The West

The Stranger

“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.” – Sean Jewell

“…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.” – Sean Jewell

“This is some good, summery dance music…it re-energized me on a hectic Friday afternoon filled with deadlines. Their album, In Low Light, is available for the low, low price of zero dollars at bandthewest.bandcamp.com. Grab it for the next time you need a midafternoon pick-me-up.” – Megan Seling

“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

We Are Plastic

“The band seems to have hit a stride, with audio quality on the upturn, more vocal harmonies in the mix, and glittery queens sexing up their videos.”

Nada Mucho

“…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.”

Le Blog on the Wall (France)

“The West is above all a band that unleashes indie rock riffs over ultra-80′s synthetic melodies, driven by possessed dance rhythms.” – Guillaume Barrot

“…ready to make you wear out your sneakers on the dance floor of an underground club.” – Guillaume Barrot

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.”

ABSeattle

“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

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.” – Patrick Galactic

“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.” – Patrick Galactic

“The West’s “Clock is Ticking” finds the band advancing the ambitions of their previous efforts with greater clarity. Oozing indie charm, pulsing dance beats and anthem-ready rock’n’roll, “CIT” is a fun listen that grows deeper the more you hear it.” – Patrick Galactic

Culture Mob

“After about 2 minutes of their set I was sold, and didn’t want them to get off the stage. They play the most incredible dance-rock I’ve heard around the city as of late…I could go on and on about how in love I am with the lyrics and the keys, but a round of applause needs to be made to their drummer.” – – Lindsey Bluher

Invisible Guy (Sweden)

“At times they remind me of the more successful combinations of electronic and non-electronic music, which they execute to near perfection.” – Invisible Guy

“…the suggestiveness of the sound-scape, together with those funky rhythms make it unbearable not to spend some time moving your hiney.” – Invisible Guy

Best New Bands

“…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.” – Brigit Anderson

“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…” – Brigit Anderson