On Saturday, Feb. 27, Burien’s ‘Animal Camera’ was selected as the wild card selection to advance to EMP’s ‘Sound Off!’ finals, which will be held on Saturday, March 5.
Here’s a video of them performing “4th Dimensional Surfboard” during this year’s Sound Off! Semifinals #2 on Feb. 20:
Click here to view the embedded video.
They’ll be competing against the winners, hip-hop group Dre’zy and Too Smoove from Renton, as well as Seattle’s Cosmos and Redmond’s Paris Alexa.
Unfortunately, the other Burien entry – Travis Thompson – did not advance.
However, both Artists are featured in regular rotation on SoKing Internet Radio, your free, 24/7 all-local music source – tune in here!
The Sound Off! finals competition will take place this coming Saturday, March 5 with the following bands:
ANIMAL CAMERA – Burien, WA (indie pop/rock)
Psych-pop outfit Animal Camera is perfectly in control and simultaneously ungovernable. At times they are extra-terrestrial, eccentric, and dreamy (echoing an Ariel Pink basement recording) before suddenly transforming into a murky, menacing, rambunctious, and even campy sound (invoking intonations resonant of Lux Interior of the Cramps).
COSMOS – Seattle, WA (hip-hop/R&B)
COSMOS’ brand of genre-busting hip-hop is densely layered and expertly produced. With influences including Thundercat, Kendrick Lamar, and Chance the Rapper, it’s no surprise that a bold, hybrid sound underscores their easy swagger. From sax solos to electro-beats, their natural charisma as storytellers shines through the speakers with a meticulously crafted sound they describe as a “Sunday Morning after a kickass Saturdaynight.”
PARIS ALEXA – Redmond, WA (R&B/pop)
Paris Alexa’s playful doo-wop pop is masterfully crafted using nothing more than a bit of technology and her voice. Many of her songs are done using no instruments, and indeed Alexa’s strength comes from her complex vocal arrangements, ones with Motown and old-school soulful cues written all over them.
DRE’ZY AND TOO SMOOVE – Renton, WA (hip-hop)
Dre’zy and Too Smoove describe themselves as “a band that likes surprises,” and they deliver on that promise with soulful hip-hop that demands you dance to its smooth sounds. Chock-full with catchy beats alongside their laid-back attitude, their musical inventiveness is best approached as an instrumental head-trip.
The Sound Off! finals event will also feature a special performance by Sound Off! alumni band, Tomten, as part of this special 15th anniversary edition!
WHEN: Saturday, March 5, 2015 at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.)
WHERE: EMP’s Sky Church, 325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
TICKETS: $14 for the general public, $10 for EMP members, students with ID, and youth (5-17 years-old). On sale now at EMPmuseum.org.
The finals competition will be emceed by Troy Nelson, host of KEXP 90.3’s Variety Mix and the performances will be judged by a jury of industry professionals. The Sound Off! 2016 champion will win a coveted performance slot at Bumbershoot. Additional prizes for the finalists include gear, studio time, radio airplay, one-on-one consultations with industry professionals, and performance opportunities at Sasquatch Music Festival, Timber Outdoor Music Festival, Northwest Folklife, and a community show organized by KEXP 90.3.
Now in its 15th year, Sound Off! supports the local music scene by giving musicians 21 and under an opportunity to showcase their work, connect with the larger artistic community, and perform live at a top venue in the region. This year’s musicians hail from throughout the northwest from Olympia, WA to Vancouver, BC and other parts of the region. Sound Off! is made possible, in part, by support from: Bumbershoot, Sasquatch Music Festival, Timber! Outdoor Music Festival, Northwest Folklife, KEXP, Drum Workshop, Dunlop, Fastback Studios, Fender, Glazer’s Camera, Hotel Max, London Bridge Studios, Pagliacci, and Talking Rain.
ABOUT EMP MUSEUM
EMP is a leading-edge, nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel popular culture. With its roots in rock ‘n’ roll, EMP serves as a gateway museum, reaching multigenerational audiences through collections, exhibitions and educational programs, using interactive technologies to engage and empower its visitors. At EMP, artists, audiences and ideas converge, bringing understanding, interpretation and scholarship to the popular culture of our time.
EMP is housed in a 140,000 square foot Frank O. Gehry-designed building. This spectacular, prominently visible structure has the presence of a monumental sculpture set amid the backdrop of the Seattle Center.