Prints of China

Prints of China

 Seattle, Washington, USA
BandAlternativeRock

Sparse, melodic grooves compliment moody lyrics on this Seattle trio's 2010 EP.

Biography

Prints of China, a Seattle-based indie rock trio of art school transplants, combines upbeat rhythms, a moody tonality and dynamic female vocals on their 2010 debut EP, False Fronts. Tracks on the EP are suggestive of the band’s broad range of influences, including reggae, surf rock and 80’s underground pop. Fans have compared their signature sound to a broad range of bands like She & Him, Interpol, Modest Mouse and St. Vincent.

The EP is in rotation at over ninety college and CORE radio stations across the United States. Tracks from the EP are streaming online at stations like Last FM, Jango and Grooveshark, through which the band continues building an international fan base including Scandinavia, France, Canada, the UK and Ireland.

Listeners are saying:
“It’s easy to get lost in the ethereal and seraphic air of Empty Vessels; the song is mind-blowing for an unsigned band...” – iTunes listener

“One of the most original-sounding bands I’ve heard in a long time.” –North Dakota listener

“I kind of like that they don't quite ever let the cat out of the bag in their music. Although I have to admit, there's a part of me that keeps waiting for the track to morph into one of those big blown out Smashing Pumpkins kind of thing.” Billy Thin, Songshooter.com

“This brought a few things to mind, from The XX to Beach House to going back further something like Lush... personally I'm a fan and I think you guys are making some very cool music...” –California listener

Lyrics

Empty Vessels

Written By: Kapp / Weathers / Rhoades

a nasty rumor is floating around
about empty vessels making the most sound
there had to be a catastrophe
to show slick hands when the vessel is empty
mechanical monsters dip and sway
along the coastline of the states
toes in liquid gold, parts are getting old
the pressure gives way
how can you shoot Goliath
if the rocks run through your hands?
with lost goods and used rubber tires
5000 feet below land?
all these empty vessels
are filled with apathy,
every one, every one
top hats barter primetime slots
clean the closet with landfill cheap shots
play your game your righteous roulette
you're catching flies with a poacher's net
visuals flow a thousand miles from the tongue
you won't be called a quitter
nestle into your digital real estate
cover yourself with glue with glitter
all these empty vessels
are filled with apathy,
every one, every one
all these empty vessels
are filled with apathy,
every one

False Fronts

Written By: Kapp / Weathers / Rhoades

don't look at the neighbors
or don't let them see you looking in
stay away from the window
lest they see you
oh no
a collage of deep space
space in which you can collect
irrational creations
but the goatee really ruins the effect
strike the false fronts to the dust
and after talking to you
well, it's just an interesting effect
like I just ate a wedge of lemon
and recited the whole alphabet
I am looking for something to move me
those big words, they just move me away
strike the false fronts
strike the false fronts
strike the false fronts to the dust
a tender interaction
of two complete strangers
brought together by tragedy
or maybe just a deep-fried fake steak
strike the false fronts to the dust

Power Heavy

Written By: Kapp / Weathers / Rhoades

clear the land for the new wonder
let it run in rivets over under
coat the stumps with latex paint
send a prayer to the storybook saint
through the electric fence you see,
I'm overcome with insecurity
you drive a ford, I drive a chevy
we are both american power heavy
do you listen, do you play
do you dance do you dance
do you have it your way?
do you listen, do you play
do you dance do you dance do you dance?
what's the consequence of chance?
get your ammo ready
you're so power heavy
hold those crosshairs steady
you're so power heavy
I won't float on those foreign waters
if you stop searching for sovereign fathers
I'll be as holy as needles and pins
subtle as your diesel lawn mower engines
it's the tragedy of the body
it's the strategy of the ball
it's the martyrdom of the animal
it's the sadness of us all
(chorus)
get your ammo ready
you're so power heavy
hold those crosshairs steady
you're so power heavy

No Shame

Written By: Kapp / Weathers / Rhoades

a dog begs
begs on all four legs, sits pretty and waiting
and you're a drag cause it's our space
you come in here invading
your girlfriend's nice legs
make her walk zags & zigs
and your eyes they follow
but the kicker is you'll put her down
you'll put her down tomorrow
have you no shame?
will I call you?
sure I'll call you, by another name.
look at a framed rag
you'd say it was in your bag, but so 1995
I bet that in the face of posh
you'd never throw your caution to the wind
did you hear the wind?
it blows away the comments you should rescind
your ego spits out what your judgement sees
as you spend your paycheck from a trust fund? please.
have you no shame?
will I call you?
sure I'll call you, by another name.
she really picks the prize
the longing for attention glistens in your eyes
why don't you take your tainted tongue
stop blinking at the fire
tweeting at the cursor please
you aint no warhol you aint no buoys
you aint got no friends just toys
don't you know your facade is fading
as you come in here invading?
have you no shame?
will I call you?
sure I'll call you, by another name.
have you no shame?
will I call you?

Fluff & Fold

Written By: Kapp / Weathers / Rhoades

she never thought she'd be working at the fluff & fold
she'd bag more than clothes
to keep her from feeling too old
and she would kiss
she would always kiss & tell
and then he'd say go pray, go pray, go pray
she would kiss
she would always kiss & tell
and then he'd say go pray
juan would try to save her
the boys is sin, he'd say, say
she spoke no spanish
but she would tell him anyway
details of the bouncer
who went down on her at the last rave
and Juan, he spoke little english
but he'd come up with these
strangely appropriate cliches
yeah, it's all fun
it's all fun and games
until you have gone away
'til judgement day
she would promptly smack him
with a square of packaged clothes
and Josie, she just shook her head
and continued to fold, fold

Discography

Debut EP, False Fronts, released Summer 2010.

All tracks available streaming on MySpace and Bandcamp, and also on Grooveshark, Jango and LastFM. Individual tracks can be purchased on iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon, Rhapsody, and Napster.