November 30, 2010

The Trucks To Play First Gig in Two Years in Olympia TONIGHT


The Trucks ::: photo by Abbey Simmons

If we could bring any local band back from the dead, there’s no doubt that the much beloved bratty, glorious dance party of The Trucks would be near the very top of our wish list. The band played their last Seattle show in October of 2008, but tonight, for one night only the band is reuniting for a show in Olympia.

Here are the details:

THE TRUCKS w/ Shit Machine Eagles Hall, Olympia, WA $3 / 8pm / 21+

Now who wants to drive to Olympia tonight?

July 14, 2009

Memorial Shows for Gunther Jose Frank and Donkey in Bellingham This Weekend


 The Trucks ::: photo by Gunther Jose Frank

As promised, we wanted to keep you updated on memorial events for the beloved and missed Gunther Jose Frank and Donkey, who were lost at sea in early June. Bellingham’s best will be coming out to perform in memory of Gunther and Donkey this weekend, including a reunion by The Trucks. All proceeds from the memorial shows and auctions will benefit Donkey and Gunther’s families.  

If you can’t make it to Bellingham this weekend to celebrate the lives of these amazing men and artists, a fund has been set up in their honor and to help their families. Please send all inquiries to Lindsay Craven.

Friday, July 17 @ Boundary Bay Brewery (1107 Railroad Ave.):

     – Music by Sugar Sugar Sugar, All-Nighters, and Ladies of the Night.      – Silent auction featuring deluxe donated goodies.      – Music will start at 8ish or so, although bidding on silent auction items starts a few hours earlier.      – All-ages until 10pm, then we kick the kiddies out.

Saturday, July 18 @ Nightlight Lounge (211 E. Chestnut St.):

     - Music by The Trucks, A Gun That Shoots Knives, Guinness and the Reps, the Daffodils, and Go Slowpoke.      – Slideshow of Gunther’s and Donnkie’s lives and art, as well as raffle of more deluxe donated goodies.      – DJ AbbyNorml will spin between sets.

Suggested donation for each of the Boundary/Nightlight shows is $5. Proceeds will go to benefit the Frank/Mansfield families.

Sunday, July 19 @ Bellingham’s Skate Park:

     – Skate Jam feat. the sweet skate stylings of whoever wants to throw down.      – DJ’ed music by DJ Moonboots.

January 3, 2009

Abbey’s 15 Favorite Concerts of 2008


With nearly 200 shows under my belt in 2008, it’s hard to narrow down my favorites to just 15– but after much thought–here they are. I went for singular shows/sets, rather than including entire festivals such as Bumbershoot and Georgetown, which would have easily qualified for best of status. The photos are ordered, with my favorite show of the year on top and so forth. Hope you caught at least a couple of these shows in 2008 too!

Monotonix at The Sunset Tavern–and Ballard Avenue (9/28/08)

Dead Confederate at The Greenhouse (5/23/08)

Ice Age Cobra at The Key Bar in Austin (3/13/08)

The Shackeltons at Bumbershoot (8/31/08)

Slackfest 2008 with The Maldives, The Moondoggies, and lots more (8/24/08)

J. Tillman and David Bazan at Sunday Bloody Sunset (5/18/08)

Portugal The Man (with Wild Orchid Children) at the Do512 Party at SXSW (3/15/08)

Hopscotch Boy’s Final Show (6/8/08)

Sound on the Sound’s Blue Moon Birthday Bash w/Thee Emergency, Thunderbird Motel and Skeletons with Flesh on Them (1/12/08)

Black Eyes & Neckties at King Cobra (4/19/08)

The Trucks Final Seattle Show (10/12/08)

The Hands CD Release w/The Whore Moans at Neumo’s (3/1/08)

Ice Age Cobra’s Final Show (9/12/08)

Noah and The Whale at Chop Suey (9/29/08)

We Wrote The Book On Connectors CD Release Show (11/16/08)


December 26, 2008

Our Favorite Photos of 2008


The Trucks Finale ::: photo by Josh

The holidays are over, we’re back to our day jobs, and it’s still snowing…all things that make us sad. But nothing compares to the woe we feel about a number of our favorite local bands calling it quits during 2008.  We thought 2007 was brutal for our favorite bands (and it was!) but 2008 kept the brutality going–taking The Trucks, Hopscotch Boys, Iceage Cobra, Das Llamas, and Ms. Led to the big gig in the sky.

We were lucky enough to catch each of these bands finales (well, we will see Ms. Led’s final show on 1/23/09) and each and every one was bittersweet. On one hand we were seeing a show of one of our favorite bands that never dissapoint, on the other, it was the last time we’d ever see them share the stage (to our knowledge). So, we figured today, when you’re suffering the post-holiday hangover and wishing you were anywhere but work…we’d share with you some of the great losses of 2008.


Hopscotch Boys Finale ::: photo by Josh

Brad Kaufman singing Acid Pony at the Cobra Finale ::: photo by Josh

Das Llamas Finale ::: photo by Abbey

Ms. Led at GMF ::: photo by Abbey

See More Photos from these bands final shows by clicking the links below:

Hopscotch Boys Iceage Cobra The Trucks Das Llamas

October 11, 2008

An Album Release, A Finale & The Best Show In Seattle Tonight


A Gun That Shoots Knives celebrating the release of their new album, Future of Love.

Stubby of AGTSK ::: photo by Abbey

A Gun That Shoots Knives ::: photo by Abbey

And The Trucks celebrate their final Seattle show

The Trucks ::: photo by Abbey

Kristin of The Trucks ::: photo by Abbey

Marissa of The Trucks ::: photo by Josh

Sound on the Sound will be dancing and singing along to every song in the front row of Chop Suey tonight…and you should be too.

October 2, 2008

End of the Road for The Trucks


The Trucks are Still #1 in our Hearts ::: photo by Abbey

The latest great local band to announce their early demise? Local lovelies, The Trucks.  We got the sad news via an email from their booking agent extraordinaire, Carly of Starbird Promotions, first thing this morning.  We’re crying a bit in our morning coffee while listening to “Come Back” and “Shattered” on repeat… I know, I know, we’re a bit melodramatic about this all.

But fear not… we all have a few more chances to see these wonderful, ballsy, bratty, talented ladies in action:

Saturday, October 11th 2008 @ Chop Suey, Seattle, WA ….with A Gun That Shoots Knives (CD release) and Awesome 21+ / 9:30pm / $8

Friday, November 7th 2008 @ Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR …..with Northern State, The New Bloods, Lisa Papineau and Tahoe Jackson  [Siren Nation Music Festival] All ages bar w/ ID / 8pm / $15

Saturday, November 8th 2008 @ The Nightlight, Bellingham, WA …..with Sugar Sugar Sugar and one more band tba! [no info yet on price, etc]

We will definitely be there next weekend at The Trucks last Seattle gig and plans are in the making for a PDX road trip for one final dance party with The Trucks.

February 16, 2008

Heart-Shaped Titties


There may not be two more mismatched Seattle bands than Nirvana and The Trucks, but some brave fan combined the two to create an entry for the Titties Remix Challenge. The result? “Heart Shaped Titties”

You really do need to take a listen for yourself.

January 20, 2008

SOTS’s 2007 MVP’s or The Velvet Space Helmet Goes To…


The “Velvet Space Helmet” is Sound on the Sound’s version of our year end MVP’s. Sorry it’s coming in 2008, that is totally my (abbey’s) fault. Hope you enjoy it still, even in its tardiness.  

Most Valuable Live Act: Hopscotch Boys

Blowdog of Hopscotch Boys

Every Hopscotch Boys show I go to somehow manages to be the craziest concert I’ve ever seen. I keep thinking I’ve witnessed it all, that they’ve topped themselves, that it couldn’t possibly get any stranger… and then it does, infinitely so. In my first year of Hopscotch performances I’ve seen lead-singer Blowdog head-lock and straddle a rowdy fan, get whipped with his own belt, nearly poison himself with a glow-stick, alter his ahem… nether region, forever change my idea of Santa, and nearly get stabbed by a skin head – all in the midst of some kick ass rock shows. Despite the antics, Hopscotch Boys aren’t just a freak show. Their album Sad and Lonely Eyes plays harder than most bands dare dream of achieving live. The epic intensity so present at every Hopscotch show is audible every second of the record. A whiskey soaked hallucination, right there in your headphones. -abbey

Most Valuable Performer (female): The Trucks

The Trucks

What is a person supposed to think about a group of big mouthed and uninhibited women who sing about vibrators, “Perv’s in the Bushes,” and domestic violence all in one set? What’s a person to do when confronted with a front singer missing her front tooth, the most bad ass girl drummer in these parts, and a dance party on stage? The only thing to think is “this is all in good fun” and the only thing to do is dance right along, and the Trucks make that possible and welcome for anyone, young or old, no matter how uptight. With the wider re-release of their first record in the early part of the year, these ladies toured the country twice in 2007 including a four day stop at SXSW, playing somewhere in Austin each of the four days. A Trucks show is truly an interactive experience that is not to be missed. – josh

Most Valuable Performer (male): Sonic Smith

Sonic Smith

Every time Sonic Smith steps on stage, be it as lead guitar and vocals for Thee Emergency, as the courageous leader of Lavender Lunchbox and The Psychedelic Lightbulb, as a saxophone soloist at an Iceage Cobra concert, or as an impromtu back-up vocalist at any number of local shows – he steals the show. And considering Sonic only gets on stage with the best Seattle has to offer musically, that statement is ever more impressive. Sonic oozes rock’n'roll, with a strut that would make Mick Jagger jealous and some guitar moves that challenge the greats. And as the long list at the beginning implies, Sonic is a prolific musician. In 2007 he wrote and orchestrated one phenomenal song after another for the forthcoming Thee Emergency and Lavender Lunchbox releases. We’re pleased to say we’ll be hearing a lot of Sonic Smith in 2008, and we’ll be loving every second of it. – abbey

Most Valuable Opening Act/Scene Stealer of the Year: Little Ones opening for Kaiser Chiefs

Bands who have garnered enough of an audience to headline at the Showbox (at the Market) are some of the best in the business. Often they are afforded the opportunity to let lesser known acts gain exposure as openers on their tours should they feel confident enough fill the auditoriums themselves. On a cold and rainy night in August, the UK’s Kaiser Chiefs rolled through with the Little Ones and the Walkmen in tow. The Kaiser Chiefs are m-fing huge around the world so I was expecting a packed house and an energetic night. I told my buddy we should get there for the first band, and from the first song, the people around us were asking who this band was. We were asked no less than five times and overheard a number of conversations exclaiming how great this band was (who are they again?). LA’s The Little Ones stole the show that night with the exceptional exuberance of a band who was going for broke, and people noticed. That night in August, this little pop outfit outshown the international supernova that is Kaiser Chiefs, and for that, they deserve the Velvet Space Helmet. – josh

Most Valuable Venue: The Blue Moon Tavern

The Blue Moon

Of all the categories, this was the easiest to decide upon – which will likely shock some readers. Sound on the Sound whole-heartedly believes that The Blue Moon is the most valuable music venue in Seattle. And yes, we felt that way even when The Crocodile Cafe was around (god rest it’s soul). JJ consistently books the best local line-ups in Seattle and has a real knack for putting together bills that build the energy in the room to the point of implosion. The Moon got it’s liquor license in 2007 and have been pouring some stiff drinks ever since. And, on top of all that, it’s fucking FREE – no ticketmaster “convenience charge,” no fumbling for change at the door - just the best local live music in Seattle. - abbey  

The Shackeltons 

Abbey’s Personal MVPs of 2007: The Shackeltons

As dedicated as I am to my locals, no band really shared or made my 2007 like The Shackeltons did. Their song, “Your Movement” was my first favorite song of the new year, despite a full year of shows after it, no performance topped my introduction to the band in early March, and I popped up in their video for “The Breaks.” Their DIY release “Night Songs,” recorded in a church in rural Pennsylvania, is one of the most astonishing albums I’ve ever heard and one of my most listened to albums of 2007. Despite hundreds of listens, I often get butterflies in my chest listening to the album. The Shackeltons’ songs are at once frantic and filled with chaos, yet still achingly beautiful. Lead singer and song writer Mark Redding is laid bare in his lyrics and with his performance, and within that vulnerability lays incredible power. The Shackeltons debut release cd from local label, Loveless Records is out on January 29th, 2008… and I guarantee you, it’s going to be huge. ’08 is looking to be The Shackeltons year. And mark my word, there’s is a name you’ll be seeing over and over again on next years end of year lists and there’s no band in America today who deserves it more.

The WHore Moans 

Josh’s Personal MVPs of 2007: The Whore Moans Some bands just have it. That intangible aura of cool. It’s that sort of effortless attitude of fun where they somehow still end up drenched in sweat by the end of the set. They’re loud. Really loud. They scream. And they rollick around as though they live for that moment stage. They’re most assuredly one of hardest working bands in Seattle, seemingly playing every week somewhere around town, and every time I see them play they put out 100%. These gents are pure rock and roll and some of the best the local scene has to offer.

Most Valuable Music Blog: Daytrotter Daytrotter is what Pitchfork wishes it could be. High minded criticism, that somehow does not come across as total douche-baggery. This blog reveals artists to the music community in a way that no one else does, bringing in their favorite artists weekly to record intimate sessions and then offering the impeccable recordings for free downloads. Extra Bonus? Instead of using photography like everyone else, Daytrotter uses an insanely talented cadre of artists who draw portraits of every band that is recorded, interviewed, or reviewed. The site is invaluable because they don’t just offer commentary, they participate. In conclusion, Daytrotter is every music bloggers wet dream.  – abbey

December 28, 2007

Our Favorite Photos of 2007: Day Twenty-Eight


I don’t mean to brag, but I love this photo. It’s one of my favorite that I’ve ever taken. The Crocodile was completely insane that night, the audience a dancing mass of Trucks adoration, but Marisa appears completely in control of this photo. The image for me, is all about the sense of anticipation that it holds. Not only of what must have come immediately after it – a frenetic shriek and dance  move or maybe a sing-along of pervs in the bushes – but the larger anticipation for what’s to come next for The Trucks. I see the world being wrapped around these ladies little fingers sometime very soon.

The Trucks Marisa of The Trucks

October 23, 2007

Spoke Too Soon – The Day is Not Over and I Loved This


The latest video from a few of my favorite ladies, The Trucks. It’s witty and wonderful, just like them. Also, just like Kristin in the video, I can’t help but dance when this song comes on, I love breaking out my dorkiest white girl moves to this tune.

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