By Setota Hailemariam
For the average individual, the underground music scene conjures up images of sweaty punk shows in nondescript city clubs — and those images aren’t wrong.
The duo Seasaw, however, is anything but punk — and yet, they’re still shaking up the scene with their summery, fresh sound. To shatter the mold even further, they’re bringing that sound to D.C. March 9 at Otherfeels, a DIY home-operated venue.
The Madison, Wisconsin-based group is comprised of Eve Wilczewski and Meg Golz, who met for the first time in 2010 but collaborated long-distance until 2015. Their skills with a variety of instruments (guitar, cello and drums, to name a few) allow them to draw upon a number of influences in their work, something that can be clearly heard in their most recent album, Too Much Of A Good Thing, released in July 2016.
Too Much Of A Good Thing is listed in Apple Music under the genre “alternative folk,” which is a good umbrella description for the overall feel of the record. They’ve put their own spin on Woody Guthrie-era folk that has clear alternative rock elements, evident on the track “Absent Wolves,” and borrows from pop music, as well (“Into the White,” “Waiting Song”).
If their music alone doesn’t sound intriguing enough, their D.C. show isn’t one to miss due to its unique venue. Otherfeels is a concert house run out of a home in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of the District and is the brainchild of creatives Ryan Ulbrich, Ted Wetterau and James Scott.
Its name derived from a quote from artist Paul Klee (“one eye sees, the other feels”), the intimate venue does not only allow fans to enjoy an up close and personal concert experience, but also acts as a temporary home for traveling artists, giving them the opportunity to stay the night for free.
The underground isn’t a scary place at all — not on Seasaw’s or Otherfeels’ watch. Catch the cozy show on March 9 at 3408 Brown St. NW, Washington, DC 20010 for $5 at the door.
Featured Photo Credit: Courtesy of Seasaw’s Facebook page.
Setota Hailemariam is a freshman journalism major and can be reached at email@example.com.