“ARE YOU READY TO PARTY SEATTLE!!!?” the crowd roared in response to Aj Haynes precursor to the musical assault that was about to go down. Armed and ready, Jesse Gabriel (drums), Connor Davis (guitar), Adam Davis (bass) waited as Aj Haynes (lead singer and guitarist) chirped, “Go!” and the Seratones big, progressive and hip-shaking sound exploded through the Paramount Theatre. Haynes floated around the stage, facing off with Adam and then shuffling to face off with Connor, then back to the mic and kicked the night off with “Choking on Your Spit” off their debut album, Get Gone, with Fat Possum Records. Aj Haynes, commanded the stage with her attitude and undeniable swagger with vocal deliveries that have similarities to the sassy coyness of Eartha Kitt and gut-busting power of Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Charging forward like a combined freight train, Jesse Gabriel and Adam Davis kept a steady, driving force that felt like you were being punched in the face with endless amounts of energy. On top of that, you have Conor Davis come in with his psychedelic guitar licks that have similarities to the Clash meets Led Zeppelin. When you put this all together, it is quite a hodge-podge of musical stylings that you wouldn’t think would go together, but they do. The sound is new, vibrant, balls-to-the-walls fun. It is extremely difficult not to stand up, rock out and head bang away with the band.
As soon as the Seratones went guns blazing, two couples stood up in the front row and shimmied the entire evening. Frequently pointing at the band and cheering and clapping in delight. The band noticeably fed off this energy and kept the momentum going as they played through most of the songs from the record. Haynes, throughout the entire set, did not stand still. She swayed her hips side to side, floated across the stage like Tina Turner, flicking her head back and forth, and marching all over. There were times where Haynes would point her guitar like a shot gun, Johnny Cash style, or raise it up in the air as Gabriel would meet the build up of a bridge with a crash of the symbol, and send the band off charging again. How the Seratones play off one another is what makes this band such a joy to watch live. Though the songs are simplistic and straight forward, the arrangements and delivery causes a wave effect that just keep getting bigger and bigger.
For their final song, Haynes hoisted her guitar over her head, set it down, grabbed the mic and marched to the very front of the stage. Connor started pounding away at his guitar, Adam followed him by sliding his hands up the neck of his bass, and Gabriel followed slamming his sticks into his drums. Haynes had one hand on her hip, in a warrior stance as she shouted out the lyrics to “Trees” to the stage. She crouched down and leaped down to floor to face the two couples that rocked out with her the entire evening. This excited everyone as the audience members cheered loudly! Haynes danced away with the members of the audience that were in front of the barricade. Connor came in with his zigzagging guitar solo as Haynes and the audience cheered on. She rushed back to the end of the stage and finished out the song and shouted, “THANK YOU SO MUCH SEATTLE!!!” She hopped back on stage, and the Seratones exited the roaring room. Explosive, high energy and with the attitude of good old fashioned rock-n-roll, the Seratones will leave you in a dazed stupor wanting more.
Choking on Your Spit
Don’t Need It
Take it Easy
Listen to the tracks that Seratones played at Paramount Theatre 9/24/16