Earlier this week we learned of some interesting new developments coming to Seattle's venue scene. Neumos intends to open a 200-capacity club beneath the existing showroom, while the Crocodile plans to start holding smaller shows in its back bar. Said PR manager Kerri Harrop:
A small stage has been built in the front corner of the room, and our sound and light team has assembled a good little system. We'll have live shows back there as often as the calendar allows. In other words, pretty much whenever there isn't something going on in the main showroom.
It will be a good opportunity for young bands and DJs to get into the mix, and definitely provides our booking team the chance to expand their horizons. Some of these shows will be all-ages, and cover charges will always be low (and, in some cases, non-existent.
Well, tonight marks your first chance to get in on that sweet back-bar action, with a stacked lineup of Dan Miles, Solvents, and The West for only $5. It's no secret that I love Solvents, hometown heroes (I grew up in Port Townsend) who we featured in our Tuesday Night Music Club and who hit the perfect balance between Big Star-style power pop and melodic, Hüsker-Dü-ian hard rock. The West are a relatively new project with a few Seattle veterans (drummer Bob Husak also played in The Blakes) whose recently-released Don't Make A Sound EP Erin Thompson described as "four high-energy tunes propelled by active bass lines and some relentless drumming." Check it out for yourself after the jump, and come on down to the Croc tonight at 8:30 for a chance to hear it in an entirely new setting.