Tonight: Sea Fever at Neumos, Eighteen Individual Eyes at the Crocodile

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Chona Kasinger
Sea Fever, with The Fragrance, Valhalla Hill. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $7. The local indie-pop outfit Sea Fever is a young band, but they've already endured enough rock-and-roll style drama to last them a few years. Formed at SPU by vocalist/guitarist Andrew Zook and bassist Chris Hanson, Sea Fever has undergone some shifts and losses in their lineup, including their former drummer, who was arrested and jailed in Kitsap County last fall under multiple allegations of providing alcohol to underage females and statutory rape. In their current incarnation, the band played this year's Sound Off! but didn't move past the semi-finals. Sea Fever isn't letting it hold them back though. They've played such major venues as the Moore and just recorded their first single, "Born In Spain," an animated pop song driven by saccharine vocal harmonies. And come on, we all know this - what's the music business without a scandalous setback or two? ERIN K. THOMPSON

Eighteen Individual Eyes, with Skeletons With Flesh On Them, Blood Red Dancers. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416. 8 p.m. $5. Maybe it's because Eighteen Individuals is an all-female band, but there's something unexpectedly soft about their brand of ambient prog rock. Even between the dark, droning guitars of "Rosebud Youth," Irene Barber's melodic, lovely vocals are front and center. That song is just one example of the Seattle four-piece's ability to dance delicately between darkness and light. There are some rollicking, bouncy guitars in the middle of "Treeform in Darkness" that would fit right in with doo-wop vocals--but those chords are quickly replaced with fuzzed-out licks. This lightness is clearer on the band's EP, Slightly Frightened, Mostly Happy, where the instrumentals find perfect balance and allow Barber's voice clarity. But even then, there's a persistent toughness to EIE's steady drum and distorted guitars. These musicians will toy with traditional femininity, but they'd rather sound interesting than pretty. EIE will push the envelope before being pushed around. PAIGE RICHMOND

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