The West

Alright! Here’s the brand new music video for the title track off our upcoming album Never The Place. You can pre-order the album on Bandcamp and get an immediate download of the title track. Remember to watch the video in HD! Our album release show is Sat. Aug. 9th at The Crocodile.

Official music video for “Never The Place” by The West
Directed by Big Time Hype
Featuring Dan Davison as Sparkle Leigh
July 22nd, 2014

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You can now PRE-ORDER Never The Place on Bandcamp! Only $7. When you place your pre-order, you receive an immediate download of the title track. The full album will be available online on Tues. Aug. 5th!

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The West in Denver, CO; April 2014

We got an early review from Nada Mucho for our upcoming album Never The Place and they really enjoyed it:

“…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.”

 
 

The album will be available everywhere on Tues. Aug. 5th! We’ll see you at our album release show at The Crocodile on Sat. Aug. 9th.

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This is a behind the scenes photo from our music video shoot this past Saturday. It’s for the title track off our upcoming release “Never The Place.”

The album will be available online on Tues. Aug. 5th, 2014 and we’ll see you at The Crocodile on Sat. Aug. 9th, 2014 for our album release show!

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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.

Join the Facebook Event Page for more details.

Sat. Aug. 9th – The Crocodile @ 8PM (ALBUM RELEASE)
The West, Ever-so-Android, The Hoot Hoots, and Ayo Dot & The Uppercuts
2200 2nd Ave Seattle WA 98121
$10 Adv. $12 Dos.
21+
TICKETS

 

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Here’s a great REMIX of “Out of Sync” by Sliide. You can download this track for free on Soundclound.

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We had a terrific time on tour with Ever-so-Android and we’ll be playing our first local show since January this Sat. Apr. 26th at the High Dive.

We’ve got a few new songs to play for you and we’ve got a new t-shirt too!

Sat. Apr. 26th, 2014 – High Dive @ 8PM
The West, Jupe Jupe, & The Jesus Rehab
513 N 36th St. Seattle, WA 98103
$8; 21+
Facebook Event Page

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Spring 2014 Tour :: The West & Ever-so-Android

We’re excited to hit the road with Ever-So-Android! For full show details click 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.

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Jordan Albertsen, the director of our music video “It was Disco and it’s Over,” has been selected as a featured director at SIFF’s Sync Music Video Festival on Fri. Feb. 28, 2014. That means our video will be shown on the BIG SCREEN!!! $15; 7PM. For more information or to purchase tickets click here.

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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.

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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

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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.

Bandcamp iTunes Amazon

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“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

Next up, we’re playing the High Dive for NYE (Tues. Dec. 31st) with Ever-so-Android and Dead Ship Sailing.

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Sat. Nov. 30th – The Sunset @ 9:30PM
The Redwood Plan, The West, & Black Swedes
433 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
$8; 21+
RSVP on Facebook
TICKETS

Tues. Dec. 31st – High Dive @ 9PM
Ever-so-Android, The West, & Dead Ship Sailing
513 N 36th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
$10; 21+
TICKETS

Sat. Jan. 4th – The Crocodile @ 7PM
Big Ass Boombox Festival (Jan. 3rd-4th)
2200 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
FREE SHOW; ALL AGES
We play at 10:45PM
http://www.facebook.com/events/1431145073767381/

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Some very kind words from Crystal Collins about the SOLD OUT High Dive show on Sat. Oct. 19, 2013:

‘The West is a band I’ve seen before in this very same space, many moons ago when there were 10 or 20 people at their show. These guys have graduated. When I first saw The West I thought, “That was fun.” Now, they inspire so much more than that. Their driving snare kick dance beats and unique we’re-here-we’re-nerds-and-you’re-gonna-effing-dance charisma on the stage gets beer spilling and butts moving. They turned the whole place into a dance party, vivacious and alive. This is entertainment, a well spoken rebut to the DJ take over. I finally feel at home in the era I was born. I dance as the music commands and the set flies by.’

Photo credit Hobbes Ginsberg Photography.

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Our next Seattle show is Sat. Oct. 19th at the High Dive. Last time, we nearly sold the place out and we’re hoping to pack it to the gills again. It will be a night of terrific local bands (Ever-so-Android & Death By Stars) and nothing but dance, dance, dance.

Join the Facebook Event Page for further details.

Sat. Oct. 19th – High Dive @ 9PM
Ever-so-Android, The West, & Death By Stars
513 N 36th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
$8; 21+

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The West is back from tour! It’s been a while, so we thought we’d do a SURPRISE SHOW. We’re playing at El Corazon w/ Bend Sinister on THURSDAY NIGHT.

It’s great to be back home in Seattle and we hope to see a few familiar faces there!

It’s an early one, music starts at 7:30PM. Join the Facebook Event Page for more details.

Thurs. Sept. 12th – El Corazon
Bend Sinister, The West, & Guests
109 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98109
$8 adv; $10 dos
TICKETS – http://tinyurl.com/ozrgpwa

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Here’s the official music video for “It was Disco and it’s Over.” Make sure that you watch it in HD!

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“Slightest Touch” performed live at The Crocodile in Seattle, WA on Fri. May 24, 2013. Shot and edited by Big Time Hype. Make sure that you watch it in HD!

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