Band beats challenges before Bumbershoot

August 31, 2010

By Staff

Shooting for Bumbershoot: Part 2 of 3 — Part 1 and Part 3

Just about the same time Great Waves started recording a third EP in early August, bassist Paul Beeman took a spill and broke his left wrist.

The band, primed for a weeklong recording session in Seattle, persevered. Beeman — a lead songwriter, too — gripped his bass with fingers emerging from a blue cast, although he may have to re-record some material.

Days before the band opens Bumbershoot at the Experience Music Project, the band beat back nerves. Great Waves will reunite not long before going on before a first-day Bumbershoot crowd.

Guitarist Will Holmes, a student at Occidental College, plans to fly back for the day and then — in rock star fashion — return to Los Angeles the next day. The other band members live in the Seattle area.

The band originated at Skyline High School; members graduated from Skyline and Eastside Catholic High School.

Bumbershoot caps the band’s yearlong romp across the Seattle music scene.

“Blue Blood” — Great Waves’ debut EP — came out in December. The tracks roam across bluegrass fields and lonesome highways. Singer Ashley Bullock has a plaintive voice that sounds like the ghosts from a thousand breakups.

The band released the drum-driven “At the Bottom of the Well” EP in April. Drummer Ryan Sprute sprinkles tricks and fills throughout the tracks.

The still-untitled third EP is set to come out after Bumbershoot.

Only a handful of the tracks recorded at Jupiter Studios last month made the cut. The band scrapped most of the songs written for the EP, but some of the new music might sneak into the Bumbershoot set.

“We feel like we made a lot of strides this year and we want to keep getting better,” Beeman said.

If you go
Great Waves at Bumbershoot
-12:30 p.m. Sept. 4
-Sky Church, Experience Music Project
-325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle
-Tickets: $22 for a single day without Mainstage access, $40 for a single day with Mainstage access

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or Tim Pfarr: 392-6434, ext. 239, or Comment at

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