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"Alligators Transfix You"

"One listen to the first minute of "Where Does It Hide?" and you'll be transfixed. The melody here is so immediate that the mid-song transition to Radiohead-esque histrionics is just icing on the cake." -

"I Like Harmonies"

"I didn't realize this - apparently, if there are enough dreamy vocal harmonies happening, I still kind of like rock music. Go figure!" -

"Guilty Pleasure"

""Where Does it Hide?," the first single off of their debut Piggy and Cups, is such a mind-bendingly catchy tune that it almost toes the line of guilty pleasure throwaway pop a la the Fountains of Wayne and Cheap Trick (with harmonies that would make Brian Wilson himself cry). At the same time, fans of The Bends era Radiohead and the Shins will get their dose of shimmery, wailing guitar and sweet melancholy." - Instramental Analysis


Alligators have crafted a kind-hearted pop record based around the concept of remaining true to one�s sound and snug in one�s skin. No matter how crusty things might get, no matter how pushy the temptation might be to sink into unbearable platitudes, these guys refuse to compromise.

Piggy & Cups is a pleasant, satisfying souvenir of what happens when we put music in the right hands. These five Washington State reptiles have concocted an enchanting, sweet, brisk record. It is soothing, danceable, and outright enticing with its well-dressed desire to �do anything,� if only we want to."


LP: Piggy and Cups 2008



Calling themselves Alligators, these five charming gentlemen have already hit it big with their name. Alligators (the animals), are large reptiles that have a peculiar mystique surrounding their existence. Well, so do these guys. Where do they come from? When you think about Kitsap county and "the other side of puget sound," not much comes to mind but small towns and the naval shipyard. All the members, hailing from the greater Bremerton area, have had a long career in the local music scene and all played in some of the area's most widely known and accomplished bands like Time To Fly, Map of June, and Arper.

Talent is not in question; most of these guys have been professionally trained in music and they all convey their knowledge of songwriting in each piece they compose. With the apathetic and bland music that plagues radio stations and music venues today, it's only a matter of time before Alligators' brand of thought-out and innovative music breaks free to reach listeners everywhere.

They take influence from many of the greats and hints of Radiohead, the Beach Boys, and the Zombies can be heard in their songs. While they don't stick with one narrow style of music, their sound can be described as very creative, high-energy, precise pop laced with beautiful harmonies and clever arrangements. Each element of the band is interesting; from the tight pulses that the bass and drums provide, to the guitar-synthesizer relationship during the always-stylish vocal melodies.

Alligators have recently released a full-length album titled Piggy & Cups. It was recorded at Jason McGerr's (Death Cab For Cutie) Two Sticks Audio in Seattle and in the comfort of Alligators' own home. Drummer Kit Arper started up Applehouse Records to release Piggy & Cups in October of 2008