Last week, I wrote about the best bands from Bellingham, listing ten favorites well worth a listen. But one thing kept coming up in the comments: "You forgot Keaton Collective," first wrote Austin Santiago, talent buyer at Bellingham venue the Wild Buffalo, a sentiment which was then repeated several times, as well as in a few emails I received after publication. In fact, Hunter Motto, the longtime Bellingham talent buyer I talked to who now works at the Crocodile, did include them in his list of favorites. But due to the convenience of naming ten bands, I foolishly left them out of the final story.
Well, it has been brought to my attention that they're playing tonight at the Tractor with Portland's AgesandAges, and according to everyone in Bellingham, it would be well worth your while to check them out. "[They] run the gamut from alt-country to indie rock to pop rock and back," Motto says, while Brent Cole, editor of Bellingham's music magazine What's Up!, noted in an email that they've won best live band at What's Up!'s awards show. Last month, their song "Fallin' Asleep" was one of KEXP's songs of the day. "They work their asses off and are a damn good band because of it," Cole says.
Listen to their most recent album, Tercera, after the jump, and see you tonight at the Tractor. Tickets here.