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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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“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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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.

Download “In Low Light” on Bandcamp

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

*****

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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Here’s a snapshot from our show at the High Dive on Sat. Apr. 27, 2013.

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The following review “The West Dance Away The Night at The Crocodile,” by Brigit Anderson appeared online at bestnewbands.com on Wed. May 29th, 2013.

“…This past Friday, The Crocodile played host to a night of local acts headlined by the dance-pop quintet The West. The band played an impassioned set of tracks from if its debut full length album, In Low Light. While the energy the band brought was certainly marked, it was the band’s interaction with each other that stood out the most. They all seemed just unabashedly excited to be playing and weren’t afraid to share that emotion. There were no cool glances or off-putting smirks; rather, direct laughs were unapologetically exchanged between the group to create a relaxed atmosphere.

The youthful energy of the performance was not mirrored in any sort by a juvenility in musical quality. With the coupling of succinct synthesizers from all keyboardists and direct precision from drummer Bob Husak, The West replicated the calculation of their recorded sound in this setting without compromising the joy of live spontaneity.

It would be a disservice to just label Adrienne Clark, one of those members on keyboards, as merely a vocalist and synth player. On stage, her body almost acted as another instrument. From the first notes onwards, she was actively dancing and inspiring the crowd to do the same. The West came on just before midnight and after three long sets before theirs, it would have been excusable for energy to wane, but Clark’s own enthusiasm seemed to reinvigorate the crowd and generated just as much dancing off stage as on…”

Read the full review here.

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A GREAT review from Culture Mob about our recent show at BARBOZA. “They play the most incredible dance-rock I’ve heard around the city as of late…I could go on and on about how I’m in love with the lyrics and the keys, but a round of applause needs to be made to their drummer.”

You can read the whole thing online here.

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Live performance of “You Won’t” at The Crocodile on 8/23/12. (via Matt Dho)

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