Punishment in a Basement

15 Apr

punishment at another dream

I won’t pretend to be any kind of expert on the DIY music scene in Seattle, but William Statler seems to be a favorite. His usually one-man act Punishment was infamous for letting a constant plague of technical difficulties dissolve into a legitimate comedy routine, cracking self-deprecating jokes while juggling MIDI keyboards and minidiscs.

But he seemed to have it together when I saw him play in the basement of Another Dream. Along with drums and an EWI, it was an almost regrettably error-free set — except when William decided one track should be sped up 8%, and everything the EWI played was, by necessity, out of tune.

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