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Sea Wolf at High Dive

by on Jun.16, 2008, under Fremont, Music, Seattle

Sea Wolf at High Dive. Fremont, WA. June 14, 2008.
Nikon D300. Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens @ 11mm.

Aperture Priority. 1/3 sec @ f/2.8. ISO 3200.

On Saturday night Julie invited several of us to High Dive in Fremont to check out her friend’s band, Joy Wants Eternity. Unfortunately, I did not make it to High Dive early enough to hear them, but I did catch the last two bands on the bill: The Jealous Girlfriends and Sea Wolf.

Nikon D300. Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens @ 12mm.
Program Exposure. 1/30 sec @ f/2.8. ISO 450.

This is the first time I heard live music at High Dive. Even though I walk by it all the time (Heidi at Habitude cuts my hair next door), I was only there once for a happy hour last November. Turns out it’s a great place to catch a show—I’ll be back soon.

I cannot take full credit for the above shot of High Dive’s marquis. There is a 95% chance I took the photo, but Julie definitely came up with the idea. We were outside between bands when I handed her my camera so she could check out my new glass, a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens. As I watched Julie point the lens at the neon sign I thought “good idea.” After she gave the rig back to me I snapped a few frames of the marquis myself. What’s the phrase… imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? Anyway, thanks Julie!

Holly Miranda of The Jealous Girlfriends.
Nikon D300. Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens.

Program Exposure. 1/15 sec @ f/1.8. ISO 3200.

Ahh Holly Miranda. The Jealous Girlfriends (of Brooklyn, NY) were on stage when I arrived High Dive shortly after 11. Sharat showed up a few minutes after I did and almost immediately asked, “is it weird that I’m already in love with her?” I told him he was right on schedule. The allure of Holly notwithstanding, The Jealous Girlfriends rocked. I plan to revisit their music via MySpace and iTunes this week while I’m working away in my cube. Even though I should be adjusted to the quality of music that filters through the Northwest, I always feel like I’m getting a freebie when the opening bands do not suck.

Alex Brown Church of Sea Wolf. High Dive. Fremont, WA.
Nikon D300. Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens.

Aperture Priority. 1/15 sec @ f/4. ISO 1600.
Nikon SB-600 flash with Sto-fen fired.

I think I heard (of) Sea Wolf before this show, but I was not really sure. Sharat also had a vague impression of the band, but neither of us really knew anything about them (to be fair, Sharat probably knew more than me—he usually does on matters like this). After missing Joy Wants Eternity, a text message debate about whether or not to still attend the show ensued. Ultimately our curiosity of Sea Wolf (seems like they showed up in the “Listeners also bought…” section of iTunes once or twice) won us over and we agreed to rendezvous in Fremont. I was also eager to make some images with my new wide angle lens. Rounding out our cohort was a fellow photog and friend, Julie.

Nikon D300. Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens @ 11mm.
Aperture Priority. 1/15 sec @ f/4. ISO 1100.
Nikon SB-600 flash with Sto-fen fired.

Seattle did it again. The High Dive is not a big venue, yet the sonic landscape traversed by Sea Wolf proved vast and varied. Sea Wolf’s meticulous sound check served as a poignant harbinger for the delicate and carefully orchestrated music that followed. Seattle is a city that embraces a broad palette of sounds; the opportunity to be impressed or overwhelmed is usually only hiding behind a $10 cover charge.

Nikon D300. Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Aperture Priority. 1/10 sec @ f/2.8. ISO 3200.

Glowing accounts of Sea Wolf’s inspired performance in an intimate little neighborhood bar might sound overly romantic, but actually it’s quintessential Seattle. The band played a full set including a song they wrote for author Augusten Burroughs forthcoming novel (it will be featured in the audio version). Frontman Alex Brown Church played an old Yamaha acoustic guitar similar to the one my dad owns. He rigged it with an interesting looking pickup with the wires taped to the body. The cellist ran her instrument through some interesting effects to create an intriguing tone. Those elements combined with thoughtful touches of keyboards, glockenspiels, guitars, drums, auxiliary percussion, house lights and microbrews gave us another satisfying Saturday night in Seattle.

Nikon D300. Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Aperture Priority. 1/15 sec @ f/1.8. ISO 3200.
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1 comment for this entry:

  • julie h

    Well written Andy. I felt like I was there! It’s too bad someone doesn’t use these photos for an online news source too. 😉 Thanks for the props Andy and for a fun Saturday night at the High Dive.

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