Tellers shake Sunset for Shook release show

Sarah Feinberg | TELLERS | The Sunset Tavern, Seattle, WA

Photo of Sarah Feinberg of TELLERS | Rebecca Thorley, @beckithorley

On Saturday, November 3, the small back room stage at The Sunset Tavern played home to a trio of Everett-area alt-country and Americana rockers, including Kevin Murphy of The Moondoggies in an emotional solo set, Seattle area indie rockers Maltby, and female-fronted Americana outfit Tellers. Tellers presented their first full-length vinyl effort, Shook, which is available now.

Tellers bring lofty vocals and dark storytelling

The show was a welcome respite from the cold, stressful fall leading into the midterm elections here in the U.S. Feinberg’s bright vocal is met with a gritty rasp and Americana-style yodel. The band harkens to a gospel style without alienating fans who may be more averse to alt-country. Feinberg’s storytelling and stage presence brought to mind local singer-songwriter Carrie Akre, both in tone and in tenor. Tellers have a driving indie style that bridges the alternative worlds of Americana and indie, a tone that feels particularly Northwest-inspired.

Feinberg was backed by a group of energetic performers, and although their set was slow at times, they made up for the downtempo with post-rock-inspired distortion riffs that fans of Explosions in the Sky would enjoy. Sometimes dark with dual feminine and masculine vocals, the band offered a strong set overall and a good night of indie music that kept the crowd energized and engaged. References to Songs:Ohia, earlier Neko Case, and even Black Rebel Motorcycle Club abound in this low-key group. Grunge tendencies and soaring vocals help define their sound as more than just another alt-country effort.

Find Shook on vinyl from Tellers now

Fans flocked to the Sunset Tavern for a night of great music from Tellers. Their overcast sound is the perfect backdrop for a rainy Northwest season ahead.

Shook will be hard to shake from my turntable. Take a listen to the album below via Bandcamp.

Meredith Smith is a writer in Seattle, whose musical roots date back to mid-90s ska and punk shows. She writes about the intersection of politics and music, as well as upcoming shows and Seattle events.