❤️ 'Every Human Heart'
Plus: COVID-19 vaccines have arrived.
Welcome to Tuesday.
The vaccines have officially arrived! While it’s likely you won’t be getting a vaccine before the end of the year (unless you’re a health care worker or in a long-term care facility) it’s honestly the best news we’ve heard in a while — the end is in sight. But as Gov. Inslee warns, we’re not quite there yet, so keep wearing those masks. 😷
Read on for our last Local Music Lowdown profile of the year with Warren Dunes, whose visual EP dropped today. Hopefully, this music column helped you discover some new local artists in 2020. You can read past interviews on our website and check out this playlist we made, featuring Local Music Lowdown musicians. Support these artists and others by visiting their Bandcamp pages to purchase music directly from them.
Reply to this email with which local musicians you've been listening to this year and maybe we'll feature them in the new year. 👀
Let’s get to it...
🎧 Local Music Lowdown: Warren Dunes
L to R: Jared Cortese, Julia Massey, Dom Cortese (Photo by Danny Denial)
To read the full article on our website click here.
Becoming Warren Dunes
Julia Massey intended to only stay in Seattle for a month; her plan was to visit some friends down the West Coast. Twelve years later, she's still here — with a kid, a husband, and a band.
The members of Warren Dunes met after Julia posted an ad for a bassist on Craigslist. One of the guys who responded was Dom and Jared’s bandmate in The Jesus Rehab and introduced the brothers to Julia.
Despite meeting shortly after Julia and Dom’s arrival to Seattle, the three of them didn’t play together immediately. That didn’t happen until after Jared and Julia got married in 2012 and after Dom and Julia’s band Five Finger Discount released their final record in 2017.
Since then, they’ve released an EP, and most recently — as of today — they’ve released a visual collection of songs in collaboration with Bad Habit Media.
Murals and Music
The three-song visual EP entitled “Every Human Heart” are songs that the band had written and recorded that didn’t quite fit on their next album, which is scheduled for a 2021 release date.
“It's really important to me to remember that every human heart counts — even the ones that I’m frustrated by and really really angry with,” Julia said. “There's still a heart inside that human and we're still on this planet together at the same time and I have to accept that.”
Over the summer, the band set out to record all three songs in front of three different murals around town, with Julia and Jared’s kid in tow, in one day. The result is an EP that not only showcases both the down-to-earth charm of the band but also their mission and desire to champion the city’s art.
“The day was definitely about recording these songs and making this video happen but it [also] felt like we were touching base with our city,” Dom said. “We were putting our hands to the ground so to speak and that felt really good.”
In a time where live music has stopped, what Warren Dunes offers with this EP is a glimmer of what once was and what will be again.
“It feels like the essence of life itself is live music,” Julia said. “I mean of course we have to eat and shelter ourselves, but is any of that worth it if we can't express ourselves through vibrations?”
Watch “Every Human Heart” here.
Favorite venue to play/see a show:
Dom: The Sunset
Jared: The Sunset, The Tractor Tavern, Conor Byrne Pub, The Crocodile
Julia: Clock-out Lounge, The Royal Room, Columbia City Theater
Favorite song by a local artist or about the PNW:
Dom: "Always Waiting" by Deep Sea Diver
Jared: “Let Them Eat Cake” by Robb Benson
Julia: “Seattle” by The Jesus Rehab
Song that got them through 2020:
Dom: “End of the Line” by Traveling Wilburys
Jared: “What Are You Doing” by Tres Leches
Julia: “I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd
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Things to do
✨ Check out the wild lights at the zoo (Phinney Ridge) —through Jan. 17
🎄 Stream ACT Theatre's classic "Christmas Carol" on-demand (Online) —through Dec. 27
💉 Join Crosscut for a conversation about the latest COVID-related science (Online)
🎹 Hear local jazz musicians perform "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (Online)
🌎 How does Seattle create a welcoming and inclusive community for people from all backgrounds? Hosted by The Evergrey and Civic Commons at 6 p.m. Register (Sponsored)
🎶 Get in the spirit by listening to the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band perform songs from Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite (Downtown)
🌠 Ponder the Winter Solstice night sky in an online planetarium show with Gathering Ground (Online)
One more thing…
🎨 Illustration by The Evergrey
Just a reminder that if you haven't completed your holiday shopping yet, we've got a holiday gift guide with 34 different gift ideas from local businesses to help you.
Thanks for reading to the bottom, we’ll be back tomorrow. Until then, take it easy. ✌️
— The Evergrey