Blue Grasshopper – Albuquerque
Wed. March 18th – The Blue Light – Lubbock
Sat. March 21st – The Local – Austin
This Valentine’s Day we’re taking over The Crocodile!!! There will be 2 stages featuring a great line up of local bands. It’s $10 to see the showroom, $5 for the back bar, or $12 for both. Doors @ 8PM; All Ages + Bar w/ I.D.
We’re happy to announce that Never The Place is available now! The best place to purchase and stream our new album is on Bandcamp. Download it in MP3 320, FLAC, and more! Also available on iTunes, and Amazon.
“…Never The Place is a damn good time. Each of the tracks are dance-oriented indie rock gems that push the party further and further until finally the 34 minute album finishes and you want to play it again.”
“…setting the album’s dancey foundation with a funky opening instrumental before highlighting the band’s excellent guy/girl vocals was a smart and tactical choice for The West.”
“…it’s refreshing that the songs on The West’s new album, Never The Place, don’t make you wanna throw punches so much as they make you wanna throw parties.”
We’ve got some big news to announce! We’ll be releasing our upcoming album Never The Place at The Crocodile on Sat. Aug. 9th! We’ll be joined by our good friends and musical lovers Ever-So-Android. Plus, the devilishly stylish The Hoot Hoots. Tickets are available online here.
4/9 – The Viking – Spokane, WA
4/10 – Neurolux – Boise, ID
4/11 – Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
4/12 – The Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
4/15 – The Hive – Flagstaff, AZ
4/16 – The Sail Inn – Phoenix, AZ
4/17 – Ham and Eggs Tavern – Los Angeles, CA
4/18 – The Red Room – Oakland, CA
4/19 – Club 66 – Ashland, OR
The West will be back in Seattle on Sat. 4/26 at the High Dive w/ Jupe Jupe (CD Release) and The Jesus Rehab.
Originally published on Jan. 4, 2014 on “No Goddamn Dancing.”
The most obvious explanation is that The West were put here to save us. Of course there is the alternative, that a kick-ass dance punk band somehow coalesced and sprouted in the middle of Seattle, but it just doesn’t seem possible that anything other than divine-intervention could be responsible for making Seattleites move like this.
Regardless of how it happened, the 5 piece released their full-length debut, ‘In Low Light’, back in February and they’ve been gaining notoriety ever since, even prompting Sean Jewell at The Stranger to write, “I don’t care what era or city you’re from, you’ll have to be dead or just plain dumb not to want to dance to In Low Light”. Not buying it? Take a listen to “Call Me A Liar”, or “Slightest Touch”, or better yet just start at the beginning of ‘In Low Light’ and see if the resulting 40 minutes don’t beg to soundtrack your next house party. From frosty, cold wave infused tracks like “Another Story” and “You Won’t”, to bright, new wave inspired head-bobbers like “Danger”, there is more than enough sonic nuance here to transform your gaggle of awkward, angular friends into a sweaty mess. The short list of influences that I hear include LCD Soundsystem, Modern English, Human League, Gang of Four, and DEVO just to name a few, but suffice to say that this band clearly knows how to craft an interesting pop record.
This alone would have been enough, but the band decided to sneak one more release into 2013 in the form of a 3-track EP titled “Clock is Ticking”. All three tracks are pretty killer, but for this post we decided to focus on the second track, “Out of Sync”. Despite being just over 3 minutes in length, The West pack in quite a few twist and turns, and I love how the vocals have a really sharp ‘Freedom of Choice’ era DEVO quality that works super well with the slick minimalism of the guitars and synth.
Sean Jewell from The Stranger reviews “Clock Is Tickling”
“On Clock Is Ticking, austere vocals and spatial synths dance with anti-clockwise drums and hi-toned bass riffs…The West jam like post-punk is a new idea…this EP is space odyssey clean from the recording to the Swiss-modern cover art.” -Sean Jewell
Clock Is Ticking is out on Bandcamp, iTunes, and Amazon. If you’d like to purchase one of the 150 limited edition cassettes click here. Your purchase comes with an immediate download of the EP. Thanks for listening and remember to turn it up loud.
“The West were insanely good last night. No, I mean crazy good. I saw them at the first of the year at the Croc, but last nights show blew that one away. I might have to say this was my favorite local show of the year.”-Aaron Brown, AB Seattle