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Chris King & the Gutterballs and Select Level


Doors open at 6pm with the sounds of New World Art Gallery

7pm - Chris King & The Gutterballs

8pm - Select Level

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Chris King and the Gutterballs

Chris King & The Gutterballs know the secret to creative success; movement is key to progress. Whether by gust of tornado-wind or rubber against the road, to push forward is all there is in a life, buoyed and scarred by love. The band infuses this propelling urgency in all of its performances, into all of its songs and it starts with King’s dynamic, uncorked-fire-hydrant of a voice.

The band, Chris King on guitar and vocals, Malcom Roberts on Bass, and Tom Meyers on drums, have released three full-length records, Hidin’ Out in 2014, Cocktails in 2016, and most recently, Painwaves in 2019.

The band has played significant festivals like Treefort (Boise, ID), Off-Beat (Reno, NV) and the Capitol Hill Block Party (Seattle, WA). In 2019, Chris King & The Gutterballs opened for the famed California crooning-rock band, The Growlers, and recorded their first in-studio at the acclaimed radio station, KEXP. In addition, the group was featured on Seattle Channel’s Art Zone with Nancy Guppy and 107.7 The End’s Locals Only radio show.

Now after a recent six-state tour, the band was poised for a 2020 repeat adventure or so they thought they were. The road calls, after all. Maybe they’ll see you next fall (2021) at a venue near you. One thing is for sure, their feet want new sidewalks, their songs want new rooms and Chris King & The Gutterballs are ready to oblige.

Select Level

Heads may know Select Level mastermind Andy Sells best as the limber drummer for soulful fusion explorers Afrocop or as the bassist for noisy prog-rockers Nosretep . . .or maybe even for his stint in electronic brainiacs FCS North, who existed from 1997 to 2007. This talented Seattle multi-instrumentalist has established that he can get weird and far out in various situations. Select Level finds Sells veering off on a tangent into the realm of sleek music geared for dancing and romancing.
The odd thing about Select level's self-titled debut album, though, is that it was inspired by wild dreams about homelessness, authoritarian governments, social media's problematic algorithms, and other harbingers of a dystopian future. The eight songs act as an antidote for said dark times - which are encroaching even as you read these words. Sells' love of disco, post-punk, fund (in its smooth and rugged forms), electro, and Afrobeat all surface on Select Level. "I like just about anything with a hooky bass line and some dirty drums," he says, and you can tell.
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