This past weekend, out of nowhere, I got an unexplained email from someone I do not know; both the subject and the body of the email read, in all caps, "I LOVE MARSHALL VERDOES!," to which I was only able to reply, "OK! Great!" In a larger sense, though, that email's an indication that, despite a year and a half of inactivity, there's still a lot of enthusiastic interest out there for Verdoes and his older brother Benjamin's rock band, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band. Since releasing their second album, Where the Messengers Meets, in 2010, the band's undergone some lineup changes--they're now an all-male quartet featuring new guitarist Drew Fitchette--and is ready to get things moving again.
Local filmmaker Stephan Gray, who's shot videos for Macklemore and Fresh Espresso, created the above mini-film which depicts the younger Verdoes playing the vibraphone, the elder Verdoes sporting a nose ring, and the band's bassist Jared Price making a succinct closing statement, declaring a fresh start for the band: "Forget about the past. Forget about our uniforms."
Later this summer, MSHVB will release an EP of brand new material entitled Prehistory on their label, Dead Oceans. Last week they shared the first track from the record, a smooth strummer called "Warm Body":
If you dig the song and want to hear it and a slew of other new songs live, MSHVB is playing their first Seattle show in a year tonight at Neumos. Throw Me the Statue and Cataldo will open; the show starts 8 p.m., and tickets are $10.