Smokey Brights (Manor House Concert Series)
January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Doors 6:30 PM
Show 7 PM
Fronted by married songwriting duo Kim West and Ryan Devlin, the bands melodies and harmonies exude intimacy. The swirling synths of keyboardist/vocalist West cut through the heaviness of Devlin’s fuzzed out guitars like a neon sign in the night. Bassist Luke Ragnar fills in the bottom end with stylishly inventive bass lines that perfectly compliment Nick Krivchenia’s grounded and authoritative drums.
The very first band signed to Seattle label Freakout Records, the group quickly released a number of albums and a slew of singles while simultaneously hitting the road, playing across the US and Europe. A new record was ready to be released and a year of tours booked to support it, but the dark cloud of 2020 came down and, well, no one said perseverance was easy. Smokey Brights shined on, releasing the album I Love You But Damn in July of 2020. The record quickly garnered rave reviews and the support of independent radio, eventually landing on KEXP’s top albums of the year. Confined to their rehearsal space the group kept grinding, hammering out new material and honing their performance to a razor’s edge.
The group released their first LP, Taste For Blood, in 2014 to regional acclaim and heavy airplay and support from iconic radio station KEXP. Catching the attention of upstart label Freakout Records, the band released their sophomore LP, Hot Candy, in 2016. 2018 saw the band releasing two EP’s, “Come to Terms” and “Different Windows,” with supporting appearances at clubs and festivals across the United States as well as the group’s first headlining UK tour. 2019 brought extensive touring in support of these EPs, with the band’s first headlining European tour, official plays at SXSW, Treefort Music Festival, and additional tours and festivals across the US. Smokey Brights will release a new LP in 2020.
-Nick Anderson – writer at large, Smokey Brights merch seller
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