The Fun Police are really weird. That is to say, the septet is one of South Sound’s most offbeat and wildly inventive bands, with a creative vision that encompasses genre-blurring party anthems – parts punk, Celtic, reggae and country – satirical PSA videos and even good grub. (Fun Police associate “Fryin’” Ryan Hatcher served up gourmet grits during the band’s performance at Tacoma’s Grit City Fest in June, as captured on film here.)
At the moment, the “Bullies in Blue” are busy winding down their first West Coast tour with their hard-drinkin’ homies from Ten Miles of Bad Road. Singer-guitarist Kevin Schulz – a.k.a. Ranger Ruffhousen, has kept me up to speed on some of the highlights: Lots of busking, some bridge diving, a possibly schizophrenic break-dancer. Getting chased by real police outside of Disneyland. You know, the usual. But Sunday, they’ll both be back in town for Ten Miles’ Outlaw Music Festival at O’Malley’s Irish Pub.
We’ve got a related story running in Sunday’s Sound Life section. Meanwhile, enjoy some of the band’s music videos and PSAs.
Just got word that tickets to see The xx – one of the most hipster-approved bands of ’09 – go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday, March 20. The all-ages show is 8 p.m. April 12 at Seattle’s Showbox SoDo, tickets are $20 and you can find out more here.
So here’s the thing. I could play it off as if I edited the following video, starring Roman Holiday, to make it look all arty farty and “impressionistic” on purpose. But I cannot tell a lie. I am a knucklehead, and I left my camera’s closeup switch on, something I didn’t figure out until just before Motopony went onstage later last Saturday night.
But the sound is pretty tight, though, user error aside. And this clip will give you an idea of what one of Tacoma’s most polished indie-rock bands plays; you know, epic, melodic …
Spoon’s just announced tour will bring the indie rock fave to Seattle’s Moore Theatre on April 9 and 10. The band – known for “The Underdog,” “Don’t You Evah” and other cult hits – will release it’s eagerly awaited new album “The Transference” on Jan. 19. But you can listen to a live stream now, courtesy of NPR, here.