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On the second day of tour we stopped by a home studio in Walla Walla, WA, to record an interview for KWCW, Whitman College radio. The host of the show wrote this article for The Collegian. Amen to that. by Chad Aufderhar. Photos by VANJA. October 3, 2013. Last Friday afternoon, if you had walked […]
Garage Voice has joined the artist roster at Substance, Co., a boutique music marketing company known for their work with Dum Dum Girls, Pains of Being Pure At Heart and Azure Ray, among other up and coming bands. Beginning September 23, AMENIN will be distributed nationally to College/Non-Commercial radio stations in conjuction with our national […]
“Garage Voice are touring with a hulking antique wood organ, complete with bass pedals and Leslie cabinet. Their pairing of swampy, driving rock and spiritual lyrics works to great effect, calling to mind similiar souls like Gordon Gano of Violent Femmes and The Mercy Seat.”- The Bay Bridged
“Their proud and explicit blues and Negro spiritual influences… intimated a sense of history and community as well as a familiarity with hardship, doubt and struggle. Of course, it helped too that they rawked plenty.”- Here Comes the Dumptruck
“This local garage-rock trio combines ragged instrumentals with gospel music’s vintage organ tones and holy sensibilities.”- Seattle Weekly
“On stage, the chemistry between the bandmates is palpable, hard not to watch. Their music is neither trite nor superficial, but, rather, is a refreshing break from everyday radio fare.”- Tacoma News Tribune
“This trio fuses bright guitar rock with churchy organs and gospel-inspired lyrics, with pristine and punchy results. The best track is the crunchy “Afflictions,” which quotes ominous lines from the book of Psalms in cascading, choral-style vocals.”- Seattle Weekly
“Garage Voice is a gospel group in a rock band’s outfit. While they have religious undertones in their lyrics and sometime even straight quote verses, their sound is very garage rock and is something that will get anyone on their feet.”- SSG Music
With a moaning Hammond organ at the center of its sound, Garage Voice makes a sound inspired by hallelujahs, by the hat-and-glove wearing ladies singing to the heavens as they fan their faces with the Sunday program.
But this is no Christian rock band. No, the Seattle three-piece is a rock band who makes gospel music: sometimes even lifting verses from the great book itself. Sometimes the organ sounds like it’s echoing through the pews in a church. The band pays its respects to the roots of gospel — but it can’t hide its original rock roots. In the way that Iron Butterfly and even Tom Petty found inspiration in the lilting sound of an organ, Garage Voice truly found its voice and its sound when it stumbled upon the very same instrument.
After bass player Bruce Pearson purchased a 70-year-old Hammond CV organ off Craigslist in 2010 and implemented it into the band’s live show, the three-piece band knew there was no turning back. Like the bands that came to the sounds of Jesus before them, on its album, AMENIN, Garage Voice layers Tommy Panigot’s complex guitar lines over lilting organs and Patrick Toney’s frenetic drums. When they stray into noodly solos, the organ is the constant stabilizer — the beating heart of the band.
The band’s album, AMENIN, comes out on Oct. 1.