Rain City Ambience

Seattle-based Northwest music source established in 2005
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    1. Album Reviews : The Scenic Route – Moments

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      This self proclaimed “whatever” rock band from Seattle released their EP for the world to listen to… FOR FREE. So, I had to take the opportunity to listen and review. Basically, its a throwback without the weird haircut.


    2. Album Reviews : Dear You – I Can Only Blame Myself

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      Dear You just released my favorite pop-punk EP of the year so far. I Can Only Blame Myself is as sonically gorgeous as it is moody. With build ups as epic as The Hotelier and vocals bringing out my own broken voice, these six songs are miles above anything the band has released before. Nasal yet vicious, fine yet anxious, and furious yet soothing, this EP spans various tones and moods with talented songwriting and dynamics that many scene veterans do not do as rambunctiously.


    3. Album Review : To The Wind – Block Out The Sun & Sleep

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      When you live in a small town, often times there are a few bands that play in your immediate area. One time my band opened up for our hometown hardcore band, and also on the list was To The Wind. Blistering riffs and heavy melodic music seared the audience that night from the Seattle quintet. Their debut Empty Eyes was a solid album, but felt safe and locked into the box. Their newest release Block Out The Sun & Sleep stretches their blueprint and reach new stages of big chords and flowing melodies.


    4. Album Review : Anberlin – Lowborn

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      On Anberlin’s breakout 2008 major label debut, New Surrender, frontman Stephen Christian passionately sang that he wanted to “burn out brighter, brighter than the Northern lights.” Flash forward to 2014, and after 11 years of musical output, Anberlin has decided that it’s better to burn out bright than to fade away. To that end, the Florida quintet will be disbanding at the year’s end and has offered us its seventh and final album, entitled Lowborn, as a bittersweet parting gift. The album captures Anberlin in its purest form, beholden to neither fan nor label expectations, and the results are as polarizing as they are marvelous.


    5. Album Review : Allison Weiss – Remember When

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      A year ago, a talented singer/songwriter favorited a tweet of mine about corn jokes in Iowa. She had just exited the stage in front of me after twisting my heart around and ingraining her melodies into my head. She introduced ‘Wait For Me’ as a delicate love song, but what happened was the crowd turned off any outside distraction and focused on her. Allison Weiss was the spotlight and her performance shocked me into purchasing her 2013 full-length Say What You Mean. The album became an important listen to me throughout the year. She is back with four new sparkling songs to feed the addiction, titled Remember When.


    6. Album Review : New Lungs – Reviver

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      Many bands have tried to imagine the color spectrum in the form of sonic devices. Bands have been very successful at producing different colors with multiple songs (The Dear Hunter, Between The Buried And Me), but Seattle’s own New Lungs spans a variety of moods and styles on the opening track of their newest EP, Reviver. ‘Colors’ stars off indefinite and eerie, bursting into a spastic instrumental before settling down with the first verse. The song is enhanced by the wallpapers that would swirl around the computer screen, vibrant and moody with their own colors. The way the verse dramatically swings into the chorus, the build up, the echoes that signal the end, all of the encompassing parts work together like the spectrum of a rainbow.


    7. Album Review : Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties – We Don’t Have Each Other

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      I honestly thought I could not be blown away by Dan ‘Soupy’ Campbell again. His closing statement on ‘I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral,’ “We all want to be great men but there’s nothing romantic about it, I just want to know that I did all I could with what I was given,” was the highlight of The Greatest Generation for me. That lyrical line closed The Wonder Years trilogy about growing up. Mr. Campbell has been busy however, and has come to us with more angst and despair through the story of Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties.


    8. Album Review : ’68 – In Humor And Sadness

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      For me, Josh Scogin is the renaissance man of today’s hardcore scene. He created the almighty Norma Jean and left. Depending on your tastes, you never forgave him for it, or you dug right in and embraced his next project, The Chariot. After releasing a few mediocre but totally improvised albums (seriously, their first two albums were recorded in one take), the final two records gave the band more of a mass appeal while breaking away from the initial cult following status. While in the frantic hardcore band, he released a solo alt-folk/country project A Rose, By Any Other Name, showing that yes, this screaming dragon can sing. After disbanding with The Chariot (which still shocks me), Scogin is back again fronting and manning the guitars of ’68, with former Becoming The Archetype drummer Mike McClellan behind the kit. The debut full-length In Humor And Sadness was produced by longtime friend Matt Goldman (The Devil Wears Prada, The Chariot, Underoath), and is due out July 8th.


    9. Album Review : Easy Victim, Charitable Deceptions – W. C. Lindsay

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      William Charles ‘W. C.’ Lindsay. Remember this name. Fresh off his Tax Day release of ‘Easy Victim, Charitable Deceptions’, this young Philly transplant is a solo-ish artist whose style is impossible to describe, but entirely easy to enjoy. Grown out of electronic and rock roots, W. C. Lindsay jumps genres with ease, naturally progressing through rock and pop punk into hip hop and electronic in this 12-song release. The album is available for purchase on Bandcamp, and $1 of each purchase will go to Big Brothers, Big Sisters!


    10. News : Stream All Of Pup’s Upcoming Self Titled

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      We love the Toronto punks known as Pup, and they’ve gifted the world with a YouTube preview of their upcoming self-titled, due out 4/8 on SideOneDummy! Take it all in below, or read our review of the record!