The West is a Seattle dance band that puts a modern twist on 80s-era New Wave and Post-punk. It’s New Order meets Gang of Four combined with LCD Soundsystem and Foals.
Formed in 2011, the band is comprised of Anthony Darnell (guitar/keys/vocals), Bob Husak (drums), Reed Griffin (guitar/producer), Adrienne Clark (keys/vocals), and Jon Swihart (bass/vocals).
The West is thrilled to release their full-length LP Never The Place at The Crocodile on Sat. Aug. 9th, 2014.
The West is a Seattle dance band that puts a modern twist on 80s-era New Wave and Post-punk. Think New Order and Gang of Four combined with LCD Soundsystem and Foals. Since its formation in 2011, the band has been an active player in Seattle’s emerging dance movement, and can typically be found playing around the greater Puget Sound region at venues like The Crocodile, The High Dive, and Neumos. The West has also toured the western half of the country on multiple occasions.
Don’t Make a Sound was The West’s first offering to the Seattle music scene. The four song EP gained airplay on KEXP and earned the band some notoriety in Seattle’s music and entertainment press. It was followed up by In Low Light, a full length LP released in February of 2013. The following December, The West debuted Clock is Ticking, a three-song EP whose title track, “Clock is Ticking,” will appear on the forthcoming album, Never the Place. The full length LP will be officially released on August 5th, 2014.
On stage, The West deliver an incredibly lively, high-energy performance. The five-piece act features synthesizers, electric guitars, and a live drum kit with layered harmonies filling out the mix. It’s dance music at heart, combined with the raw intensity of live performance, and it’s made to make people move.
The West began in 2011 as an exploration in dance music by drummer Bob Husak of the Blakes, and guitarist/keyboardist Anthony Darnell. Inspired by the power of dance music to alleviate stress and offer release through movement, the two began writing songs and recording demos in Husak’s basement. Shortly thereafter, they enlisted the help of Reed Griffin, Husak’s friend and former producer for the Blakes, who took on the roll of lead guitarist and producer. Adrienne Clark was then invited to play synthesizer and add another vocal layer to the band’s budding sound. The lineup finally solidified with the addition of bassist and backup vocalist, Jon Swihart, a Colorado transplant who joined the band in summer of 2012.