August 21, the night of the fourteenth Ball Of Wax CD release party. I dropped by Sunset Tavern here in Ballard at about 8:30, just in time to see Levi Fuller, the mastermind behind this quarterly compilation series, play his song from the album. But a highlight of the evening would come when I discovered that Smile Brigade (MySpace) would be laying down a set toward the end of the evening.
You see, I covered Smile Brigade some time ago and I had not yet had a chance to see the band live. What I remember from that feature article long ago was that Smile Brigade played some pretty damn fun power pop. And that’s what they laid out for us toward the end of the evening at the Sunset.
Their music fit well with the evening, despite an electric full band presence when most artists were solos or duos and generally acoustic at that. I introduced myself to Graham, the lead singer, before they took the stage and he mentioned their recent release, an LP titled Take The Precious Edge Off This Treacherous Ledge.
I’m looking forward to hearing more from Smile Brigade in the near future—yet another great Seattle indie-pop band. Included below is “Big Desires”, the track Smile Brigade donated to Ball Of Wax 13, available for purchase here.