FIALTA, Handsome & Gretyl, Tyson Motsenbocker, Surrogate


Handsome & Gretyl

Tyson Motsenbocker


Wednesday 4/19

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:30 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

$10 advance / $14 day of show

This event is 21 and over

Last July, California-based indie pop quartet Fialta released their second full length record, Shadow of a Drought -- a, wry, synth-laced, pop meditation on life in the 21st Century which debuted on Billboard as the #1 Pacific Album and the #10 Heatseekers' Album. Fialta includes Beth Clements, Mike Leibovich, Sarah Shotwell, and David Provenzano, two married couples who teamed up in 2011.

Shadow of a Drought is a balanced departure from Fialta’s first record, Summer Winter (2013), retaining plenty of the band's surfy, west coast overtones while showcasing electronic elements and high-energy, dance-worthy rhythms. The album title’s pun was pulled from a line in Fialta’s forthcoming single, “Do the Best We Can,” a soaring, harmonic, millennial anthem inspired by the dangerous drought conditions faced by the band’s home state. The rest of the album follows suit thematically, wrestling with the implications of drought of all kinds: environmental, spiritual, creative, and relational. But the hooky, harmony-driven record never steers too far into serious waters, delivering incisive lyrical observations with synthy, sun-drenched, melodic fervor and a touch of irony, qualities that have earned Fialta comparisons to bands like Vampire Weekend, Foster the People, Phoenix, and Stars.

The tightly knit four piece are multi-instrumentalists who regularly swap roles during their live set, employ dueling male/female lead vocals, and collaborate on writing and producing. This April, Fialta will head out on a west coast tour with Surrogate and Tyson Motsenbocker.
Handsome & Gretyl
Handsome & Gretyl
He came from Toronto; she, from Seattle.

Both had music in their blood, instruments in their hands, and a mind to create.

The mountains led him to the west; a star led her to the north.
In Vancouver they met and schooled—studying music and life.
They found promise.
They found love.

In less than a year they put school on hold, got married, and lived.
With music and purpose guiding them, school called again and to Nashville they went.
He became an audio engineer; she became a songwriter; music stayed central and they continued to create.

The couple formed Handsome and Gretyl and released their debut EP, Hold On Tight Love in 2011, followed by a Christmas EP, Wonder in 2012 and their first full-length, Miles and Miles in 2013. Presently they are working on a project called TWELVE, their next full-length album, to be released on 12-12-15. The exciting thing about TWELVE is that one song will be written, recorded, and released each month, so folks can follow along as it blooms and grows.

Handsome and Gretyl have created an earthy folk feel crossed with an imaginative jaunt of pop, a sweet and tangy piece of wild berry pie. This duo draws from real life, delivering optimistic though realistic lyrics, seasoned with the chill of snow, the sea breeze, and the hope of tomorrow’s sunrise.
Tyson Motsenbocker
Tyson Motsenbocker
In North Central Washington State, Tyson Motsenbocker grew up in the apple orchards and pine forests at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. It’s the pastoral sound of his childhood that has defined the sound of his music, even among the freeways and fast pace of his new Southern California home. After the release of two EP’s Until it Lands and Rivers and Roads Motsenbocker defined himself as a mature lyricist and accomplished songwriter, sharing the stage with the likes of David Bazan, Vance Joy and James Bay.

In 2013, after the death of his mother and hero, Motsenbocker walked the six hundred mile stretch of coastline to San Francisco in memory of her. In the contrast of loud cars on a dirty highway with the serene beauty of the Pacific Ocean Motsenbocker contracted a new view of life beyond loss, a renegotiated relationship with God and peace inside the turmoil. This walk would become the basis for his debut full length record availlable now on Tooth & Nail Records
Surrogate draws their inspiration from the shoegaze and introspective indie bands of the 90s and 2000s, injecting a healthy amount of self-deprecation and classic melodic sensibility for an intelligent take on the standard guitar-driven alternative rock sound.

For their 4th studio record, Post-Heroic, the band took their new-found self-sufficiency to new levels, moving into a dilapidated studio deep for two years of writing, recording, drinking cheap beer, and taking their sweet ass time. Since then, they’ve been… uh, occupied.

Whatever the “hot” new sound may be, Surrogate is pretty sure that they’re not it.
Venue Information:
High Dive Seattle
513 N 36th St.
Seattle, WA, 98103