Kay Kay Weathers the Underground

 

A photo like this is
worth a thousand words of press hype… well, 548 to be exact.

 

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

Seattle-based Kay
Kay and His Weathered Underground is the lovechild of Kirk Huffman and Kyle O’Quin, and
there’s plenty of love to be had. Begun shortly after the announcement of
Gatsby’s American Dream’s hiatus, Kay Kay was putting out good vibrations
before the year was up, releasing a handful of tracks on cassette, and an
intermediate live show compiled onto a two-disc, live DVD (shot in a fashion
boutique) with accompanying CD, and they hadn’t even made it out of Washington
yet. Still, a copy of the DVD landed in the hands of Carson Daly, and after only few shows outside their home state,
Kay Kay performed an abbreviated version of their song, “Hey Momma,” on
national television. Not bad for a band without a full-length.

If a cassette release is too retro for you, the band’s eponymous debut was
released strictly on vinyl, and in true Kay Kay fashion, 1,000 copies of the
double LP, and the release party in Seattle,
sold out before doors ever opened. It isn’t just their production method that
evokes the 1960s, though: Kay Kay and
His Weathered Underground shimmers and soars like the greatest pop of
that decade, with enough melody to lull songbirds into silence, and reverb to
make your teeth chatter. Phil Peterson
(cello, backing vocals), the third of the consistent members, lends his skills
on strings to weave depth and darkness through the sunshine, and a revolving
set of studio and live musicians (15 or so when all is said and done) round out
the whole experience into an enormous orchestral affair.

The band is currently in the process of recording their second LP, and
preparing the re-release of their debut, self-titled album to be released on CD
for the first time ever on May 26th courtesy of Suburban Home. Look forward to new packaging for the vinyl,
complete with new collages and a tri-fold design. At the end of 2008, Kay Kay
hit the road with Rx Bandits and Portugal
the Man for a jaunt down the West Coast, and this June they’ll be out again for
a handful of weeks, touring the U.S.
with MeWithout You and The Dear Hunter.

 

Tracklisting:

 

 

1. Into The Realm Of The Unknown    
2. Hey Momma’    
3. Birds (On A Day Like Today)    
4. Simon Courage Flees The Coop    
5. Ol’ Rum Davies
6. Bowie The
Desert Pea
7. Santa Cruz
Lined Pockets    
8. Bloodstone Goddess    
9. Cloud Country    
10. Swan Ink    
11. Night Of The Star Child’s Funk    
12. One Ought To See    
13. All Alone    

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Tour dates w/ MeWithoutYou
and The Dear Hunter!

 

 

Jun 25 2009 The Hawthorne Theatre Portland, Oregon
Jun 26 2009 Neumo’s Seattle, Washington
Jun 27 2009 The Venue Boise, Idaho
Jun 28 2009 The Avalon Theatre Salt Lake City, Utah
Jun 29 2009 The Marquis Theatre Denver, Colorado
Jul 1 2009 The Granada Theatre Lawrence, Kansas
Jul 2 2009 Station 4 St. Paul, Minnesota
Jul 4 2009 The Magic Stick Detroit, Michigan
Jul 5 2009 The Metro Chicago, Illinois
Jul 6 2009 The Grog Shop Cleveland, Ohio
Jul 7 2009 Mr. Smalls Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jul 9 2009 The Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York
Jul 10 2009 The Bowery Ballroom New York City, New York
Jul 11 2009 The Middle East Downstairs Boston, Massachusetts

 

 

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