Olympia's POLKA DOT DOT DOT
Close Out 2009 With New Album,
Bring "Tin Pan Folk" to the West Coast
'Syzygy' Out In Nov. 9th on Bicycle Records, Tour Dates Below!
Three people. One adventure. Cosmic alignment? Polka Dot Dot Dot, based in Olympia, WA, formed when three travelers (Jordan O'Jordan, Onyx of Olympia, and Colleen Johnson or Twig Palace) met on the treefern-speckled shores of New Zealand. Combining their solo sets for a last-minute spot at the Camp A Low Hum Music Festival, the Dots charmed crowds with their refreshing blend of folk, tin pan alley, and a cappella styles. Their first album, "Love Letter to New Zealand" reflected this impromptu musical spirit.
On their 2nd full-length release, "Syzygy" (a term that refers to planetary alignment), the Dots deliver a record that is unique, beautiful, and more patient than their last. Written after two US tours and a return trip to New Zealand, these songs deal with the fleeting nature of movement, friendship, and infatuation. While still full of their characteristic 3 part harmonies and instrumentation (guitar, banjo, ukulele, musical saw, harp, and hand-clap percussion), "Syzygy" expands the Dots' sound with more orchestration and vocal arrangement.
Yet, despite the fairly existential themes of this new record, Polka Dot Dot Dot have crafted an album that floats and bobs on a cosmic sea, and is neither too heavy nor too light. Here, gravity has a gentle touch and allows us along on this trip, leaving us star-speckled and beaming at the end.
Nov. 12 (TH): Olympia, WA @ The Northern w/CHURCH, and LETTERS
Nov. 13 (FR): Seattle, WA @ Healthy Times Fun Club w/FANCIE
Nov. 14 (SA): Tacoma, WA@ Bob's Java Jive w/CHURCH, $2000 PUMA, and the SUGAR BEATS
Nov. 15 (SU): Portland, OR @ Rontom's w/CHURCH
Nov. 16 (MO): Corvallis, OR @ The Beanery w/BRIAN SMITH
Nov. 17 (TU): Arcata, CA @ The Green House w/THE CULLENS
Nov. 18 (WE): Sacramento, CA@ the HUB
Nov. 19 (TH): Davis, CA @ Elisa's House w/RICKY BERGER and HOT DAMN
Nov. 20 (FR): Bay Area @ TBA
Nov. 21 (SA): Santa Cruz, CA @ the Crystal Palace w/MAPLE RABBIT
Nov. 22 (SU): Isla Vista, CA @ the Biko CO-OP Garage w/BROTHER MITYA and WHITMORE
Nov. 23 (MO): LA, CA @ Historical Marker 157
Nov. 24 (TU): Phoenix, AZ @ The Trunk Space w/ANDREW JACKSON JIHADd
Nov. 25 (WE): Tucson, AZ @ The Dry River Collective w/GREAT JOB!
Nov. 28 (SA): Albuquerque, NM @ Winnings Coffee Co.
Nov. 29 (SU): Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf Collective
Nov. 30 (MO): Lubbock, TX @ Bash's
Dec. 3 (TH): Austin, TX @ Annie Street
Arts Collective w/SOME SAY LELAND
Dec. 4 (FR): Denton, TX @ ArtSix Coffee
Dec. 5 (SA): Norman, OK @ Universe City
Dec. 6 (SU): Oklahoma City, OK @ Scissortail Social Space
Dec. 7 (MO): Lawrence, KS @ TBA
Dec. 10 (TH): Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive w/IAN COOKE and LITTLES PAIA
Dec. 11 (FR): Provo, UT @ Muse Music w/DREW DANBURRY, THE AWFUL TRUTH, and OKAY OKAY
Dec. 12 (SA): Boise, ID @ Pengilly's
Dec. 13 (SU): Portland, OR @ TBA
Dec. 14 (MO): Langley, WA @ TBA