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The Senate 4th Anniversary Party
Columbia City Theater
Seattle, WA
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The Senate 4th Anniversary Party
The Senate, Seattles foremost purveyors of face-melting acoustic riffage, formed in 2002 when Oliver Franklin, a rock-and-roll guitarist with a classical background, went to a local coffeehouse to hear a solo set by African drummer-turned guitarist Nick Drummond.

Though Nick and Oliver had been high school classmates, Oliver was unprepared for what he heard that night.

Nicks music was memorable and technically accomplished, and he had a rhythmic approach to the guitar that I had never heard before, says Oliver.

The two nineteen year-old musicians swapped songs after the show, and soon began writing and playing shows together. Jazz bassist Andrew Pulkrabek, Olivers grade-school friend and frequent musical collaborator, went to one of their early shows and heard something new as well.

I had no idea acoustic instruments could rock so hard, says Andrew.

In 2005 Nick and Oliver invited Andrew to play with them at a benefit concert, and the bands lineup was completed. The members diverse backgrounds in music ranging from Afro-pop to heavy metal to musical theater proved to be an asset as they began to develop their sound. Using acoustic guitars, an upright bass and three voices, the Senate began writing nuanced and aggressive music grounded in polyrhythmic grooves, three-part vocal harmonies and a heavily percussive playing style.

We talked about finding a drummer, but it turned out we didnt need one, says Drummond.

The Senates songs range from simple and introspective to driving and chaotic, a stylistic breadth mirrored in lyrics about sex, death, power, love, war, and drinking in space.

The Senate will release its first full-length recording, Live at Solstice, at a party at the Triple Door in downtown Seattle on March 11, 2008. The ten-song record includes a DVD of the bands live show, recorded in September 2007 at Cafe Solstice in Seattles University District.

Our fans have been amazingly supportive of our live shows, explains Drummond, so when they asked for a live experience they could take home, we listened.

The band has won opening slots for Everclear, the Paperboys, Vicci Martinez, and Handful of Luvin, and placed first in Washington State Universitys 2007 Battle of the Bands. Its first recording, the EP These Cold Winds, was produced by former Nirvana engineer Tom Pfaeffle in 2006.

With powerful walls of sound built by only two acoustic guitars, an upright bass, and three voices, The Senates catchy songwriting, tight arrangements, and unorthodox instrumental techniques create a dynamic musical hybrid that continues to push the boundaries of acoustic instrumentation.

The Senate = Face-Melting Acoustic Riffage


Columbia City Theater
4916 Ranier Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98118
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: NightPiper Productions
On BPT Since: Nov 18, 2008

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