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Seattle-based Solving Sounds podcast talks to Julie: Listen Here

AltRevue podcast talks to Gary and Julie: Listen Here

 


Recent press

Our latest release Dream the Currents has been out for a week now, and already we’re down to only 3 copies of the limited, hand-numbered CDs! If you want one, order it soon. We have more coming, but they will not be numbered. When we do run out of the limited ones, you should still be able to get a copy at these local Seattle record stores: Jigsaw Records, Sonic Boom, Easy Street, Everyday Music, Fat Cat Records, Georgetown Records and Silver Platters.

There’s been a good response so far, including a listing in the KEXP new releases blog!

A really detailed and thoughtful video review is up at Dan’s Tunes.

We have a track on the Ball of Wax Quarterly #55, and while we weren’t available to play the supporting show some of us will be in the audience. All proceeds go to RAICES for this border-themed comp.

Brazil’s The Blog That Celebrates Itself was kind enough to ask us to do a track-by-track of the EP, so check that out if you’d like to know more about the EP. Here’s a rough translation of his intro:

The Seattle quartet of Gary, Julie, Rian and Charlie – or, Guest Directors for the intimate – is a classic guitar band at its core.

Dissonances, reverberations, poetry, noise, melody, everything properly balanced and embedded symmetrically and perfectly dosed.

Following the tradition of people like Throwing Muses, Dinosaur Jr., Swervedriver among others, the Guest Directors have been writing their story in stride. From the first EP “These Beautiful Things” of 2016, to last year’s powerful “Captured in The Light”, until, perhaps, its most intense moment, with the birth of the third EP, “Dream the Currents” released just over a week ago.

Intensive guitars, melodic basses, serving as the conducting wire for Julie to release her voice in intense and seductive performances, with the exception of “Where You Belong” where the voices are Gary’s.

The EP is linearly perfect, but perhaps the moment of greater grandeur is with the superb “Minor Mendings”, with an intrinsic rhythmic tangle evoking the great moments of Tanya Donelly and Kristin Hersh, with even more abrasive touches.

A highly unique work that, like the great records deserves to be meticulously detailed, the Guest Directors at the request of TBTCI reveal the secrets of “Dream the Currents” track to track.

Play, Grow, and Dig Deep in the World of Guest Directors


New EP available now + release show tonight!

Our latest release is available now!

Tonight we’re celebrating with our friends Loose Wing, These People Here, and Spinster at the LoFi – details here.

Give a listen below, and you can buy on Bandcamp, iTunes, or Amazon. You can also add to your playlists on Spotify or Soundcloud.


Early listen to our next single

Here’s a snippet of the next song we’re releasing from “Dream the Currents“. You can hear the whole 6+ minutes of it on Friday on Bandcamp, SoundCloud or YouTube. Enjoy!


New song out this Friday!

This Friday, January 25, will be the release of the first song from our upcoming 5-song EP, “Dream the Currents”. You’ll be able to hear it on Bandcamp, Soundcloud and YouTube, and you’ll also be able to preorder the EP on Bandcamp if you desire.

If you’ve signed up for our mailing list you’ll get an early listen!

Here’s a peek at the cover: 

 


One more show before the year is out

It’s been a slow year for shows for us, between one of us recovering from major surgery and spending a fair amount of time recording our next release. We’ve got one show lined up before we start a fresh year – this one is special because it’s a “Family Night” with bands that we are good friends with, share a practice space with, and there is quite a bit of crossover with band members and other bands. See the details here: The Funhouse November 28.


One more show before a long break

Hope to see you on July 5th at the Sunset Tavern – after that we’ll be taking an extended break for the summer while we do some recording.


Upcoming shows and more

We enjoyed playing (and attending!) Seagaze Fest 2018. We saw some of our friends’ band perform stellar sets, and we discovered a lot of new bands that we’re now following. You can check out a photo gallery at DKFM.com (a major sponsor of the festival, and a huge supporter of shoegaze and related/adjacent music worldwide), and also on the Seagaze photo page on Facebook.

Coming up we have 3 shows in a short time frame: Friday 6/8 at Substation, Saturday 6/23 at Substation (as part of Earwigfest 2018), and Thursday 7/5 at the Sunset Tavern. We hope to see you at one or more of these shows – we might be debuting some new songs so it’s an exciting time!

What’s REALLY exciting – to us anyway – is that we have dates booked this summer to start recording our third release!

 


Get ready for SEAGAZE 2018!

We’re excited to have a slot on this year’s Seagaze Festival – a 4-day series of shows at the LoFi featuring shoegaze, dream pop, post-punk and psych bands. The bulk of these bands are from right here in the PNW, but there are some from points beyond, including one from Italy! We’re playing on the first “official” night, on Thursday 4/26, with New Candys, Dirty Sidewalks and Close Encounter. Get your tickets here!

Listen to a preview of many of the bands included.

 


Captured in the Light track-by-track

If you have an interest in knowing a little more about our new EP, Renato Malizia from The Blog That Celebrates Itself was kind enough to ask us to do a track-by-track writeup. Below is a translation of the intro text, run through Google Translate and cleaned up for idiomatic clarity. Click here read our rundown on the tracks.
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The Seattle quartet, a favorite of the TBTCI, Guest Directors, came back with their second EP, which knew the world three days ago, and offering the launch, a super lineup that happened on Saturday 31 with no less than Overlake and Black Nite Crash.

But returning to the EP, which goes by the name of “Captured in the Light”, incidentally, perhaps the name may perfectly reflect the quantitative quality of the disc. An absolutely inspirational guitars work, which picks up references in 80’s icons, read: Johnny Marr and Will Sergeant, combined with the experimental quality of Sonic Youth.

“Captured in the Light” has exactly these two focal angles, the melody and the distortion confront each other in the four sound pearls.

The Guest Directors are literally a direct descendant of the guitar bands of the 90’s, and with a plus, it succeeds in absorbing other elements sounding absolutely modern.

With all of this in mind, TBTCI invited two of its creators, Julie D and Gary Thorstensen, to dissect the work in detail, and the result, you read below.