Global Seepej Records and NadaMucho.com began within a year of each other in the mid 90s, but it wasn’t until 2003 that the two independent organizations crossed paths.
Nada High Potentate Matt Ashworth received the debut At the Spine album, The Curriculum is Never Neutral, at his basement office in Kent, Washington and quickly invited the band to play New Music Monday, a weekly showcase for emerging local bands.
Within months, Ashworth and ATS front man and Global Seepej head Mike Toschi formed an informal partnership based on their shared love of music and community.
After discussing the idea for a few years, Ashworth caught Toschi on the phone drinking enough free beer to agree to put out the compilation. Songs from the Seattle Underground is the first recorded manifestation of that partnership.
The album’s premise is simple: bring exposure to deserving independent musicians in the Puget Sound area through the power of community.
Tracks for Songs were selected from nearly 300 submissions after a 3-month casting call to Puget Sound area artists and reflect a broad range of styles within the larger pop/rock classification.
The album opens in classic Nada form, with a tongue-in-cheek welcome delivered by a would-be Spanish radio announcer, then launches quickly in to the propulsive, melodic punk of At the Spine’s “Meteorite,” an updated version of the track from 2007’s Sonic Resistance.
From there, Sounds runs through sixteen more carefully selected songs from artists set to emerge in to the regional and national spotlight.
Highlights include Head Like a Kite’s catchy alt-rock on “Noisy at the Circus” (featuring Aysa of Smoosh), the fist-pumping rock of Iceage Cobra’s “Baconface Sweepstakes,” and the more tender Indie rock of “Out Like This,” from Katherine Hepburn’s Voice.
Seattle music lovers can get an advance copy of the CD this weekend at one of three release shows.