Gems, Cracker Factory, Yak Attack @ Blue Moon Tavern

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Friday February 26, 2016
Blue Moon Tavern
712 NE 45th st.
Seattle, WA

Combining raw percussive power with unearthly synth pads and melodies, Seattle based live-tronica four piece Gems deftly navigates through strange and beautiful territory ranging from ambient psychedelia to hard danceable grooves.

This band is something of a throwback. A power trio in the tradition of the Jimi Hendrix Experience or Cream making modern rock music that is at once controlled and ferocious. It’s not normal, but it feels familiar. As Seattle’s The Stranger put it, “Since their first effort way back in the early aughts they’ve been unable to write anything but drum and guitar driven, proggy rock songs, whose anachronistic feel is easily forgotten because they’re just so fun to listen to”.

Yak Attack will make you dance. Founded in Portland, OR in 2013, the live electronica quartet has been making waves in the local scene and expanding its fan base regionally in its short history. Rowan Cobb (bass), Dave Dernovsek (keys) and Devin Weston (drums) combine skilled playing with live looping and effects, resulting in expansive sonic terrain and heightened peaks well beyond the capabilities of most live trios. In 2015, the group added Nick Werth (percussion/xylosynth) to the Yak herd. Nick is a fantastic musician and human being who also performs as solo hip-hop/loop artist GALAXE, and has opened up a whole new dimension of sound and live performance elements for the band. Electronic and traditional genres including house, breakbeat, downtempo, jazz, and funk, tight compositions seamlessly blended with improvisation, and frequent contributions from guest musicians define a typical Yak show. The band released its first full-length album in 2015, “Real World Conditions”, and will soon be bringing its unique mix of live chops, electronic techniques, and monkey noises to a venue near you.
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