KEXP Suggests: Friends and Family w/ The Hoot Hoots & Julia Massey @ The Crocodile 5/25

Local Music, KEXP Suggests
Jake Uitti

Two of Seattle’s up and coming – and most playful – groups will join forces Saturday, May 25, for the record release show for Friends and Family band at The Crocodile Café. The event, sure to be full of positive energy, bright colors and harmonies, will feature Julia Massey and the Fiver Finger Discount and The Hoot Hoots, alongside compatriots Friends and Family.

“Friends and family have put a year’s work into our debut album,” said band member Nathaniel Elliot Tanner Rogers. “But it is also the culmination of our earliest chapter as a band, going back to our college days together. We are ecstatic to share our work. The release show will be more than a show: it will be a singular experience. Wardrobe changes, new songs, guest stars, covers, and more!”

The new Friends and Family band LP, Happy, Good-Looking, and in Love, is produced by Sam Anderson of Hey Marseilles. Its 10 tracks are a diverse, meandering and powerful bunch without being overwhelming. Lead singer Ben Violet has a malleable, sweet voice and the music behind him is fun, packed with strings, male and female backing vocals, tambourines and heavy bass lines. You can sample the new album here on their soundcloud page.

Both Julia Massey and the FFD and The Hoot Hoots have been working hard this summer to share their music with fans. Fresh off an Audioasis in-studio at KEXP on Saturday May 11th, Julia Massey and TFFD recently finished a mid-west and east coast tour, hitting Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York City, Chicago and other cities. The Hoot Hoots, who were featured on the KEXP Song of the Day podcast series in January, were also recently on tour, hitting West Coast venues in Fresno, Sacramento and San Francisco.

Known for their poppy, video gamey, synth sounds, The Hoot Hoots also dress the part, wearing rainbow-colored cloaks and bright, reflective sunglasses. Julia Massey is no slouch for gig garb either, often donning feather masks, pastel mascara and angel wings. Dominic Cortese, drummer for the FFD, regularly plays sans shirt, scrawling the name favorite Seattle bands on his bare chest!

The all-ages show will also feature Seattle band Wishbeard as the opening act. Doors are at 8pm, tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of, and can be purchased here.

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