The Calm Blue Sea Album Release Show Saturday Night at Red 7
Even from the beginning, The Calm Blue Sea struck me as a band with a huge, orchestral presence larger than itself, even larger than life. It was music for cinema, even without a film to accompany it. It essentially goes beyond merely enjoying the music and into this completely engrossing sonic experience.
The local quartet made its debut with their 2008 self-titled album. It was a slightly rocky beginning, leading to a three year hiatus before the band returned to re-release their debut on a major label. They now have a new album, Arrivals & Departures, which has already received rave reviews from NPR’s All Songs Considered. The music is more than worthy of such national attention. They’ve created this mind-blowing coalescence of elegance and explosiveness. You’re caught off guard as the songs, at first, set a tone with a quiet pace, only to violently crash into a stormy barrage. Brilliant and breathtaking.
Don’t miss The Calm Blue Sea at their album release show Saturday night at Red 7, 611 E. 7th St., on the inside stage. This is one not to miss. The bill includes local bands Little Radar, The Baker Family, and introducing Fake Hearts, featuring songwriters Russell Ochoa (formerly of Go Nova) and Stephen Bond. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the first band is on at 9:30 p.m. Get there early to see them all. Highly recommended.