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Songs about the hopes we cling to and the regrets that cling to us. Rooted in rain-soaked cities and dry mouths, Varnish want to stand by you when the lights go out and occasionally point out the stars.

Seattle rock/post-punk/garage pop band Varnish are back from a change-filled break. Whilst not playing gigs, they’ve been sorting out new songs and a new bassist, amongst other things. They’re eager to hit the stage with the songs you already love and some songs you haven’t heard yet.

Varnish are:
Amber Bird - Vocals and lyrics
Jason Cope - Guitar
Sanjeev Verma - Bass
aNdi pUzL - Drums

Varnish are steeped in the influence of dark, jangled pop via post-punk UK music that was dressed to kill and to do it fabulously, as well as “pre-punk” New York City bands that set the stage for the modern and alternative rock scenes that came next. Music where confusion becomes clarity and the extremes of human emotion are separated by a precariously thin tightrope, all backlit by a beautiful dissonance.

Though you may pick up on their love of British music, Varnish take some pride in the fact that fans can’t easily pin them down. Who do they sound like? A little bit of a lot of bands, here and there…The comparisons are all favourable, people they admire, but usually end with the listener shrugging and saying, “They just sound like Varnish.” (“Like so much good music we’ve heard before, but not derivative so it’s hard to pin down just who they sound like.”)

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