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SENA KIM

Spotlight on: Garage Voice.

What they play: Three-piece bands don't generally make for groups with epic sounds, but Issaquah's Garage Voice is an exception.

Blending indie-rock guitars, jazz concepts and hints of classical, Thomas Panigot (vocals, guitar and piano), Bruce Pearson (bass, piano and vocals), and Patrick Toney (drums and vocals) work hard to keep an arresting dynamic in both their live shows and their recordings.

On stage, the chemistry between the bandmates is palpable: Panigot's soaring yet soothing falsetto melds perfectly with Toney's delicate drum play, and Pearson and Panigot show an affinity for jam sessions that, despite their length, are hard not to watch.

Their music is neither trite nor superficial, but, rather, is a refreshing break from everyday radio fare. They've been working for over a year on "developing their sound" and recording their latest record, "Let Those Who Have Ears Hear," which will be released Saturday.

- The News Tribune


"Following their well-received Feb. 3 (2007) show, Seattlites Garage Voice return to the Empyrean. The indie band makes emotionally significant, pretty music full of pianos, soft cymbal drama, and smooth falsetto - like some kind of garage Coldplay. What sets Garage Voice apart from the indie millions are an ear for momentum-building repetition and a flair for jazz and bossa nova flavors. Both add a unique cinema to band's otherwise thoroughly indie sound.

Having translated that aesthetic into salable merchandise, Garage Voice returns to hawk it's new LP, Let Those Who Have Ears Hear. The full-length captures the band's ability to play clean and soft with warm expanse, not unlike fellow indie-pop dabblers, Yo La Tengo. The result is inquisitive pop devoid of ego or self-importance. Taking selflessness and faith for subject matter, the members of Garage Voice have the good sense to let their lyrics extend to the universal, and the good taste to let their songs breathe. -Andrew Matson - The Pacific Northwest Inlander


Discography

Let Those Who Have Ears Hear- April 2007
Safe From All Alarms- June 2004
All Works Out EP- May 2003

Three songs from our new album can be heard at myspace.com/garagevoice, and another two at purevolume.com/garagevoice.

We are played regularly on KAOS FM in Olympia

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"[Garage Voice] makes emotionally significant, pretty music full of pianos, soft cymbal drama, and smooth falsetto. The result is inquisitive pop devoid of ego or self-importance. Taking selflessness and faith for subject matter, the members of Garage Voice have the good sense to let their lyrics extend to the universal, and the good taste to let their songs breathe." - Andrew Matson, The Pacific Northwest Inlander, Spokane

"Breathy Seattle rockers mix earnestness with some truly bizarre, electrifying keyboard heroics." - The Pacific Northwest Inlander, Spokane

"They do absolutely love to jam (wait until you see Thomas and Bruce collaborate together on one keyboard)." - Julia Lipscomb, The Spokane Sidekick

Garage Voice, the jazz-inspired rock trio from Seattle, is enthusiastic to share their newly developed sound after spending a year recording their upcoming album, Let Those Who Have Ears Hear. Tommy, Bruce and Patrick live together and write spiritual music that is directly influenced by their deep friendship and sincere desire to grow in love for others. This is shown on their new album; from "Amour", an elegy for a disintegrating marriage, to "Release Your Doubt", a piece that beholds the struggle between uneasiness and intimacy with God.

"On Let Those Who Have Ears Hear, Altruism is contrasted with Egoism," says bassist Bruce Pearson. "Selflessness, trust and humility arouse love and peace, while Selfishness incites fear, doubt and pride. John the Beloved wrote that perfect love casts out all fear. Our new album is about this very wonder: that perfect love heals our relationships with others, with ourselves and with the Divine."

Garage Voice will independently release their album and start a national tour April 21 at Club Impact in Tacoma. Until then they will be updating their Myspace and website with new photos and blogs.