To Helen a Handbasket
Three guitars. Bass. Drums. Keyboards to taste. All charging behind one of Seattle's great rock singer/songwriters. Ladies and Gentlemen: The Plaintiffs. Now gigging ahead of the September release of their debut CD on RockBoss International, the Plaintiffs build on the experience and loyal fans of Joe Kline's 20 years leading Seattle bands and backing the likes of Roy Loney. A mix of seasoned performers and a fresh face (new songwriting partner and Plaintiffs bassist Frank Trevino), the Plaintiffs deliver the goods: great songs, hot guitars, and a steady beat. Audible influences range from the Stones and Ramones to Muddy Waters and on to the Chili Peppers, sometimes in the same song, but the resulting jolt remains 100% original. Kline's trademarked whimsy pops in on occasion, but for the most part has moved to the background or transformed itself into a biting surrealism. Live, a Plaintiffs show breaks down any notion of age-segregation in the music scene. Fans from Kline's 80s Prudence Dredge and Cropduster days knock 'em back alongside the latest crop of tattooed hipsters. In addition to Trevino on bass, The Plaintiffs bring together Rupert Kettle (The Casuals, Disney Gillespie) on guitar and e-lec-tri-fied lap steel, drummer James Cookman (Crawdaddys), and Richard Mockler (Saltine Falcons, Strike Three) on guitar and keys. Kline's guitar and voice lead the charge, and the cavalry roars in behind. What more is there to say?