It’s a big few weeks for Seattle faves The Blakes.
FIRST they kick off their US tour on September 25th, hitting TWO Rumble Parties and CMJ AND Under the Radar just premiered their new single “Ramshackle Hearse.”
PLUS KEXP has stepped out on the band putting their songs into HEAVY rotation!
This Seattle band’s latest album is another strong set of hook-filled garage-pop incorporating some notable 60s influences (Kinks, Beatles, Stones), highlighted by some gorgeous harmonies while also broadening their sound a bit with a wider variety of song arrangements and instrumentation.
After touring the world with everyone from The Gossip to the Kills to Brian Jonestown Massacre, reaching #1 on KEXP, garnering Top 10 album of 07 on iTunes and performing at US festivals from Lollapalooza to Bumpershoot to Sasquatch
The Blakes release full length Souvenir on October 13th the long awaited follow up to the Streets EP & the recent re-issue The Blakes EP.
Spend some time with The Blakes on their new You Tube Channel – Check out Charmed…YOU MUST!
Sept 25 – BLVD – Spokane, WA
Sept 26 – Yakima Sports Center – Yakima, WA
Sept 29 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
Oct 1 – Rotture – Portland, OR
Oct 2 – Humboldt Brews – Arcata, CA
Oct 3 – Marilyn’s on K — Sacramento, CA
Oct 4 – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA
Oct 6 – The Viper Room – Hollywood, CA
Oct 7 – Saint Rocke – Hermosa Beach, CA
Oct 8 – The Rumble @ 3 Clubs – LA, CA
Oct 9 – Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
Oct 10 – The Rumble @ Casbah – San Diego, CA
Oct 12 – Bash Rip Rocks – Lubbock, TX
Oct 13 – MoHawk – Austin, TX
Oct 14 – Haileys – Denton, TX
Oct 15 – Sticky Fingerz – Little Rock, AR
Oct 16 – Firebird – St. Louis, MO
Oct 17 – Rock Island Brewing Company – Rock Island, IL
Oct 20 – Pike Room – Pontiac, MI
Oct 22 – CMJ – NY, NY
Oct 23 – CMJ – NY, NY
Oct 24 – CMJ – NY, NY
Oct 27 – Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON
Who Loves The Blakes?
…similarly primed for success… there’s no containing the primal, giddy energy that crackles through it…It’s innocent and raunchy, wide-eyed and tunnel-visioned, all at once.
Soak the Kinks in cheap booze, reignite the Stooges’ strut and add some modern Strokes of ambition, and you have the Blakes
One of the pleasant surprises of the festival were the Blakes, the group blended Dandy Warhols-ish swampy guitars, twitchy Strokes rhythms, and power-pop vocal harmonies, offering an energetic and unmannered romp through modern rock radio. With messy arrangements and a theatrical drummer fond of the both-sticks-in-the-air poses, their bluesy-cool rock brought a bit of a dirty nightclub vibe to the sunny (if already very windy) afternoon.
The same kind of Seattle Band that takes you on with their dirty fast and dangerous rock-n-roll. They’ve made Iggy Pop stop and take notice.
All Music Guide
…they nevertheless, on sheer raw musical terms, have the stuff to break into the big leagues and after hearing them tear it up live, it’s hard not to want to hear a full album of theirs.
…their live shows definitely credit the band’s authenticity and adoration.
The Blakes are incredibly hard workers, earnestly committed to their craft, and practically academic in their obsession with executing the perfect pop song.
Some good stuff that you need to know about The Blakes
The origins of the Blakes are rooted somewhere in the backwoods of central Maine, where brothers Garnet & Snow Keim created a shared ambition to deviate from their seemingly inevitable fates as lifelong paper mill employees (or something of that nature), and try their hands at music.
In the spring of 1999, the duo found themselves in Seattle, where they ended their epic search for a drummer in Bob Husak, who was toiling away as a barista.
From there, the trio took off for the sunny skies of LA landing at the Days Inn in Glendale and recording their first full-length album during the TV off-season at CBS studios.
Here is where they decided to take on the name “The Blakes.” The name came to Garnet in a dream after he¹d attended a showing of the works of William Blake.
The newly formed Blakes recorded two EP’s in succession. The Bottle was recorded in 2004 and another called Little Whispers in 2005. AND along with a relocation back to Seattle, The Blakes had become notable for their chaotic and highly energetic live shows.
Ever ambitious, the boys recorded over forty songs for their third full length. When it was whittled down, The Blakes personally took several copies over to KEXP, which immediately championed the band and catapulted them to #1 on their charts. They eventually signed to local indie imprint Light in the Attic Records. In the summer of 2007, the label issued an EP, Streets, which featured three album tracks and two exclusives.
In the meantime, the band played several high profile Northwest shows, including appearances at Sasquatch, Bumbershoot and Capitol Hill Block Party and started embarking on cross country national tours.
In Europe, the boys played the TV show Album de la Semaine in France and toured with the Gossip, the Kills and Pete and the Pirates as part of the Musicale en Tournee tour, which was filmed and edited into a TV special
for Canal + and supported the Wombats across the UK. Other touring partners abroad include the Brian Jonestown Massacre in England, France, and Germany.
Festival dates in the US followed including Sasquatch and Bumbershoot, and also performed at Lollapalooza, SXSW, MusicFest NorthWest, CMJ and Sunfest in Miami.
iTunes voted the Blakes album one of the Top 10 records of 2007.
Garnet and Snow put out a full-length record consisting of more introspective songs as BEADS earlier in the year.
The forthcoming Souvenir will be self released this fall!