Sounds Like: The Jetsons with swizzle
sticks and distortion pedals Typical Song Title: “Bottles, Bugles,
Bright Shiny Bells” Groupies: Cocktail lovers wearing
skinny ties and sunglasses Web Site: lushy.com
Musicians have always borrowed stylistic elements from their predecessors—we’d be willing to bet even Cro-Magnon man repurposed a catchy rhythm or two from Neanderthal rockers. And lately it seems Seattle bands are staging a “revival of the fittest” of sorts—recycling all manner of old sounds and refurbishing them with their own unique and modern spin. Bringing to mind retro riffs by everyone from the Rolling Stones to the Foggy Mountain Boys, from 1920s Parisian cabaret acts to 1960s space-age cocktail numbers, local musicians of multiple genres are looking back to move forward. Hey, even the jug band has returned, so get out your washboard and play along.
It’s hard to imagine a band called Lushy being anything other than fun. Keyboard/sax/flute/drums player Andy Sodt freely admits the group was created around cocktail lounge culture. He and guitarist/bassist Matt Nims met in the early ’90s when they played ska together with the Tiny Hat Orchestra. They knew vocalist Annabella Kirby from the local music scene and, in 2000, roped her into a recording project in Sodt’s basement. For two years, Lushy was a studio-only project. “We just never came out of the basement,” says Kirby. “We were making all these songs until one day I was like, ‘What are we doing? We have to play this for people!’”
She called some friends in Palm Springs who were throwing a Tiki event and booked their first show. “We got a distribution deal that same week,” she says. “We’ve been playing out ever since.”
Marrying spacey, “cocktail-y” sounds from the ’60s and ’70s with their own offbeat attitude, the band sounds like a vinyl record you might find propped on Austin Powers’ mini bar. Even though they’ve been at it for a decade now, there’s a newness in their music that makes you feel like grabbing a drink and seeing where the night goes.
Ten years is a long time for any band to stick together, particularly a throwback pop band in a city that prides itself on testing rock’s limits. But with four albums of original material under their belt and two more in the works for release this year, Lushy’s greatest asset may be that they’ve never been so much of the Seattle music scene—perhaps a byproduct of those years in Sodt’s basement, where it was easy to lose track of the music other local bands were making. “It always seems like we’re the exact opposite of every other band [in town],” Sodt says. Nims adds that their music has “never had anything to do with what’s been happening here. That’s not really by choice; it’s just…what feels progressive to us.”
Continuing it’s four year tradition, Lushy will be performing a Christmas show at the Seattle landmark, Andy’s Diner, on the evening of Saturday, January 17th in the SODO district, intoxicating the walls of the historic rail-car diner with its unique blend of bossa-beats, tiki-tones, and alterna-pop. However this year, though the location is the same, the business name, some exterior and interior physical aesthetics, and the cuisine have changed: Andy’s Diner is now The Orient Express.
Lushy will be performing in an unearthed upstairs section called the BOOM BOOMROOM, which will be equipped with a mini-bar and bartender. A DJ will be keeping the action going in the main bar.
The Orient Express has agreed to keep the kitchen open ’til midnight, serving Chinese and Thai dishes.
And also keeping with tradition, this show is FREE! Lushy’s Christmas gift to you! Two sets are guaranteed, but there’s chat about possibly three. And yes, some Christmas songs will be performed — , ‘Snowflake Surprise’, ‘Heat Miser’, etc.
Lushy. Cocktails. Rail-Cars. Chinese and Thai food. What’s not to love?
It’s been an exciting year… Bumbershoot, Berlin, Barack Obama and all the places, shows and parties in between.
Thanks for listening. We mean it!
The Orient Express (Andy’s Diner) in The Boom Boom Room!
Spend NEW YEARS EVE with Lushy, “Awesome” and DJ Vodka Twist at the Rendezvous’ NYE Swank-0-Rama! Lushy will be shakin’ it in the Grotto all night long while, “Awesome” and guests rattle up The Jewel Box. DJ Vodka Twist, holding court in the Velvet Lounge, with his special mix of 60-esque, cocktail, French pop, mod and soul stompin’ tunes!
The Rendezvous Jewel Box Theater and Grotto
2322 2nd Ave Seattle, WA 98121 (206) 441-5823