If You’re Not Going to Doe Bay, You’re Going to This: Salmon Thrasher’s Final Show
There is one gigantic throbbing painful regret about attending this year’s Doe Bay Fest, it means we’ll be missing Salmon Thrasher’s final show. One of the most pleasant surprises of 2010, Salmon Thrasher came out of nowhere to satiate our hunger for no bullshit rock’n'roll, which we’d been practically starving for. We caught the band’s very first ceiling crumbling performance in December of 2009 and probably five other times in their short life, the fact we’ll miss their final show (and that their final show is happening so soon) will be a raw wound for some time to come.
If you’re not a 3 hour ferry and drive away, this is the show you should be at Saturday. Not only is it the last chance you’ll have to see the mighty Salmon Thrasher, you’ll also have the chance to be introduced to two bands that could fill the raw rock void they’ll leave behind. First is the phenomenal My Goodness, whose Black Keys go punk is one of the most sloppily satisfying sounds happening in Seattle today. With Salmon Thrasher gone, its easy to assume they’ll be taking the title of my favorite new local rock band of 2010.
Another solid option to fill the Salmon-sized hole in your heart are Birds of Paradise, who’ll be playing their first show. Made up of members of The Ironclads (including Sound on the Sound’s own Phil) and the Whore Moans/Hounds of the Wild Hunt. While the band’s sound is a departure from the member’s beloved previous projects, the three songs I’ve heard have kept my attention and sound like a promising Pabst-in-hand soundtrack for 2011.
Please Seattle, since we can’t be there, promise us you will be.