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Instrumental Indie, California Folk and Joey Cape | What's Up Kitsap Weekend Wrock

Local band Madrid is set for the release of its self-titled debut album this weekend at the Charleston. - Courtesy Photo/Taylor Jones Photography
Local band Madrid is set for the release of its self-titled debut album this weekend at the Charleston.
— image credit: Courtesy Photo/Taylor Jones Photography

Local instrumental indie band Madrid's CD release, a double shot of Andrew Heringer and old salty punks gone acoustic, playing Bremerton in this week’s docket of rock.

FRIDAY Jan. 30

ALLIGATORS w/ Madrid CD release show, the Troubadors and Le Papillion at 7 p.m. at the Charleston, 333 Callow Ave. in Bremerton. All ages, bar w/ ID, $5 cover. Info:,

Are vocals and lyrics necessary in a rock band?

That’s one question raised by the Kitsap-local four-piece Madrid. The band is set for the release of its first album — a self-titled, nine-song collection of dynamically enigmatic instrumental indie tunes, recorded in part at Robert Lang studios in Seattle — dropping at the Chuck this weekend.

The band has no vocals. They said they’d initially intended on finding a singer, but never really got around to it. When they started to see that they had something good going, even just instrumentally, they went with it, built on it and wrocked it — bringing up the whole notion of how necessary vocals and lyrics are in rock music.

Madrid has melody in its roaming clean-tone guitars, punctuation in its talkative bass lines and attitude in its drumbeats. And, maybe, there’s a bit of a story somewhere in the overtones behind enigmatic song titles like “Finland is the Answer,” I ask songwriter Shea McVaugh?

“When I’m writing, I try not to intellectualize it that much,” the sweater-and spectacle-clad guitarist of the very smart-sounding band says.

But I believe him.

Maybe there’s not a story. Maybe there doesn’t need to be. Maybe music without lyrics is something like an abstract painting, from which each listener can draw his or her own conclusion.

Or maybe there is no conclusion to be drawn.

Find more on Madrid, the band and the album, at


Double shot of ANDREW HERINGER — 5:30 p.m., all ages, no cover at the Global Bean, 2021 NW Myhre Road in Silverdale and 9 p.m., 21+, $5 cover with band at the Manette Saloon, 2113 E. 11th St. in East Bremerton. Info:,

Andrew Heringer, a new-age folk-style singer/songwriter comparable to, though not necessarily defined by, the likes of Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews and Jason Mraz, he’s spent the past few years traveling the country with his music. Sometimes playing solo, sometimes with his band.

He’s released three solo albums since 2005 and the Andrew Heringer Band put out its first, a jazz-folk-rock-fusion, in 2008.

Heringer comes to Kitsap for a shot of both Jan. 31.

ALSO CHECK OUT: The final show of Triple Forte’s white trash West Sound CD release tour with Legends on Heroin and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly at 9 p.m. Jan. 31 at Moondogs, Too, 714 Bay St. in Port Orchard. 21+, no cover.


JOEY CAPE (of Lagwagon/Bad Astronaut) w/ Jon Snodgrass (of Drag the River/Armchair Martian) and Tumbledown (w/ Mike Herrera of MxPx) and SGFY (w/ Mike and hal9000 of Neutralboy) at 9:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Winterland, 1220 Sylvan Way in Bremerton. 21+, $8 cover. Tickets available at (360) 479-5686. Info:

When he last came through town, almost a year ago with his band Drag the River, Jon Snodgrass made himself at home at Winterland. By the end of the night, he was behind the bar, helping tend and making friends.

It was one of a few places in the country where that’s actually been accepted, he jested. And it was such a place, that when he was planning a worldwide solo tour with Joey Cape, lead singer of the seminal band Lagwagon, he wanted to come back to Bremerton.

In fact, they’ll be kicking off the whole four-month acoustic tour from the West Coast to Schweinfurt, Germany, next Thursday at Winterland.

“Joey wanted to go to Seattle and Portland so I wanted to come back to Bremerton,” Snodgrass said. “And he’s like ‘I don’t know if I’ve even ever been to Bremerton,’ and I said just trust me, we’re going to go to Bremerton and we’re going to have a good time and that’s all there is to it.”

Plus, he added that he’s been hankering for the morning-after breakfast at Hi-Lo’s 15th Street Cafe.

Check back for a full story next week and pre-order tickets through Winterland.


See a full calendar of Kitsap shows at

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