Two fab bands crossed my path today, both from grunge-incubator ground zero - Seattle. First up THROW ME THE STATUE (pictured above) and their chirpy GBV-vs-NeutralMilkHotel-esque indie charms. Lead track Lolita from their album Moonbeams (out on Secretly Canadian) is a standout, but i'm also going gaga for About To Walk - its got that freewheelin' Shins vibe that always hooks me in. You can hear them both on their myspace and, of course, they're playing at SXSW! Curses!
Also coming straightouta the home of Starbucks and flannel shirts is the mighty GRAND ARCHIVES featuring ex-Band of Horses guitar slinger Mat Brookes. I put them on my bands to watch list for SXSW and they're generating buzzage all over the music blogs. Their debut rekkid drops this week through quintessential Seattle label Sub Pop. Ironically its only fair to predict that these humans could be the Band of Horses of 2008... Agree? Disagree? Don't give a shit? Bobby at Kitsune Noir has an MP3 you can download, or check the tunes on their myspace because i'm off to PARIS yo.