KEXP New Home Grand Opening: Deep Sea Diver

Local Music, KEXP New Home
04/17/2016
Scott Kulicke
photo by Melissa Wax

At 7PM during KEXP's New Home Grand Opening, we were blessed with a magic hour: the sun had passed behind our wall but the dusk was still light. A crowd of fans spilled out into the courtyard from having just witnessed Hey Marseilles in the standing room only Gathering Space of KEXP. Now, they could cool off quickly and get a second wind of energy, just in time for an energetic, jam-heavy set by local band Deep Sea Diver

photo by Matthew B. Thompson
photo by Matthew B. Thompson

Thankfully, there was plenty of beer to keep people lively, because DSD is never a tame show. As DJ Cheryl Waters prefaced with an uncontrollable grin on her face, Deep Sea Diver typifies "the breadth of talent in this city."

photo by Matthew B. Thompson

photo by Matthew B. Thompson

She's not wrong: DSD's angular, at times athletically intricate music perfectly straddles the line between hard to play and easy to listen to - and you'd be hard pressed to find a harder working bassist than Garrett Gue. Of course, front woman Jessica Dobson electrifies live, particularly as she interplays with drummer, and husband, Peter Mansen, and multi-instrumentalist Elliot Jackson fills creatively fills between guitar and keys. As our final set outdoors during our Grand Opening celebration, Deep Sea Diver went far and long to show all in attendance how rich and deep Seattle's music scene really is.

photo by Matthew B. Thompson

photo by Matthew B. Thompson

photo by Matthew B. Thompson

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