PAC NW Presents... Low Hums/Foxy Lemon/Electric NoNo
Last Saturday, 7/9, we got rowdy in Ballard with local heroes Electric NoNo, Portland wild things Foxy Lemon, and Seattle fuzz-folk psych rockers Low Hums! With the Ballard Seafood Fest activities right outside winding down for the night, an eager crowd packed into Conor Byrne Pub to reinvigorate their weekend via northwest jams.
First up was Electric NoNo, a brotherly duo of Seattle scene veterans. Upon striking of the first chord, it was immediately apparent the crowd was full of fans, as people began to dance and even sing along. Electrics' unique brand of quick, driving riffs and anxiously passionate vocalizations, continually pushed on by lush, technical drumming gives the groups live sound a depth and complexity almost unbelievable of a two-piece.
Next up was Portland band Foxy Lemon. Hot off the release of their stunning music video for "Butter", the band brought an energy into the room from the start that had bar-goers leaving their seats and pushing towards the stage to catch a glimpse of the group. Frontman Keishi Ihara has a distinct ability to make you want to move, and every hard note from the band behind him only further inspires the body to this end.
Finally, Seattle's own Low Hums took to the stage. A true gem within the local scene, Low Hums brings much more of a transcendent ambience than just a distinctive sound. For whatever reason, the combination of the bands fuzz-laden melodies, thick bass lines, driving beats and echoey vocals always incites within me a notion of trans-dimensional travel. Guess that's a long way to say, their sound is truly transportive, and provided the perfect soundtrack to send us all whirling off into the eve. Suffice it to say, if you weren't there, you missed out.
Words by Lacey Henderson
Photos by Oscar Witron