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The West is now Killer Workout. Killer Workout’s debut EP, “A Matter of Style,” is available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify!

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Big news! We’re excited to announce that our next EP, “A Matter of Style,” will be released under our new band name, Killer Workout. We’ve been hard at work writing tunes that evolve our style, and these songs needed a new name. We can’t wait to share our work with you, so join us at The Sunset on Sat. Mar. 18th, 2017 for Killer Workout’s first EP release show.

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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.

Doors are @ 6:30. Music starts @ 7PM.

Sun. Aug. 9th
Hell Mary
TBA

Sun. Aug. 16th
The Jesus Rehab
Purr Gato

Sun. Aug. 23rd
Dirty Dirty
TBASA

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Never The Place

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.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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You can NAME YOUR PRICE for our album In Low Light on Bandcamp; download it for FREE or pay what you think it’s worth.

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The following review “The West – In Low Light” by Sean Jewell appeared in The Stranger on Mon. Apr. 22nd, 2013.

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The West’s In Low Light opens with “It was Disco and it’s Over,” a song that’s built on a signature Peter Hook high-toned bass riff, complete with lead singer and guitarist Anthony Darnell doing his best Ian Curtis impression. During the song they play a Joy Division-esque eulogy to the death of disco resolving only to move ahead, like it’s the early ’80s and they’re back in Manchester.

Their EP moves on down the timeline of pop just so, synthesizing the rest of the ’80s in their own way. Their brand of nouveau-disco follows lead bass lines all the way down to club maximalist. The West slides into step somewhere between the saccharine sweet Roxette and the angrily romantic the Whip—their steely synths make them a freakishly dance-y band to have evolved in this region of the country, a notoriously dance-less, shoegaze-y Sodom of people who love to fuck with music but not be seen loving it in public. That may be the reason they’ve been noticed by blogeratti in Sweden, and France, and then over at KEXP before they got to me, but it may also be just because their sound (despite having been perfected decades ago) is so period unique.

When In Low Light starts to hit its stride—right after their awkwardly rock-pop single you may have heard on the 90.3 called “Slightest Touch”—Darnell is shouting out negatives on “You Won’t,” and sharing the microphone with synth player Adrienne Clark, who is allowed to go it alone late in the album on just one song “Call Me A Liar,” but provides an interesting relief when she does. Darnell, Clark, and bass player Jon Swihart encapsulate so much of the 80s they’re hard to not appreciate, and by the end of the album they’ve gone full swing from New Order to INXS, and Darnell is in a full on Michael Hutchence wail.

Heads will bob and hips will roll at their live shows, especially at the point when the set reaches their best song “Hustler.” With an absolutely evil bass line, vibrato guitar ringing in the back, roiling snare, and Darnell hollering at the hot thing next to him on the dance floor, I don’t care what era or city you’re from you’ll have to be dead or just plain dumb to not want to dance to In Low Light.

*****

In Low Light is available on Bandcamp, iTunes, and Amazon! Only $10.

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REVIEW: The West “In Low Light” was originally published on 6/13/13 by Patrick Galactic.

“…Their follow up, In Low Light, finds a band comfortable in their experimentation. The West has a Party-Indie vibe, remiscent at turns of LCD Soundsystem, New Order and even Bowie. To their credit and my great listening satisfaction, the band has carefully avoided the rampant clichés of the genre and established a sense of arrangement that isn’t easily accessed on Clear Channel World Fucking Radio…”

“…In Low Light is an album Kurt Vonnegut could appreciate. The thought of well-funded college hipsters dancing the night away to the exorcism of a person’s soul is just the kind of twisted irony he found so amusing. I’m inclined to agree. The West have documented the dance floor and all its internal politics as well as anyone I can remember…”

Read the full in-depth review here.

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The West is on the latest edition of the KEXP Music That Matters podcast, Vol. 348 – Midday Mix #1 available on iTunes. We’re track #10. It’s “Don’t Make a Sound” from the Don’t Make a Sound EP.

1. Daughter – Smother
2. Junip -… Line of Fire
3. Heavenly Beat – Faithless
4. Beach Fossils – Careless
5. The Comettes – Deserts
6. The Valley – Rad Dungeons
7. Peace – The Perp Walk
8. BRONCHO – Try Me Out Sometime
9. Police Teeth – Chicago One Point Five
10. The West – Don’t Make a Sound
11. Widowspeak – The Dark Age
12. How To Dress Well – Cold Nites

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NOTE: This is an English translation of a review we received for In Low Light on a French blog called “On The Wall.” Thank you to Eric Chirnside for providing the translation. You can read the original article by clicking here.

THE WEST – BEWITCHING DISCO DANCE ROCK
by Guillaume Barrot

Let’s dive into underground music with The West’s excellent first a…lbum, In Low Light, which could appease even the biggest music snobs among you.

Hipsters lacking any sort of musical open mindedness need not apply. The West has nothing to do with a certain chillwave à la Toro Y Moi or with the electro dream pop of M83. Seattle. City of music snobs par excellence but a forgotten cemetary. Oh sure, we remember Hendrix, Cobain, et al… Bastion of the indie label Sup Pop Records, the godforsaken center of Washington State counts not only for a large music scene that endures regardless of past local drama, but also enjoys some unquestionably good bands. This is the case for The West, whose sound mixes energetic indie rock with dance rock synths ready to make you wear out your sneakers on the dance floor of an underground club. Adrienne, Anthony, Reed, Bob, and Jon even say so themselves: “I see you standing on the dance floor next to me…” Proof that their human desire to incite movement shines through…

Imagine the child of The Smiths and The Whip…or the reverse. The West is above all a band that unleashes indie rock riffs over ultra-80’s synthetic melodies, driven by possessed dance rhythms. It Was Disco And It’s Over clearly reminds us of Joy Division’s work and of Morrissey. A sort of testimony for a new wave that is becoming more and more commonplace at the forefront of today’s music scene. Don’t Make A Sound grooves in ways that should be illegal and implores your presence on the dance floor, among the young women shaking their sparkling hair, which isn’t without reminding us of a certain French cosmetic company’s commercials, and the presence of the bass on Another Story takes a certain perverse pleasure in giving you brain trauma with its enchanting powers urging you to bang your head, in the same way that You Won’t absorbs all of your energy. The quintet is not to be outdone on You’re In Control, which shows its luscious bottom end, and we then jump around through the rest of the album.

One more band to watch closely. Proof that the Brits don’t make up the entirety of the independent music scene, far from it in fact…

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If you missed The West on the You Can and You Will Podcast, we made it easier to listen. Play this video to preview a non-mastered track off of our upcoming album ‘In Low Light.’ It’s half the song, but it’s just enough to wet your whistle.

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