Below, is the first issue of a web zine brought to you by ma home boyz in Le Grand Cru. They put out a Compilation CD to benefit the Japan relief effort. I had the great honor of being one of the featured artists. I submitted an unreleased song, and it’s the only place you can purchase it.
Getting to play The Tractor Tavern felt like a Birthday/Christmas present/first kiss all wrapped into one. The Tractor Tavern is a landmark venue in Seattle where some of the best have, and continue to play shows.
The sound was excellent, the room was surprisingly full, and we played really well. We’d just finished our Port Angeles Mini Tour, so this was our 4th show in 3 days. All the time together on tour made us closer friends. That carried into our live show. We had a lot of fun, and played our best show yet. Here’s two videos from the show!
We also played with two very talented bands. The Directory had a indie-pop sound. Lots of great piano hooks, dance rock beats, and melody focused lead guitar. Best part, all three dudes in the band are extremely friendly.
The opener, Kiersten Holine, played a great set. A second guitarist, and percussionist accompanied Kiersten. They nailed some great harmonies.
A big THANK YOU to all who came out to the show, to the Tractor for hosting, and to the Directory for adding us to the bill! I can’t wait to play there again. For more pics please visit me on the Facebook.
Tires screeching, brakes slipping, driving way too fast, I barely made it onto the Edmonds/Kingston ferry. On a beautiful day in May the band and I made it out to Port Angeles to play a string of shows.
My good friend Andrew convinced Peninsula College to host a show, pay our ship fees, and our ration costs. While we were on that side of the Strait of Juan De Fuca, we thought, why not play as much as possible. Andrew also hooked us up with the most punk rawk house show ever (Standing room only), and a show at The Upper Room. Too much fun!
Best part, I got to spend a lot of time chillen with my new band mates. They are such great guys, and they make the music sound SO much better. I’m blown away at every show.
At night we slept at a zoo. Ok, it was actually a house, but there were 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 fish tanks, and 2 birds. Here’s a video of one of the birds getting smart with Mike (our drummer).
I mean, the bird was hitting on his wife, Elise. We have proof on film.
And is case you didn’t catch that, “Baby, please. I may be in a cage, but I’m a free bird.” I was happy to interpret bird-speak, as it is my first language.
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Two months ago I got a chance to catch up with my good friend Jon French (former lead vocals/guitar of Breathe: Repeat). After showing him some of my songs he asked, “Who’s playing with you man?” I sheepishly replied, “I got nuffin’.” Jon called a few friends. I had a bassist and lead guitarist lined up within a day.
I still needed a drummer and keyboard-finger-gymnast. Tommy “NO THEFT” Panigot, another amazing friend, contacted a drummer. I called up an old college buddy with skillz on the ivories. Both agreed to join the team.
Now, ladies and gents, may I introduce you to the band: Andy Bangs (former Breathe: Repeat) on lead guitar, Mark Smith on bass, Mike Uhlenkott (former Paper Astronomer) on drums, Nick Lee on keys and harmonies, and me playing guitar and singing.
I’m so happy to be playing music with such talented and kind gentlemen. When the guys came to learn the new material, it was the first time I’d ever heard my own songs performed live. I’ve looked forward to band practice every single week. Feeling the bass and kick, getting to sing with someone else, and hearing all the parts performed together fills me with joy. I can’t wait to share this experience with people. The world debut for the new line up will be 8pm, April 19th 2011, at
the High Dive in Fremont, Seattle.
For the past 4 years I have been writing and performing music under the moniker Den U Ma. After releasing my most recent EP, “A Beggars Bread,” I realized a change had taken place. The sound, style, and spirit of music had shifted. I feel like
the music has gotten more honest and self-exposing.
I’ve noticed that the only way I can be real with myself is through song writing. For some reason I can sing about things I’m scared to talk about. “The Hidden Rose” starts with the line, “I am afraid of growing old, and what I’ve been told about dying in each day.” The first time these lyrics came out of my mouth I was completely shocked. Suddenly I realized how much I didn’t want to become old and isolated. My childhood was over. I just hadn’t realized it.
The music has really helped me process my fears and look for joy and hope in the dark places. In the title track from, “A Beggars Bread” I sing the line, “My journal needs new ink, my mind a way to think. My canvas needs painting. The heart much saving.” I believe art has a lot of power in it. When I let myself be creative, I can get my fears out in front of me, and have more perspective and power over my own circumstances.
So, after coming up with a lot of really bad band names, I decided to listen to my mother and “just be myself.” I am now playing under my own name, Timothy Robert Graham.
I am currently working on recording a ten track LP. The theme of the record is starting to emerge. So far ideas about hurt, loss, regret, and fear are juxtaposed by ideas about love, compassion, and hope. My friend Daniel Blue (Motopony)
noticed that redemption seems to be a common thread.
I started the recording at the Dolce beachfront cabin on Camano Island, located an hour north of Seattle. I’ve continued recording in my house studio on Beacon Hill (where I recorded Tony Kevin Jr.’s EP, Poverty). I have three more songs to
record, and I’m eyeing a friend’s early 1900’s house.
Le Grand Cru will release the first single on a compilation fundraiser album. Proceeds will benefit a Japan relief fund. The scheduled release is set for late April, early May. I’m hoping to complete the full length LP by late June, early July. The working title is, “Let Me Sing.”
I recently finished producing/recording a concept EP for my friend, Tony Kevin Jr. The three-song project became a convergence point for local artists here in Seattle. The title track, “Poverty,” included guest vocals from Damien Jurado, Bryan John Appleby, and Rory Corbin (Valhalla Hill). Melodie Knight (Campfire OK) and Abbey Simmons (Sound on the Sound) came often to hang out and keep us company. Abbey brought the most amazing pulled pork and coleslaw sandwiches one afternoon, which was arguably the best part of the whole recording process…definitely the tastiest part.
I also had the pleasure of playing the electric guitar parts, bass, and throwing down some crazy back-up vocals. The project allowed me to spend a lot of time with Tony. He’s a great guy, and a very talented artist.
The recording landed airtime on Seattle Radio Station KEXP, as well as an interview in Seattle’s City Arts Magazine. Download the album at Tony’s Bandcamp, or pick it up at Sonic Boom in Ballard, WA.