Thursday, June 13, 2013

Alabaster: The Villain in Me

Alabaster Kicks Ass This Spring 

by: JPD

Coming back from their SXSW gig, CD release show with Van Epps May 18th and their live performance at KGRG FM Spring Pledge Drive we'd like to give props to Seattle favorite Alabaster.

The sun was shining, it was warm, people were dancing, holding hands, and a mariachi band played...
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Shaina Rae belting new music during pledge drive. When a mariachi band asked for vocals she asked to sign up.
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(L-R)  Joe on guitar, Dwayne on cajon, and Shaina on vox.
Look closely and you can see bassist Marlon. 

The Villain in Me EP  release show  May 18th was set up to be a "partay to partake in the pants" according to guitarist/shredder Kate, and lead vocals Shaina Rae. 

The title track off of their latest EP The Villain in Me was an idea for a new music video. 

"We wanted Phoenix Jones in a video, so we wrote a super-hero/villain song," drummer Dwayne said.  
"[The video] never ended up panning out, but the song was good."
For Kate, the lyrics run a little bit deeper than that.

"I sat down and I like to tell a good love story about the hero and the victim, you'll hear that story, which is true to my heart," Kate said. 
 "We've all been there--where you have to pick somebody else up off the ground but also cause some devastation in the wake of."  

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Joe playing  acoustic with Alabaster
during KGRG FM Spring Pledge Drive.

I remember seeing this song live at the sold out Yellowcard and Moneta show, Shaina looks right at the camera while I'm recording it front and center holding KGRG FM stickers . I could not wait to hear the song on the station as soon as possible. 

Their performance on campus was absolutely stellar. Rae's voice echoed hauntingly throughout the courtyard. Working with Latino Student Union was awesome as we collaborated a belated Cinco De Mayo event and raised funds for the station. Alabaster was our first performance during our acoustic blitz at GRCC and they did not disappoint. Kate was in the audience dancing and swaying to the music right along side staff and students at Green River Community College.

Together we introduced people to awesome music that day. The next month seeing Alabaster in AP Alternative Press Magazine was beyond cool, and well deserved

Scream it Out and The Villain in Me were added to the KGRG FM library and are available upon request 253-833-5004. Video of the live performance is at with the in-studio interview on-demand

Their next show, Alabaster will be playing once again with Moneta August 16th at Showbox at the Market with Van Eps, Orison, and Sky Pilot (another Pledge Drive Band, videos to come).

 Superheroes are always welcome. 

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