Jericho Hill CD Release Launches Full Force Audio Assault

*Written by Kurt Clark & Cindy Cavins*

A heavy night of local rock descended on the High Dive in Fremont on September 8th.

Jericho Hill CD Cover
Jericho Hill’s new CD Release “The Suicide Jack”

Jericho Hill performed songs from their new CD “The Suicide Jack;” three other bands came out to help celebrate the release.  All four groups were well matched in their music style and stage presence.  Many of them have been friends for years – in a way, the High Dive was like a big reunion party!

Crossing Crusades opened the show with their pulse throbbing vocals and signature animated performance.

Crossing Crusades
Jericho Hill CD Release Party at the High Dive in Seattle WA, 8 September 2018. Photo by Kurt Clark / NeHi Stripes Musiczine Seattle – Crossing Crusades

The band quickly connected to the audience, and held their attention throughout the set.  The music was brilliantly executed with Chris Hopkins on vocals.  Retten Steincipher and Aaron Lee played off each other, in a way that only longtime friends can do.

Crossing Crusades
Jericho Hill CD Release Party at the High Dive in Seattle WA, 8 September 2018. Photo by Kurt Clark / NeHi Stripes Musiczine Seattle – Crossing Crusades

Sam Thompson swapped between hot licks and facial expressions all night, as he sailed through firey guitar solos.  And Kevin Ross brought the big sticks, hitting hard and lighting up his drum kit with the glow of green halo.

Crossing Crusades
Jericho Hill CD Release Party at the High Dive in Seattle WA, 8 September 2018. Photo by Kurt Clark / NeHi Stripes Musiczine Seattle – Crossing Crusades

Woodshed followed and brought their heavy trio sound as if it were an “arena-rock” concert. Hunter Venturo’s strapping vocals are fortified by Nathan Reno’s whirlwind bass and Jake Turner’s solid drumming.

Woodshed
Jericho Hill CD Release Party at the High Dive in Seattle WA, 8 September 2018. Photo by Kurt Clark / NeHi Stripes Musiczine Seattle – Woodshed

The most noteworthy thing about a musical trio – is that at times the players must in a sense ‘channel’ one another to achieve big sound with fewer players.  It’s clear that Woodshed in a sense is a well oiled “machine”, and each member a moving part.  In the video we captured for their song “Super Van” (above), Woodshed incorporates elements to the Desert Scene / Stoner Rock sound – deep bass, tuned-down chords, hard snare hits, and lyrics dealing with the times of today.

Woodshed
Jericho Hill CD Release Party at the High Dive in Seattle WA, 8 September 2018. Photo by Kurt Clark / NeHi Stripes Musiczine Seattle – Woodshed
Woodshed
Jericho Hill CD Release Party at the High Dive in Seattle WA, 8 September 2018. Photo by Kurt Clark / NeHi Stripes Musiczine Seattle – Woodshed

It was then time for the band of honor to take the stage – JERICHO HILL!

Jericho Hill
Jericho Hill CD Release Party at the High Dive in Seattle WA, 8 September 2018. Photo by Kurt Clark / NeHi Stripes Musiczine Seattle – Jericho Hil

The crowd pressed closer to the stage as Malcolm Williams began singing “Undress My Bones” (a song that Cindy has not been able to get out of her head since she edited the video).

Jericho Hill consists of Malcolm on Vocals, Mac Potter on Guitar, The Mysterious Esteban on Guitar, Nick Skinnell on Bass, Adam Birchman on Drums, and Steve Schneider on Guitar.  Their mid-tempo metal sound was an immediate hit with the crowd, and as the band continued they used a blend of animated antics and crowd interaction to bring the fans an experience not soon forgotten.

Jericho Hill
Jericho Hill CD Release Party at the High Dive in Seattle WA, 8 September 2018. Photo by Kurt Clark / NeHi Stripes Musiczine Seattle – Jericho Hill

Kurt caught up with Malcolm after the show and asked him how he felt the CD Release event went. “The night left us incredibly grateful,” he said. “The amount of love shared by everyone there was unreal! I mean, you couldn’t walk from one end of the venue to the other without being engulfed in it.”

Jericho Hill
Jericho Hill CD Release Party at the High Dive in Seattle WA, 8 September 2018. Photo by Kurt Clark / NeHi Stripes Musiczine Seattle – Jericho Hill

Some shows go beyond the band/stage/audience dynamic and become something far better.  For Jericho Hill, this party was much more.  “More than a gig,” Malcolm said. “It was about watching our friends Wyatt Olney And The Wreckage, Woodshed, and Crossing Crusades absolutely ignite and set that stage on fire. More than a concert, it was a night where every face you saw was family……and more than an album release, it was the ink drying on the first chapter… now there are new pages to fill.”

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Jericho Hill CD Release Party at the High Dive in Seattle WA, 8 September 2018. Photo by Kurt Clark / NeHi Stripes Musiczine Seattle – Jericho Hill

Malcolm and the guys had a huge feeling of gratitude for the venue, support staff, and all those who helped them record the album.  “I also want to extend a huge thank you to Sean Walker & Jason Shavey from Synergy Studios, as well as Rachel Fields from Resonant Mastering.”

Jericho Hill

The night finished up with Wyatt Olney and The Wreckage. The band went on near midnight; if anyone was falling asleep, that slumber didn’t last long – as they launched into the frantic chords of “Hell & Back.”

Wyatt Olney on Rhythm Guitar, Kyle Gibboney on Lead Guitar, William Nelson on Bass, and Rob Brennan on Drums.

Wyatt Olney and The Wreckage
Jericho Hill CD Release Party at the High Dive in Seattle WA, 8 September 2018. Photo by Kurt Clark / NeHi Stripes Musiczine Seattle – Wyatt Olney & The Wreckage

The energy that launched their set maintained its level throughout their entire stage show. Clearly a crowd favorite, the band managed to hold many tried-and-true Seattle music fans until the dark hours of the early morning.

Wyatt Olney and The Wreckage
Jericho Hill CD Release Party at the High Dive in Seattle WA, 8 September 2018. Photo by Kurt Clark / NeHi Stripes Musiczine Seattle – Wyatt Olney & The Wreckage

When the final sweaty drops of music were done, the crowd got one encore and left highly satisfied.

Wyatt Olney and The Wreckage
Jericho Hill CD Release Party at the High Dive in Seattle WA, 8 September 2018. Photo by Kurt Clark / NeHi Stripes Musiczine Seattle – Wyatt Olney & The Wreckage

To see and hear such intensive rock, with other excited fans in a smaller venue, is an experience that must be explored.  The music, the motion, and the vibration are right there – as close as the musician is to you on a stage just four feet off the ground.  It was the perfect venue for the Jericho Hill CD Release because it gave the listening experience something tactile and personal.  And the line up of bands only made it better.

Look for all four of these bands playing shows around The Sound!

All video owned & captured by NeHi Stripes Musiczine Seattle. Video edited by Cindy Cavins owner of NeHi Stripes.

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