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Music fans of the Pacific Northwest, get ready for our fourth annual year-end daily local music showcase, 100 Bands in 100 Days, where every day until December 31st, we’re showcasing a new band or artist you have to know about, presented by Verity Credit Union. Make sure you are checking the #100Bands100Days hashtag at Twitter on the daily to stay on top of all the bands featured and make sure to follow Verity on Twitter and NW_Music_Scene as well. Some days the featured act could be an established and locally-adored northwest-based musician and other times they could be a band with a small following that just hasn’t had their deserved time in the sun yet. Either way, we’re fairly confident you can come away from this daily segment with plenty of new favorites. Today’s featured artist is Grieve the Astronaut from Tacoma.
With the sound today’s band makes, it’s not hard to imagine that many of the members are connected musically via other projects and have spent plenty of time together either on the stage performing or in the practice space. The leader of this highly competent outfit is Raymond Hayden who handles lead vocals and shares piano duties with Calissa Knox, while Taylor Enloe shreds on the guitar. Ben Beman is on the bass, Mike Burt on the drums, with Mackenzie Enloe and Jessica Lynne on backing vocals. The result is a contagious mixture of progressive rock, with an exclamation point on the visual aspect to the band’s music.
In 2015, Grieve the Astronaut was born out of a vision to inspire people to follow their own dreams utilizing our music as the soundtrack on their journey. Their music has been described sonically as a blend of the soundscape of Pink Floyd and Coldplay. The visual elements of their live show has been carefully crafted to create a dynamic that emphasizes the dynamics of the music and incorporates a light show and narrative that captures the essence of their message.
In 2017, the band is debuting a new show and new songs. The new show is a combination of the debut CD in full as well as other compositions written collaboratively. The show incorporates aspects of sounds directly from NASA’s soundboard to give the audience the perspective of the past, present and future of the band’s muse…the metaphor of the astronaut!
If you are a fan of Porcupine Tree and solo material by prog-rock genius Steven Wilson, you’ll probably find a lot to like about Grieve the Astronaut.
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