Madden and Bramson grew close through his gig playing rhythm guitar in her father's traditional Irish folk band. While catching a paycheck playing weddings and contra dances, Bramson holed up in his bedroom, four-tracking the beginnings of the Solvents. Being young, the pair's romantic beginnings were quite stormy but once Madden began playing violin on Bramson's recordings, Solvents were solidified.
Solvents slowly became a bedroom folk trio with the addition of Sasha Landis on drums. Secretly recording in the isolation of a tiny town cut off from mainstream society, the band soldiered on crafting a slew of self-released albums that went relatively unheard outside of the Pacific Northwest.
The bands latest record (Forgive Yr Blood) is the Solvents' culmination, their coming out party. Bramson's vocals have an urgency to them unheard in prior material, they snarl and crackle with emotional intensity matched by his guitar playing. Madden's violin resonates deep, clear and beautifully as Landis' drums drive the rhythm...