Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists and today marks the first weekly artist feature on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!
They describe themselves as a group of time travelers lost in the Third Dimension ready to expand the horizons of sound and light. We are not entirely sure what that means but their music is pretty rad so we're all in. Let's meet Withering Blooms!
Seattle Refined: How long have you been musically inclined / wanted to be musicians?
It's just a part of us. For as long as we can remember we've been endlessly fascinated with all avenues of music. Love for music comes in many forms - you sing in the shower. You whistle catchy melodies. You memorize all the words. When you realize you can learn to play, it's almost irresistible. Most of us have been playing for more than ten years.
What is your artistic process?
We wouldn't say we have a set-in-stone artistic process. We usually just jam. We have our own individual influences, and bring them together and play what sounds good in the moment... and hope you got a decent recording of it.
You play - in both senses of the word. Jamming, but also how a kid plays by exploring and experimenting. It usually starts with a melody, a good lyric, a riff. You find a rhythm. You play with it. And for some reason, something cool usually comes out of it. You might not use every jam you record on your phone, but if it has that feel...
You have to lose yourself in something, to work your way back out. Our song "I Never Loved Your Mind" inspired by Paul Zindel's work and has yet to be completely arranged. We jammed it live at the Highline, and we feel it's a good representation of how our process begins...
Where does your inspiration come from?
We just wanna make a cult of ordinary people who want to make the most of their everyday lives.
Do you have one song that means more to you, or is extremely special?
Do you have a favorite child? No really, we probably all have a different favorite - but your favorite song is usually whichever one you've been playing recently or been working on.
If we want to hear more of you, where do we go?
You can check us out at Soundcloud, Bandcamp or Facebook. New stuff will come out on Soundcloud and Bandcamp. There's our most recent EP: Rumination - on both the music sites too.
What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
OUR UPCOMING FULL-LENGTH ALBUM! It's called New Age Patriot, TBD Fall 2016. A lot of these songs were written awhile ago, so they've evolved over time. Your surroundings constantly change, but when a song is written, it ends up being a snapshot of that time - so these are a collection of our favorite songs we've played together over the years. This is the band forming, made into an album. We also have some shows coming up, Sept. 22 at Rendezvous, Oct. 11 at Tractor Tavern and Nov. 3 at Blue Moon Tavern.
Most of all, we are excited to just keep writing music and playing shows. We have more than enough material for our next album.
Lastly, how do you take your coffee?
Firstly, Jacob de Guzman (guitar) is our resident coffee specialist. We, admittedly, can be a little snobby from time to time. However, we're certainly not above a cup of blue-collar joe. It's well known we're spoiled here in Seattle when it comes to that sweet, sweet bean.