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    1. News : VanFest 2016 a Rousing Sucess

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      This last weekend was the sixth annual VanFest, held out in a campground in Maple Valley. The festival, featuring 37 musical acts, minus a few last minute cancellations, was, as founder Van Wolfe put it, an attempt “to mix the best elements of mega festivals and basement DIY shows”. It struck that balance nicely, the 3 stages plus Hip-Hop tent ran by Town TV meant there was always a band or two playing at once. The crowd of around 100 attendees would migrate in waves from stage to stage. As one band would finish, a band on the next stage over would just be launching into their set. The artists playing represented a strong cross-section of the Northwest music scene, pulling bands from Seattle, Tacoma and even Glacier Veins from Portland and Big O from Caldwell Idaho. The line-up gets filled pretty quickly every year; Van Wolfe sends out invitations in January and takes the first 36 or so to get back to him, and also gets asked by bands directly if they can come play, which was the case with Celestial Navigation, who were playing a great folk/jazz set as I talked to Wolfe. If you want to get at the center of the current Seattle scene, it is in the humble draw of Van Wolfe. He admits in an ah-shucks sort of way to knowing of 18 different people with a tattoo of him and every band makes sure to thank him for putting the event on.
      The atmosphere was overwhelmingly positive and inclusive and it became quickly clear how interwoven the Seattle scene is. Many bands remarked how cool it was to be able to see all their friend’s bands in the same place.
      The location, 45 minutes or so from Seattle, was a welcome retreat from the concrete jungle, verdant vegetation acting as a backdrop to the bands, who played under the overhanging log and tin roofs of the camp’s kitchen areas. There is a small river that winds behind the campground which many took full advantage of in the 90 degree heat. It was eerily like being back at summer camp, albeit with a much more robust talent show, and much more beautiful people.
      Stand-outs from the day included SEACATS’ wonderfully theatric set, where the band presented itself as a cult and finished with a strong cover of Papa Roach’s ‘Last Resort’, that rode the thin line between parody and fan-boy worship. Glacier Veins played one of the tightest sets of the day, playing up-tempo post-emo punk rock with equal parts skillful precision and rollicking passion. Front woman and lead songwriter Malia Endres is a real talent. The Hip-Hop tent was set a little a part from the other three stages, and was much more lightly attended. A shame as festival-goes missed out on acts like Michette, whose gender-bending persona and playfully creative wordplay were a revelation.
      This writer is already looking forward to next year. See you there?


    2. News : VanFest This Weekend

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      This Saturday is the sixth annual VanFest out in Maple Valley, featuring four stages and 30 bands, including SEACATS, Lemolo, MC Lars and Falling Over. The show benefits the Maple Valley Food Bank and is free to underage concert-goes, so you can feel good about your rocking out. Come out to Royal Arch Masonic Park, music starts at noon.


    3. News : Watch SEACATS’ New Video For ‘Liar’

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      Washington jokesters SEACATS have released a new music video for ‘Liar’, and it’s… pretty serious. And pretty good.


    4. News : SEACATS Release ‘GOSSIP’ Demos Album

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      SEACATS are offering their new demos album ‘GOSSIP’ to anyone who has purchased their debut self-titled, now available on Bandcamp. Head on over to Bandcamp to support this fun Kelso, WA band, and catch SEACATS live at the Sunset 2/14 with XVIII Eyes and Fox And The Law!


    5. News : Seacats/Pizza Hut Express Partnership?

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      Washington jokers Seacats have announced their new partnership with Pizza Hut Express, a 2014 partnership that is being celebrated with free records at the band’s upcoming Portland 12/14 and Seattle 12/15 shows. Just bring your pizza box to the merch table and receive your free album. Read the official announcement below, and EAT PIZZA!


    6. News : SEACATS Posts New Music Video for ‘Minus World’

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      Washington’s favorite jokesters, SEACATS, put up a new music video for Minus World today. Check it out below, and show them some love on the band’s Facebook page! Minus World is a video single for the band’s upcoming self-titled, out October 15th on Fin Records.


    7. News : SEACATS Post Album Release… Infomercial

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      Kelso’s goofy pop rock band SEACATS posted an album release informercial, announcing the upcoming self-titled. Watch the hilarious 11-minute video below, and keep an eye out for preorder information for the new album, due out October 15th on Fin Records!


    8. News : Doctorthug Posts Solo Record ‘Explorations in Sound Vol. 1’

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      SEACATS keys player Justin Salisbury has formally released his solo record, ‘Explorations in Sound Vol. 1’ under the name Doctorthug. The experimental, electronic album is available digitally on Doctorthug’s Bandcamp, but also in extremely limited quantities of physical CDs with hand painted album art. Salisbury finished the album in time to head to college, putting Doctorthug and his time in SEACATS on hold for now. Stream and purchase the album on the Doctorthug Bandcamp page, and look out for preorder information on the forthcoming SEACATS album featuring Salisbury on keys, due out this October!


    9. News : SEACATS to Film Skate Related Music Video in Woodland 7/27

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      Washington Pop Punk outfit SEACATS will be filming a new music video this Saturday at the Horseshoe Lake skatepark in Woodland, just South of the band’s hometown of Kelso. The band has invited local skaters to participate in the video shoot, and plans to meet participants and onlookers at noon.