What is the Seattle sound? Truth is it changes. Frequently. Garage rock reigned in the mid-'60s. Grunge exploded out of the Emerald City in the early '90s and the world is still reeling. Today, hip-hop acts like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Shabazz Palaces, and Blue Scholars rule the roost.
Red Jacket Mine sounds like none of these. Led by songwriter Lincoln Barr, this quartet proudly calls Seattle home, but you'd be hard-pressed to pinpoint the guys' area code simply by spinning their superlative new album, Someone Else's Cake.
At first blush, this batch of eleven originals seems more like a product of England in the aftermath of punk, when angry young men such as Graham Parker, Joe Jackson, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, and Messrs. Difford and Tilbrook of Squeeze spilled out of the pubs and elbowed their way into the UK charts. (There's even a hint of graphic design innovator Barney Bubbles in Shawn Wolfe's cover art.) But pay closer attention. Trust us, it isn't hard. Someone Else's Cake brims with melodies and lyrics that reveal new, deeper charms with repeated spins.
released February 19, 2013
Red Jacket Mine is
Lincoln Barr (vocals/guitar)
Matthew Cunningham (bass/vocals)
Andrew Salzman (drums/vocals)
Johnny Sangster (percussion/guitar/vocals)
Daniel Walker (keys)
and special guests
Ty Bailie (piano on "Bellar & Bawl")
Jeff Brown (vocals on "Ron Nasty")
Jeff Conlin (organ on "Listen Up")
Craig Flory (saxophone, horn arrangements on "Engineer," "Better to Be Broken Than Blind")
Ken Stringfellow (vocals on "Better to Be Broken Than Blind," "Novelty's Gone," "Skint City"; Solina on "Better to Be Broken Than Blind")
Tom Yoder (trombone on "Better to Be Broken Than Blind")
Produced by Johnny Sangster
Recorded at Avast! and Crackle & Pop, Seattle, WA
Mixed at Avast! by Johnny Sangster
Mastered by JJ Golden at Golden Mastering, Ventura, CA
Design by Shawn Wolfe
Thanks to: Christian Barr, Rue Ishiyama, and Cindy Reiner; Xian & all at Fin Records; Jacob London; Brian Saunders (for all the gear!); Stag; Patrick R. Porter; Stu & Jay at Avast!; El Camion; Chuck Prophet; Craig Flory, Tom Yoder, Paul Hiraga, Pretenmont Mensch, Joe Tambien, and all the generous contributors to this album; and most of all, our families & friends for their support.