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Lovely Hearts Club presents: Tea Cozies - Dead Man's Sister

Paper Garden Records on March 07, 2011 00:52

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Steeped in garage rock and british indie, Tea Cozies take influences from guitar-driven pop bands as Blur, Elastica, and the Pixies. Though Seattle-based, the origins of Tea Cozies began in Northern Colorado where Jessi Reed (vocals, guitar), Brady Harvey (vocals, guitar) and former drummer Kelly Viergutz attended Fort Collins High School together.

Jessi started playing guitar at age 15 in punk rock bands, with stints on public access television and in high school talent shows. Brady, the daughter of a music teacher, was classically trained in flute, saxophone, piano, and choir. The two met in 10th grade, bonding over a love of britpop and camping. Brady quickly picked up guitar and they began playing music together with the addition of Kelly. The trio played only one Colorado show at a New Years Eve party, before relocating to Seattle due to boredom and ocean-craving.

With the addition of Jeff Anderson (bass, handclaps), Tea Cozies released a 5 song EP recorded in the living room of their house. Cutting their chops at just about every dive bar in Seattle, the band spent the year gigging relentlessly on tour and at local music festivals. In 2009, the band released the infectious Hot Probs (produced by Erik Blood), which Seattle Weekly describes as "equal parts garage rock and '60s girl group, punk and bubblegum, Blur and Bikini Kill." Hot Probs was picked up by regional radio such as KEXP and 107.7 The End, earning the band slots at the 2009 Seattle City of Music Awards and in the GIVE Seattle Compilation (along with Ben Gibbard and The Long Winters.)

In late 2009, the band parted ways with drummer Kelly Viergutz, who now plays in the folk-rock group, Origami Ghosts. Tea Cozies enlisted former Fleet Fox Garrett Croxon (drums) and are currently working on their sophomore album. Look for them in the upcoming series $5 Cover: Seattle.


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