Reset (The Pandemic EP) by Thee Deception

“One two three four! One two three four! One two three four! One two three four!”

Cascadian partisans Thee Deception have issued its sophomore EP, the 3-track Reset (The Pandemic EP). Give it a listen below.

Like the band’s previous release, Capital, this EP is an over-in-a-flash flurry of punchy punk tunes. It’s unclear where the band recorded this, though I can hazard to guess: from a phone, and at their practice space in Ballard(?).

I personally love these kinds of recordings – where it’s just the band doing what they already do at rehearsals. No need to gussy up; as one of the members can be heard at the end of the 2nd song, Big Trees, saying “I fucked it up.”

The album opener is pretty neat too, entitled 1 2 3 4. It opens with a scam phone message from the IRS – before Samuel Bligh punctuates “One two three four!”, looped like a retarded Roland electronic drum kit.

The record closes with Tough Guy, my personal favorite off the record. It’s an instrumental banger; opening with yet another scam call (this one sounding like a Kevin James impressionist moonlighting at a call centre). Excellent punk drumming from Regan Hagar, who carried the 2/4 tune all the way to completion.

Thee Deception are oft seen in-and-around their hometown of Seattle, Cascadia. The band sadly had to cancel some shows these couple months (May), due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. I suppose this record got its name from that whole incident.

If you dug this EP, definitely check out the band’s first release, Capitol. It’s available on vinyl and digital formats on the band’s Bandcamp page. Thee Deception are a killer live band, so when the world is back and perhaps in post-apocalyptic form, definitely go see them if you live in Seattle – you can count that they’ll still be booking shows. For now, here’s the band performing two songs at Easy Street Records.

Downward Spiral by Green River Thrillers

The first single to come off the Seattle three-piece’s forthcoming record.

Downward Spiral is the latest single to arrive from Seattle-based noise rock trio, Green River Thrillers. According to the band’s Bandcamp page, this banger is to be part of a forthcoming EP; untitled for now. Tracking and mixing duties were handled by engineers Steve Feasley and Scot Michael at Strange Earth Studios and Titan Recording Studio, respectively. Check out Downward Spiral below.

This track puts forth some pretty grimy and heavy sounding concepts, executed with the bands signature punchiness. Interestingly, the vocals only kick in past the halfway point of the track, and only lasts through a couple verses, but it really ties the arrangement together.

‘Downward Spiral’ is the first new music to arrive from the band since 2016’s split 7″ release with Stereo Creeps. That release is popping as well, with the Greenriver Thrillers supplying the dreamy and anthemic Body Parts; while the Stereo Creeps contributed the sentimental and dissonant tune Choose Yr Weapon (which I thought was gonna be a weird ass Hiatus Kaiyote cover). Check those tracks out below.

Greenriver Thrillers are made up of members Gary Hughes, Alan Alfano and Phil Smith. The trio have described their music as a blend of “many elements of rock n’ roll”, which influences spanning classic punk, metal, and even some shades of experimental music. While I was looking this information up on their Bandcamp page, I noticed that at the end, it wrote: “The trio are currently set to release a new record titled ‘Distorted Diva’ in June of 2016” – so perhaps it’s time for an update fellas!