Category Archives: Album Reviews

Album Review: Bandolier – Steady Love EP

Bandolier – Steady Love EP (self-released, 2014) Seattle’s Bandolier contributed the title track from their Steady Love EP to Ball of Wax 35, tipping me off to their particular brand of melodic goodness. The other four songs that round out the … Continue reading

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Album Review: The Crush – Future Blimps

The Crush – Future Blimps (self-released, 2014) Power pop trio the Crush first appeared on the Seattle scene sometime in 2013. They had the energy, enthusiasm, Kinks covers and cool guitars (Rickenbacker 360 and Danelectro Longhorn bass!!!) to quickly gain … Continue reading

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Attempting to Capture Lightning: Casey Ruff and the Mayors of Ballard

Casey Ruff – Pomp and Circumstance (2014, self-released) You know Casey Ruff before you know him. The honest bartender, the dude who looks the same at 2 AM as 11 AM, who will speak freely, and humorously, at any time.  … Continue reading

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No Longer Local: Virgin of the Birds Ready for the Big Stage with Winter Seeds

Virgin of the Birds – Winter Seeds (2014, Abandoned Love Records/Song, By Toad) We were watching a Ball of Wax show, arms folded and quiet, like proper Seattle concertgoers, and there had been some high level musicianship from someone who … Continue reading

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Album Review: The Foghorns – The Big F EP

The Foghorns – The Big F (self-released, 2013) Seattle-area staples and Ball of Wax abettors the Foghorns began selling the Big F EP from the merch table at their recent Conor Byrne show with Levi Fuller & the Library and … Continue reading

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Marc Laurick’s Thesis on Album-oriented Rock: tourbillons

Marc Laurick – tourbillons (2013, self-released) Marc Laurick is part of the rhythm section for a growing number of Seattle-based musicians– something like a contemporary Leland Sklar of The Section. I can’t think of how many songwriters he’s sat in … Continue reading

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Album Review: Levi Fuller & the Library – Social Music EP

Levi Fuller & the Library – Social Music EP (2013, self-released) It’s been four years since our fearless leader Levi Fuller’s Colossal, a semi-cephalopodic collection of songs – many of which first appeared in a nascent form on Ball of … Continue reading

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Supercrow – Captain EP

Supercrow – Captain EP (2013, self-released) Allow me to introduce to you Supercrow, a band fresh out of Portland, Oregon. I am about to dive into their new recording with you, but first, for you tl;dr types I should mention … Continue reading

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Album Review: Loud Springs – Trinity Blast Suite

Loud Springs – Trinity Blast Suite (2012, self-released) Loud Springs is the new project from Dean Wells, who spent much of the last decade writing, recording and eventually performing as the Capstan Shafts. Wells is a lo fi savant, channeling … Continue reading

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Album Review: Meursault – Something for the Weakened

Meaursault – Something for the Weakened (2012, Song, By Toad Records) Edinburgh’s Meursault have been gaining acclaim and attention across the UK and Europe over the past few years, most notably for 2010’s outstanding All Creatures Will Make Merry. A … Continue reading

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