Here’s a shameless plug for an awesome band.

This weekend, I made it out to see a friend’s band play in West Seattle. The band is called Charms, and the venue was the Skylark Cafe. Charms was the opener, with two other bands playing after their set.

People that live in Capitol Hill tend to think of West Seattle as being super far away. Like, thirty minutes or more. So, it’s understandable that the guys in Charms weren’t expecting a big turnout– they do well in Capitol Hill venues, but West Seattle tends to be a bit of a…quieter demographic.

It took me seven minutes to get to the venue. Seriously.

It was way closer than I expected, and I have a feeling that if more people knew how close it was, they would’ve made the trip out, too. I’d never been to Skylark before, but the place is actually pretty cool inside, and they do a lot of great things for the artists that perform there. As soon as I got there, I was stoked to hear Charms play (up until that point, I’d only heard the EP available on their Bandcamp, which is on the older side).

The set was awesome. Seriously. There were a handful of people inside, and probably five or six of us who actually were familiar with the band, but it was fantastic. Charms is pretty loud and in line with a lot of the more experimental stuff coming out of Seattle right now, and it was admittedly cool to see them in such an intimate setting. Definitely worth the not-so-long trek out there.

If you haven’t heard of Charms, you aren’t alone, but they’re worth checking out. I’m a big fan of the current trend in music that’s happening right now in Seattle, and Charms has been going in an awesome direction. They’re hoping to record more songs in the near future, but in the meantime you can catch them at their next show on May 22nd at the Sunset Tavern.


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