Hot damn! Modern rock-n-roll never sounds this fresh. Smokey Brights taps into history and stretches out a kind of visionary rock that rolls relentlessly forward. The band taps iconic sounds—prog, funk, Bowie, Styx, Wilco, Flaming Lips—weaving them into something urgent and fun and utterly surprising.
Two singers (married), a guitar hero some call Keanu J. Fox, and a crack rhythm section with veteran status. Since their 2014 debut Taste for Blood, Smokey Brights have amassed a rabid base of fans across the West Coast, gaining momentum with every show. They are a self-started, self-sustaining rock machine that generates maximum joy through musical communion.
The members of Smokey Brights have been singing and playing together in various incarnations across Seattle for more than 15 years. Ryan Devlin and Kim West—the married singers—write the bones for most of the songs in their North Seattle living room. The mind-meld between drummer Nick Krivchenia and bassist Jim Vermillion leads to unpredictable, shape-shifting groove. Mike Kalnoky—the guitar hero—tops it all off with counterpoint melodies and soaring solos. Coming together at Wizard House, their hand-me-down rehearsal space, the band bursts with life and love and an offbeat energy that's infectious.