Killer Workout (formerly The West)

Killer Workout (formerly The West)

 Seattle, Washington, USA
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Killer Workout (formerly The West) is a Seattle band that combines modern indie-dance-pop with late 70s/early 80s new wave and post-punk. On stage, the band delivers lively, high-energy performances that are both fun to watch and impossible to sit still for.

Formed in 2011, Killer Workout is comprised of Anthony Darnell (vocals/keys/guitar), Bob Husak (drums), Reed Griffin (guitar/producer), Adrienne Clark (keys/vocals), and Jon Swihart (bass/vocals).

Biography

Killer Workout is a Seattle band that combines modern indie-dance-pop with late 70s/early 80s new wave and post-punk. Active since 2012, Killer Workout began as an outfit called The West, and has two LPs and two EPs under that monicker. The name change occurred in early 2017 to coincide with the release of their latest EP, <i>A Matter of Style</I>. 

Killer Workout typically plays medium-sized rooms in the Seattle area, such as The Crocodile, The Sunset Tavern, The High Dive, and Neumos. The band also played a SxSW showcase of Seattle bands in 2015 and has toured the Southwestern United States on multiple occasions. 

Formed in 2011, the band is comprised of Anthony Darnell (guitar/keys/vocals), Bob Husak (drums), Reed Griffin (guitar/producer), Adrienne Clark (keys/vocals), and Jon Swihart (bass/vocals).

On stage, Killer Workout deliver lively, high-energy performances that are both fun to watch and impossible to sit still for. The five-piece act features synthesizers, electric guitars, and a live drum kit, with layered harmonies from Darnell, Clark, and Swihart filling out the sonic mix. Visually, Darnell and Clark command centerstage with theatrical poise, and Husak’s bombastic drumming is an inspiring reminder of what the human body can do.

The band began in 2011 as an exploration in dance music by Husak, formerly of The Blakes, and Darnell. Inspired by the power of dance music to provide emotional release through movement, the two began writing songs and recording demos in Husak’s basement. Shortly thereafter, they enlisted the help of Reed Griffin, Husak’s friend and former producer for The Blakes, who took on the roll of lead guitarist and producer. Adrienne Clark was then invited to play synthesizer and add another vocal layer to the band’s budding sound. The lineup finally solidified with the addition of bassist and backup vocalist, Jon Swihart, who joined the band in summer of 2012.

Don’t Make a Sound, a four song EP, was the band's first release. It gained airplay on KEXP and earned coverage in Seattle’s entertainment press. It was followed up by In Low Light, a full length LP released in February of 2013. The following December, the band debuted Clock is Ticking, a three-song EP whose title track, “Clock is Ticking,” also appears on the 2014 LP, Never the Place. Killer Workout’s recent EP, A Matter of Style, was released in February of 2017 and a new release is in the works. 

Lyrics

Into the Night

Written By: Anthony Darnell,Adrienne Clark,Jon Swihart,Bob Husak

INTO THE NIGHT
When you were young,
precious and tame,
story was new
but the outcome the same.
Beat of your heart.
Sound of your voice.
A wrinkle in time.
But you don't have a choice.

And you can't change everything you are.
Before you go, don't go to far.

Fall back going nowhere into the night.
Fall back going nowhere into the night.

Take what you want.
Take what you need.
Take what you love.
But it’s only for greed.
Smell of decay
Fresh on you breath.
Lean close to me
And we’ll share one more kiss.

And you can't change everything you are.
Before you go, don't go to far.

Fall back going nowhere into the night.
Fall back going nowhere into the night.

You can take your heart…
You can take your heart away.

Fall back going nowhere into the night.
Fall back going nowhere into the night.
Into the night.
Into the night.
Into the night.
Into the night.

Sister

Written By: Anthony Darnell,Jon Swihart,Adrienne Clark,Bob Husak

Always in a hurry.
Conversation stops.
I feel I’m growing colder.
And time is almost lost.

Do you really want to believe in anyone or anything?
Do you really want to believe in me?

You don’t have to run right back,
Back to the inside, standing on the line.
All the years of comfort gone,
Lost on the outside, always over time.

The promise of tomorrow.
I guess I’m back to that.
Kiss me on my forehead.
And save the best for last.

Never had a chance if you’re blaming innocence. It’s criminal.
Never had a chance to see this through.

You don’t have to run right back,
Back to the inside, standing on the line.
All the years of comfort gone,
Lost on the outside, always over time.

Isn’t it you running back this way from the other side?
Isn’t it you taking back this love from the other side?

I can read your fortune.
A random twist of fate.
And though it’s not that often…
Your clothes are still the same.

Do you really want to believe in anyone or anything?
Do you really want to believe in me?

You don’t have to run right back,
Back to the inside, standing on the line.
All the years of comfort gone,
Lost on the outside, always over time.

Isn’t it you running back this way from the other side?
Isn’t it you taking back this love to the other side?

You don’t have to run right back,
Back to the inside, standing on the line.
All the years of comfort gone,
Lost on the outside, always over time.

Isn’t it you?
Isn’t it you?
Isn’t it you?
Isn’t it you?

A Matter of Style

Written By: Anthony Darnell,Adrienne Clark,Jon Swihart,Bob Husak

What you see is what you get.
I know it’s a matter of style.
If you tell me how to dress…
I know it’s a matter of style.

And you stay, stay, stay, stay…
You stay the same.
Go, go, go, go…
You go insane.

Yes. Yes. Yes. No.
What you see is what you get.
Yes. Yes. Yes. No.
What you see is what you get.

Don’t you wanna be…
Be someone!
Don’t you wanna be…
Be someone!
Don’t you wanna be…
Be someone!
Don’t you wanna be…
Be someone!

What you see is what you get.
I know it’s a matter of style.
If you tell me how to dress…
I know it’s a matter of style.

And you stay, stay, stay, stay…
You stay the same.
Go, go, go, go…
You go insane.

Yes. Yes. Yes. No.
What you see is what you get.
Yes. Yes. Yes. No.
What you see is what you get.

Call Me Back

Written By: Anthony Darnell,Adrienne Clark,Jon Swihart,Bob Husak

Love my way
Tired of the same excuses
Day to day.
Watching as we fall to pieces.

Don’t give up on me.
Don’t give up.
Don’t give up on me.
Don’t give up.

Only wanna make you happy.
Only wanna see you again.
Feeling like a constant stranger.
Calling back in suspense.
Everyday I’m moving closer.
Gonna let me stay by your side.
Feeling like a sometimes lover.
Coming back right on time.

If we'd stay.
One more chance with new surprises
Hard to say.
If we do we won’t survive this

Don’t give up on me.
Don’t give up.
Don’t give up on me.
Don’t give up.

Only wanna make you happy.
Only wanna see you again.
Feeling like a constant stranger.
Calling back in suspense.
Everyday I’m moving closer.
Gonna let me stay by your side.
Feeling like a sometimes lover.
Coming back right on time.

Call me back.
You can call me back.
You can call me back.
Lights are fading.

Everyone is a setting sun.

Haunting

Written By: Anthony Darnell,Adrienne Clark,Jon Swihart,Bob Husak

My lover, you’re turning me on.
Your soul is sweet but your love,
Yes it’s turning me on.

Every moment I can feel it haunting me.
In the feedback I can hear it calling me.
Don’t push it away.
Don’t push it away.
Don’t push it away.
Every moment I can feel it haunting me.

Forever, we fade in and out.
The fear is there
But we missed what it’s really about.

Every moment I can feel it haunting me.
In the feedback I can hear it calling me.
Don’t push it away.
Don’t push it away.
Don’t push it away.
Every moment I can feel it haunting me.

Every moment I can feel it haunting me.
In the feedback I can hear it calling me.
Don’t push it away.
Don’t push it away.
Don’t push it away.
Every moment I can feel it haunting me.

Discography

A Matter of Style (2017) - EP

  1. Into the Night
  2. Sister
  3. A Matter of Style
  4. Call Me Back
  5. Haunting

Never the Place (2014) - LP

  1. Ready for More
  2. Never the Place
  3. Stay Til the Night is Over
  4. Last Time We Danced
  5. Step Back in Line
  6. Fashion
  7. Heavy Footsteps
  8. Clock is Ticking
  9. In This Dream of Mine
  10. This Heat


Clock is Ticking (2013)
  1. Clock is Ticking
  2. Out of Sync
  3. All I Want is This


In Low Light (2013) - LP

  1. It Was Disco and It’s Over
  2. You’re In Control
  3. Slightest Touch
  4. You Won’t
  5. Another Story
  6. Don’t Make a Sound
  7. Danger
  8. Hustler
  9. Call Me a Liar
  10. In Low Light


Don't Make a Sound (2012)
  1. It Was Disco (and it's over)
  2. Don't Make a Sound
  3. Call Me a Liar
  4. Danger