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Birch Riley at Manette Saloon in Bremerton, Wa
Saturday, August 4th, 2018
8:00 PM
BIRCH RILEY is probably one of the more interesting bands to see live. Lead singer and guitarist Wes Hlebichuk, guitarist & violin player (among other things) Shawn Thompson, bass player Phil Calvert and drummer Rick Sloot move from hard and/or extended prog rock themes to modern or indie rock originals. The band has recorded a few limited releases, but are more known for their edgy and moody live performances.

The band originally formed as a four piece in 2000 with then keyboard player Paul Carrico. After recording and releasing the self recorded CD "Scattered"in 2001, Shawn Thompson left the band to finish college. The remaining trio, Hlebichuk, Sloot and Carrico (on bass and keys) hit the road for a 3 month tour to promote the new release.

In early 2010 the band released an online EP called "3" which includes a straight ahead, guitar driven rocker called CEST LA VIE, a partially prog rock tune called 6 FEET UNDER featuring Thompson on Cello and Violin, and THROWN TO THE WOLVES, an in your face, latin rock effort that speeds you through a set of passages layered with guest backing vocals, a surprise horn section, loud guitar and a radically present vocalist. In February of 2011, the trio brought bassist, guitar player and keyboard player Phil Calvert on board to help the band expand their live stage sound.

A new collection of songs have been written, including a new release on CD Baby called IN DISGUISE. This song is one part of a story featuring a future character facing what seems could be the lot for many an interstellar worker in the years to come.