Capitol Hill Block Party 2015, Day 1: Acid Tongue, Black Whales, Yumi Zouma

Local Music, Live Reviews
Geran Landen
photo by Victoria Holt

Barboza has served as the launch band for many Seattle Band's careers throughout the years. It was only fitting then that on Friday at Capitol Hill Block Party, local bands dominated the Barboza stage. Sets from Acid Tongue and Black Whales showed the strength of Seattle's music scene, and left all who ventured down the stairs to Barboza thoroughly pleased.

Acid Tongue brought their unique twist of beachy-rock to the Barboza stage early on Friday. The set was full of songs that had just the right amount of melody and noise. Flangy guitar and heavy breakdowns filled Barboza, and the set drew decent numbers considering the Seattle band was competing with local hip-hop favorites Shabazz Palaces in an afternoon slot. The band even managed to infuse their style into a cover of the classic Temptations song "My Girl," showing no genre of music was safe from getting "licked up" by the tongue. The Seattle quartet could be seen checking the time and discussing what to play next, which provided a refreshing glimpse of an obviously young band with a bright future ahead of them. By the end of the set, it was evident that everyone was clearly having fun with the tongue. Acid Tongue:

photo by Victoria Holt

photo by Victoria Holt

photo by Victoria Holt

As twilight crept upon Seattle, and the CHBP crowd began to grow, Black Whales took the stage at Barboza. The five piece filled the venue with their excellent blend of psych-rock, showing why they are a staple of the Seattle music scene. The group used a wall of reverb not as a crutch, but as a tool, setting the soundscape for their catchy hooks and guitar riffs to trade punches. It was the perfect set to kick off Friday night, and the crowded Barboza basement seemed inclined to agree.

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