Jeff Angell's Staticland

Jeff Angell's Staticland

Jason Kertson, China Davis, Dedset

Fri, March 31, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 1:00 am)

$12.00 - $15.00

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Jeff Angell's Staticland
Jeff Angell's Staticland
Jeff Angell’s STATICLAND

“Let’s leave everything behind and ride into the undefined. I made up my mind, and if you’re so inclined, I need a witness.” (High Score / Track 8)

Jeff Angell’s STATICLAND will release its self-titled debut album May 20th on UDR, a captivating menagerie of songs that effortlessly shift from raucous, snarling, barn burners to moving Stones-inspired ballads that you will want to play on repeat. Produced By Grammy award winner Vance Powell (Jack White, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs, Seasick Steve), the sound is that of a provocative, imaginative blues rock which breaths new life into the genre both sonically and stylistically.

“My youth was in the distance, but it was catching up with me.” (The Edge / Track 2)

Angell's first exposure to music came from his mother's car stereo as well as an unlikely mentor.
"Being a single mother of two, my mother didn't always have the best of suitors," says Angell. "At one point she dated an Elvis impersonator who was kind enough to hand me down a 45 of Heartbreak Hotel. That song with its blues 101 progression and its vivid tale of a desolate place down at the end of lonely street, really affected me. Glen Campbell's Rhinestone Cowboy was another one. I think the influence those songs had on me was equally as important as witnessing the Seattle bands discover themselves while I was a teen growing up in Seattle."

At the turn of the century Angell threw himself into the Seattle music scene as the lead singer and principal songwriter in the unapologetic, swaggering Post Stardom Depression. They released an E.P. on Will Records (Sexual Uno 2000), languished three years in major label limbo, and then released two records on The Control Group. (Ordinary Miracles 2003, Prime Time Looks A Lot Like Amateur Night, 2005) The band was a favorite to many who appreciated their explosive, sexually charged, Rock and Roll. Post Stardom Depression toured with the late Dee Dee Ramone, Queens Of the Stone Age, Nebula and the Bell Rays. to name a few. One too many nights sleeping in a van along with the excesses of youth led to the band's premature demise. Angell rose from the wreck that was Post Stardom Depression and began performing with keyboardist Benjamin Anderson, drummer Michael Alex, and saxophonist Gregor Lothian as The Missionary Position. Together they released two albums (Diamonds In A Dead Sky 2009, Consequences 2012) and succeeded in defining a sound undeniably their own.

The Missionary Position created a compelling blend of dirty post punk blues-rock with ambient undertones and introspective lyrics that invited comparisons to artists as diverse as The Doors, Townes Van Zandt, Morphine and the Gun Club. They performed constantly on the road and around the Pacific Northwest, preferring to play all-nighters rather than your typical four-band bill. This extra stage time proved invaluable in their musical development. By this time Angell was well established in Seattle as a one-of-a-kind front man who produced consistent, quality work. A few of Seattle's more famous artists recognized Angell’s talent and came together to support his compositions with hopes of introducing him to a larger audience.

Walking Papers boasted the rhythm section of Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Mad Season) and Duff McKagan (Guns N Roses) along with keyboards provided by Benjamin Anderson, and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready gave his blessing by contributing a few blistering guitar solos to the group's effort.
Their debut was labeled, “a masterpiece of mood and tension” by Classic Rock Magazine and “a classic cocktail of dark, malevolent blues” by Rolling Stone. With its release in 2012, Angell finally graduated from the van tours he had endured for over a decade in North America to touring internationally, first in clubs, then festivals, and finally arriving in arenas supporting heavyweights Alice in Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Biffy Clyro, and Aerosmith. Walking Papers recorded an eagerly awaited second album in 2014-2015, but due to McKagan's return to Guns n Roses, its release has been put on hold for now.

"Let's leave the past where it belongs." (Everything is Wrong / Track 1)

With an unexpected, indefinite hole in their schedule, Angell, along with key collaborator Benjamin Anderson, were offered the opportunity by UDR to expand on the sound they had defined in their previous bands. They recruited Post Stardom Depression drummer Joshua Fant, entered a rehearsal room in Seattle and started, as Angell calls it, "putting in the time." The songs came together quickly, and before they knew it, they had conceived a thrilling batch of new material that succeed in capturing the spontaneity and excitement of people who are passionate about making music and that have the experience to do it well. The songs swing and shuffle savagely. They are dynamic and diverse, and while each stands as an achievement on its own. Together they provide an ever-changing escape into a variety of audio environments, with Angell's narrative and vivid imagery lighting the way.

"While we were writing the songs for this record I was having some strange dreams.” Angell remembers. “I usually write narratively or autobiographically. There is still plenty of that in this record, but I also wanted to bring some of what I remember from those dreams into the songs as well."

Angell’s voice can best be described as lived in. It is smokey, versatile and articulate but most importantly, believable. With it he tells the stories of colorful characters, contemplates relationships, and shares dreamy imagery, all the while spurring the listener to expand on the limits we allow ourselves to go.

"If there is one consistent theme I kept coming across, it was, let's leave the past where it belongs." Angell says.

"Band names are a lot like cops: There's never one around when you need one," Angell jokes. "We had a great album and we were in need of a name. We wanted something that sounded like a place, a novel or a television series. We started throwing things together that fit that criteria, and we arrived at STATICLAND. Maybe it's a place where things don't change and these songs are our plan of escape. I like to think of this record as taking an obstacle and turning it to an opportunity. It's an invitation to roll the dice."
Jason Kertson
Jason Kertson
17 year old Jason Kertson has been drawn to music his whole life. He began learning to play the guitar at age 7 and mastering the instrument has been his passion ever since. He began performing in coffee houses and other venues when he was 9.

His favorite artists from early on were Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, Alice in Chains, and The Sonics (one of Jason’s grandfathers is Rob Lind who is an original member of this iconic Seattle band).

In February, 2011, Ray William Johnson, a YouTube Icon, tweeted “everybody is looking for the next Justin Bieber. My money is on this kid” and he attached a link of a YouTube video that was recorded when Jason was 12. Jason had 250,000 YouTube views that week. This generated a lot of interest from people in the music business.

One of the people who expressed interest in working with Jason was Dave Mustaine of Megadeth. This has led to a mentoring relationship, and Jason recorded a demo in Dave’s studio (Vic’s Garage). Jason has also performed on multiple occasions with Dave’s daughter, Electra Mustaine.

In 2013, Jason auditioned for “The Voice” Season 5 and had a five minute on air segment. Though he didn’t move forward in the show, that exposure brought him thousands of loyal fans.

In December 2013, Duff McKagan of Guns n’ Roses contacted Jason and asked if he would play guitar in the Pink Slips, a band that his daughter Grace was forming. They performed together for the first time in Seattle on New Year’s Eve 2013 and recorded an EP in 2014.

Jason has also performed with his own Seattle area band for the past five years.

As a guitarist, Jason is very diverse in his abilities; from very complex acoustic styles to technically challenging electric guitar solos. As a vocalist, his soulful voice defies his age. As a writer, his insightful lyrics are moving and relatable, and his music is powerful and melodic. He already has over 100 original songs to his credit.
China Davis
China Davis
Watch: China Davis — “Anjilla”

The new video “Anjilla” by China Davis is an intimate look into tempest-tossed nostalgia for a bygone era, when one could make an honest living from work that was inherently meaningful. It is the meaningful work of honest hearts who hail from Gig Harbor, the fishing town-cum-suburban bedroom community tucked away across the bay from Tacoma. Their humble roots and compassionate sense of injustice are projected through the body of their work in spirit and message. In addition to writing poetic, socially conscious lyrics, they organize and perform charitable concert fundraisers for Music Giving Back. Nice guys with a genuine sound who walk the walk and talk the talk with equal grace, their music is reminiscent of some ‘boss’ blue-collar bands that made it big in the 70s-80s, filtered down through 90s Seattle anomie and sweetened liberally with a live and let live attitude. Two of China Davis’ four members, Ben and Ted Fuller, are brothers, and there is clearly a lot of very personal sentiment ensconced in the fruit of their labor.

Of the song’s title and video, frontman Ben Fuller explains, “Anjilla was the name of my Grandpa Smith’s fishing boat, named after my cousin Angela and my sister Jill. This video is mostly my parent’s home movies and I tried to make it flow as well as I could. I hope you all like it, it’s really something different.”

My favorite lyric:

“Hear the ghost’s voices echo on the wind/ All the singers you used to love, all dead men/ You look off to the starboard side and you realize you’ve never looked that way/ You still believe in Heaven’s gates but it’s not too late to change your mind”

Watch the video and stay posted for the release of their upcoming album, Arctic Days.

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If you are a fan of meaningful songwriting and artists like Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, U2, Bob Dylan and Pearl Jam, you will probably like the band China Davis. Formed by brothers Ben and Ted Fuller in the once thriving fishing town turned upper middle class sailboating community of Gig Harbor, WA, China Davis uses the experience of growing up in a socially and economically divided community to write songs steeped in conflict and common values. What separates China Davis from most bands writing personal conflict, political and socially based songs is that their songs empower the listener in knowing that there is a greater good to be had; through hardship we can still dream and dream big.

China Davis may be an indie band but their music is not unfamiliar, it is rich in tradition and simplicity. Their songs range from simple folk to anthemic arena rock. It's really hard to put them in a specific genre without just saying "this is just a damn good band." They have a "song first" attitude that has been lost on many bands in recent times; they are a throwback to bands of old that defy definition and predictability and are critically acclaimed by Northwest regional press for their 2007 album Shadowdancing:

"(Shadowdancing) sounds like The Joshua Tree, Damn the Torpedoes, Highway 61 Revisited, and Born in the USA shoved into Eddie Vedder's juicer." --Matt Driscoll, Weekly Volcano (Tacoma, WA).

"Their style of rock is what is missing in popular music."

"This group is nowhere near shallow, speaking with their heart and soul" --Alecia Gaussoin, Tacoma Weekly

The band is made up of Ben Fuller on vocals and guitar, his brother Ted on lead guitar, longtime bassist Eric Balcom and Andy Stockton on drums. Ben writes all the lyrics but most of the music is written with his brother Ted and arranged by the whole band. The band has played all over the Northwest with many notable acts such as: Leon Russell, The Smithereens, The Supersuckers, Flock of Seagulls, Jerry Miller of Moby Grape and Randy Bachman of Bachman Turner Overdrive and The Guess Who, The Missionary Position, Daniel Blue of Motopony as well as Vicci Martinez.

Ben has also teamed up with three other local Tacoma musicians to form a charity fundraising group named "Music Giving Back" which produces music based events for local and national charities. Some of the events that they have put together have been the 253Heart Music and Arts Festival, Benefit Concert for Slain Lakewood Police Officers, Breastfest, Songs of Hope --A fundraiser for Haitian Orphans and many more. Also, China Davis has played the Pierce County AIDS Walk, Susan G. Komen 3-day and Northwest Folklife.

China Davis has an album in the works for release in 2011 and their song "Arctic Days" is featured in the trailer for the movie A Perfect Life by Chad Ruin, which is gearing up for a release in theaters sometime this year. Recently, both the filmmakers of A Perfect Life and singer Ben Fuller were interviewed for the arts magazine Eyes In for the film and song.
Dedset is a Tacoma based, five piece rock outfit that combines lush acoustic textures with gritty PNW rock and roll.
Venue Information:
2803 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA, 98406