The differences between Seattle and Nashville may be like day and night, but the two cities share a common bind in one area - music. In this manner, both have a knack for providing some of the greatest sounds to date.
Even though Seattle-based group Hey Marseilles will make their first performance in Nashville at The High Watt on Saturday, March 23, they should feel right at home.
Living in Columbia City, lead singer Matt Bishop understands the great community that surrounds the band. After all, it is one that has produced legends such as Pearl Jam and Jimi Hendrix, along with newcomers like Fleet Foxes, The Head and the Heart and the current “Thrift Shop” sensation, Macklemore.
“It’s a neighborhood south of Seattle. It’s a fantastic place to be an involved in the music community. All genres are finding significant success. It makes it a great place to be a musician based on the amount of support that you can receive,” Bishop said.
The group recorded their latest album, Lines We Trace, predominantly in a house where some of the members currently reside in Columbia City.
A foreclosed duplex, Bishop and bandmates transformed it into a practice space and recording studio since their early beginnings.
“It lets us retreat from the urban center and make music in a relaxed setting and place,” Bishop added.
While they recorded most of the drums and rhythm section tracks in the house, they also ventured outside of its walls into areas such as tunnels, mansions and a theatre to capture the natural acoustic sounds on Lines We Trace.
When first hearing the name, Hey Marseilles, one can wonder what sounds might emerge from the group.
“It was somewhat arbitrary. Philip and Nick and I met in college and worked on demos in the basement of a house that we lived in. It was inspired by an accordion and a French mood,” Bishop hinted about the namesake.
The intrinsic qualities of the name extend into the group’s sound, which features a collection of styles and diverse arrangements, which is evident in songs like “Lines” and “Elegy.”
Lines we Trace was released at the beginning of the month, and since then, the group has been staying busy with gigs at South by Southwest and their first headlining tour.
“We’re trying to have fun and succeeding. This is the first time we’ve done a national headlining tour and we are playing some big festivals this summer. We have some new audiences and that’s encouraging,” Bishop said about their upcoming schedule.
The show at The High Watt begins at 9 p.m. and Young Buffalo will be on the bill as the opening act. The cost is $10 and for more information on the group, visit heymarseilles.com.