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Live at Solstice

by The Senate

With huge walls of sound built by only two acoustic guitars, an upright bass, and three voices, The Senate’s catchy songwriting and unorthodox instrumental techniques create a dynamic musical hybrid that continues to push the boundaries of acoustic music.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. Bandit
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2. Broken Dirt
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3. Skeleton Line
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4. Spectacle
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5. Ocean Song
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6. Space Shanty
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7. These Cold Winds
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10. Harmonopticon
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Album Notes
**Dual Disc**
Package includes audio CD and a DVD of the show with special features and Dolby Digital 5.1

The Senate, Seattle’s foremost purveyors of “face-melting acoustic riffage,” formed in 2002 when Oliver Franklin, a rock-and roll guitarist with a classical background, went to a local coffeehouse to hear a solo set by African drummer-turned guitarist Nick Drummond.

Though Nick and Oliver had been high school classmates, Oliver was unprepared for what he heard that night.

“Nick’s music was memorable and technically accomplished, and he had a rhythmic approach to the guitar that I had never heard before,” says Oliver.

The two nineteen year-old musicians swapped songs after the show, and soon began writing and playing shows together. Jazz bassist Andrew Pulkrabek, Oliver’s grade-school friend and frequent musical collaborator, went to one of their early shows and heard something new as well.

“I had no idea acoustic instruments could rock so hard,” says Andrew.

In 2005 Nick and Oliver invited Andrew to play with them at a benefit concert, and the band’s lineup was completed. The members’ diverse backgrounds in music ranging from Afro-pop to heavy metal to musical theater proved to be an asset as they began to develop their sound. Using acoustic guitars, an upright bass and three voices, the Senate began writing nuanced and aggressive music grounded in polyrhythmic grooves, three-part vocal harmonies and a heavily percussive playing style.

“We talked about finding a drummer, but it turned out we didn’t need one,” says Drummond.

The Senate’s songs range from simple and introspective to driving and chaotic, a stylistic breadth mirrored in lyrics about sex, death, power, love, war, and drinking in space.

The Senate will release its first full-length recording, “Live at Solstice,” at a party at the Triple Door in downtown Seattle on March 11, 2008. The ten-song record includes a DVD of the band’s live show, recorded in September 2007 at Café Solstice in Seattle’s University District.

“Our fans have been amazingly supportive of our live shows,” explains Drummond, “so when they asked for a live experience they could take home, we listened.”

The band has won opening slots for Everclear, the Paperboys, Vicci Martinez, and Handful of Luvin, and placed first in Washington State University’s 2007 Battle of the Bands. Its first recording, the EP “These Cold Winds, was produced by former Nirvana engineer Tom Pfaeffle in 2006.

With powerful walls of sound built by only two acoustic guitars, an upright bass, and three voices, The Senate’s catchy songwriting, tight arrangements, and unorthodox instrumental techniques create a dynamic musical hybrid that continues to push the boundaries of acoustic instrumentation.

The Senate: Face-Melting Acoustic Riffage



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Reggie's Sister

Music Addict
Great Tunes! My favs are #2 thru #8.


I heart The Senate!
I love the Senate! This is a great CD/DVD from a great band. Their sound is really captivating due to their interesting use of rhythm, especially when you take into consideration the very few instruments used. Basically, they rock, and so does this CD.

Betsy McCall

The Senate is amazing.
I had the opportunity to hear The Senate play while visiting Seattle and I was blown away. I wanted them to go and on so I could continue to be lost in the sweet crooning of their voices (such harmonies!) and the complicated and surprising twists and turns of their strings. It was pure pleasure to watch and listen. I got their CD and listened to it all the way home on my drive to San Francisco. That's a lot of listening. And now I'm hoping they'll come to SF so I can hear them play live again here. Buy this CD. You will not regret it.

vicki coons

The Senate
This band will go far. They will soar with thier talent and personalities and musical expertise. I have purchased thier CDs and sent them to friends and told family and friends to go see this truly AMAZING band. They will go far. Good luck to them and thank you for your beautiful music.Hope to hear more from you in the future.
Vicki Coons, Port Angeles, Wa.

Ron Harden

A Band to Watch...
I heard this band in an outdoor concert this afternoon and bought the album. I'm not prone to impulse buying, but I think this band may be worth watching. I think that this band is capable of much more.