Friday, April 27, 2012

2012 Bands to Watch! (plus a recap of last night)

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 10:04 AM

"You guys are WAY better than Portland!" 

And, of course, everyone went crazy. That's what the singer of Tomten said to the voracious crowd last night at Mootsy's during The Inlander's Volume Pre-Party. 

Goddamn. That was a good time, right? We were stoked to see the place butts-to-nuts full with diehard music fans (including a few half-naked men?), and to hear three local bands (plus one amazing touring band) play the most precise and perfect sets we've heard in long time. 

If you missed it, we also announced this year's SIX Bands to Watch. That's right: six. This year, our committee — a group of local writers, bookers and unrepentant fans — had a hard time choosing the usual five. After two months of deliberation and research, we picked the 2012 Inlander Bands to Watch

Mirror Mirror

Losing Skin



Terrible Buttons

Tim Blood & the Gutpanthers

Local revivalists, French-inspired goth, a North Idaho rave DJ, a diehard group of Moscow punks, a horror folk band that's converting the masses and one of the hardest working metal bands in the Northwest. I'd say that's a great batch. You can read all about them in our May 24 Local Music Issue.

In addition to this year's Bands to Watch — who are headlining six shows at our first ever Volume Local Music Block Party — Patrick Kendrick, of Platform Booking, also announced some of the rest of the 35+ plus bands playing the June 1 extravaganza: 

Jacob Butcher

Liz Rognes

Ian Miles

Matt Mitchell

Dead Serious Lovers




Cathedral Pearls

House of Ghosts

Sales Wagon

The Soul and the Machine


Silver Treason

Team Growl

Duck Duck Suckerpunch

Whiskey Dick Mountain

Space Movies

Rice Queen

Safe Word

David Plell & the Ultra Peach

Bandit Train

Belt of Vapor


Drag Like Pull

Diamond Speedboat

Wristbands are just FIVE DOLLARS if you buy them in advance (they jump to $10 the day of the show), so get yours reserved now. Many shows ARE all-ages, and final schedule will appear in the May 24 issue. Watch for details as they emerge.

If last night was any indication of how fun Volume will be … lets just say you might want to bring extra pants. DANCING PANTS, SILLY.

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Leah Sottile

Leah Sottile is a Spokane-based freelance writer who formerly served as music editor, culture editor and a staff writer at the Inlander. She has written about everything from nuns and Elvis impersonators, to jailhouse murders and mental health...