The Ballard VOX team was coaxed from the safe confines of our usual stomping grounds by Union Zero to come check out some truly awesome bands playing in the far northern lands of Everett. Union Zero is a multi-media platform and label created by Bradley Davis (Blind Blind Tiger), Gabriel Mintz and Keith Manning soon to be launched that represents multiple bands that were playing, including Gabriel Mintz, Feed, and The Low Hums. The list of artist goes on with some super secret artists soon to be announced! They invited Ballard VOX to check out their stage at The Fisherman’s Village Music festival. The festival brought in some amazing local talent and a lively crowd to its three venues on Friday night.
We camped out at Union Zero’s stage at the Anchor Pub, a great little venue with an awesome stage area and great sound. They provided a mesmerizing light show by Liquid Light Wizard using overhead projectors, a crazy array of chemicals, glass plates, and paint – all being manipulated in real time. It was a great place to check out some live music.
Clone Wolf opened up the night, rocking the crowd with sludgy grunge inspired rock. In a slight change of schedule Sleeping Lessons came up next and played a solid set of indie pop-rock. Gabriel Mintz was late to the stage but worth the wait as he and the Corespondents put on a great show of bizarre blues rock inspired musings.
The wildest set of the night by far came next from Fruit Juice. Their unique sound was matched by a super high energy stage show that really whipped the crowd up. Feed followed up with a truly epic set defined by blistering guitar work that rocked the house. Their stage show was more sedate but no less impressive or fun to watch. The truly resolute made it through for the high point of the night, the Low Hums. In the climax of the night the Low Hums wowed the crowd with their unique style of rock and roll awesomeness.
In the end it was a awesome night and the Ballard VOX team left exhausted and thoroughly impressed. A huge thank you to Union Zero for having us come out!