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
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.’
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.
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.
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.
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.”