Slashed Tires

"experimental pop music"

"boutique funk"







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Slashed Tires
c/o Off Tempo
608 NW 65th St.
Seattle, WA 98117

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Credit: Clyde Petersen Credit: Clyde Petersen Credit: Clyde Petersen Credit: Clyde Petersen

Live Dates


Past Events

2019

  • 09/03 - @ Tyrel's Vashon Island House w/ Aoi Swimming, Your Heart Breaks
  • 09/01 - @ Woodland Theater w/ Aoi Swimming, Your Heart Breaks

2018

  • 11/09 - @ Woodland Theater w/ PETS, Baby Jessica
  • 09/30 - @ Woodland Theater w/ Wizard Apprentice, Julius Smack, Slashed Tires, Da Queen
  • 09/09 - @ Gainsbourg w/ Sheridan Riley, Your Heart Breaks
  • 08/13 - @ Chop Suey w/ Aish, Hanssen
  • 08/02 - @ Woodland Theater (as ambient music) w/ Wizard Apprentice / Myra Maines / Krazyl
  • 07/15 - @ The Bash festival with Hoop, somesurprises, DoNormaal, Fabulous Downey Brothers, Hoop, Pleasures, Versing, etc.
  • 05/17 - @ Woodland Theater w/ Karl Blau, Adrian Teacher and the Subs, Dogbreth

2017

  • 12/31 - New Years Eve at the Woodland Theater with iji, Your Heart Breaks, Flying Fish Cove, Amity Whorl, LAKE
  • 09/21 - @ Vera Project w/ Juiceboxxx
  • 08/03 - @ Martyr Sauce w/ RVIVR, Your Heart Breaks, Guayaba, doNormaal
  • 07/19 - @ Woodland Theater w/ Wizard Apprentice, Wolf Rivas

2016

  • 12/11 - Bellingham @ Make.Shift*
  • 12/10 - Portland @ Waypost*
  • 12/09 - Olympia @ Obsidian*
  • 12/08 - Seattle @ The Vera Project*
  • 06/19 - @ The Future w/ Lilac, Dozer, Tisper
  • 05/26 – Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge+
  • 05/25 – Tri-Cities, WA @ House Show+
  • 05/22 – Denver, CO @ Club Scum +
  • 05/21 – Kansas City, MO @ Blind Tiger+
  • 05/19 – Milwaukee, WI @ High Dive+
  • 05/18 – Chicago, IL @ House of Usher+
  • 05/16 – Columbus, OH @ Kafe Kerouac+
  • 05/13 – NYC @ Julie Byrne's House+
  • 05/09 – NYC @ Silent Barn+
  • 05/05 – Lancaster @ Single File+
  • 05/04 – Chicago @ Iggle Video+
  • 05/03 – Minneapolis @ Licorice Beach+
  • 05/02 – Bozeman @ Whistle Pig+
  • 05/01 – Missoula @ Camp Daze HQ+
  • 04/23 - @ Werewolf Vacation - Neighbors final show
  • 03/17 - @ Vera Project w/ Hoop, PETS

+“Goodbye José” tour

*Mini PNW tour with regularfantasy, backed by Heatwarmer

2015

  • 12/13 - @ Vera Project w/ Your Heart Breaks, Mandarine Dynasty, hedgehag
  • 10/30 - @ 3rd Annual Werewolf Vacation Halloween Fest
  • 09/25 - @ Café Racer w/ Slim Twig
  • 08/07 - @ Werewolf Vacation w/ The Rice Crackers, Of, Churn
  • 05/02 - @ Monkey Pub w/ Your Heart Breaks, iji

RICHARD ALBUM AND SLASHED TIRES EASTERLY VISIT (tour)

  • 04/13 – Chicago, IL @ Cafe Mustache w/ Deadbeat, Dear Companion
  • 04/11 – Pittsburgh @ Hairy Debbie’s House of Tacos w/ Bad Braids, Ouais, Secret Paper Moon, and Coyotes by the way
  • 04/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Aviv
  • 04/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ A House Named Virtue
  • 04/08 – Boston, MA @ [house show]
  • 04/07 – Montreal, QC @ Brasserie Beaubien
  • 04/05 – Buffalo, NY @ Ukrainian Hall
  • 04/04 – Toronto, ON @ Johnny Jackson w/ Billy Moon, Luke Bill, the Fern Tips
  • 04/03 – Detroit, MI @ [house show] w/ Coyote Cleanup, Sophie Tulip, Deadbeat

2014

  • 08/31 @ Bumbershoot, Boating With Clyde exhibit w/ Bootsy Collins
  • 08/15,16,17 @ Helsing Junction w/ PETS, The Hive Dwellers, Tender Forever, Naomi Punk, Angelo Spencer, +really you’re too much stop it
  • 08/11 @ Aron’s Place in Ballard w/ Richard Album // Dozer // Pleasures
  • 07/26 @ Late Washington Arboretum, Henry Art Gallery/Boating With Clyde, “Friendship Trail” w/ iji // Sue Ann Harkey // Lori Goldston // Younger Shoulder & Mallory Wadje // Craig Salt Peters // Low Hums // Scarves // Ruler // Heatwarmer // Holodeck Heart // Amber & Garrett
  • 07/21 @ Hollow Earth Radio w/ L.A. Takedown, Nicholas Krgovich, Lori Goldston
  • 07/18,19,20 @ Unknown Music Series w/ Mecca Normal // L.A. Takedown // Ô Paon // +way more
  • 07/12 @ Noise show at Gallery 1412 w/ Black Metal Alaska // Blankets // Nervous Operator // Geological Creep
  • 05/24 @ Heartland, “End of Days” fest (final event)
  • 05/17 @ a house in Bellingham w/ Fantard Magus // Freaky Pup // Saltwater Sound
  • 04/20 @ Nick Thatcher’s house w/ Comme Si Comme Ca // Rubix Shoes // Desert Relay Fever Dream
  • 01/25 @ Bellingham Alt. Lib. (1417 Railroad Ave), WA w/ Freaky Pup // Spring (B.C.) // Mama Doll // Fairweather Family

2013

  • 11/14 @ Somewhere in Bellingham, WA w/ Big Oil // Alex Wolf
  • 11/09 @ Heartland w/ Tender Forever // Everybody Weekend // Half Breed // Wynne Greenwood
  • 10/10 @ Heartland w/ Heatwarmer // Ursula // definitely Master Erin Tanner
  • 09/01 @ BUMMERSHOOT Fremont/Aurora Bridge w/ Whitney Ballen
  • 08/24 @ Heartland w/ Lié // personal power
  • 07/05 @ Heartland w/ PETS // Japanese Guy
  • 06/02 @ Hollow Earth Radio (SEATTLE) w/ Briana Marela // iji // Freaky Pup // Eleanor Murray // Real Live Tigers // Dustin and the Furniture // Super Famicom
  • 06/01 @ The Peach (BELLINGHAM) w/ Karl Blau // Freaky Pup // Eleanor Murray // Real Live Tigers
  • 05/31 @ Hot Tub House (OLYMPIA) w/ Garrett Oliver // Real Live Tigers // Super Famicom // Dustin and the Furniture // Freaky Pup // Eleanor Murray //
  • 05/26 @ Chop Suey w/ Angelo Spencer et les Hauts Sommets // Abductee // Schwervon! (NYC)
  • 05/19 @ Leather Lounge (a house) w/ Swamp Meat // Mitts // Joey Molinaro (NYC)
  • 05/06 @ Vera Project w/ Jad Fair // Kimya Dawson // iji // Your Heart Breaks
  • 04/21 @ Another Dream w/ Thick Paint // Bubbly Mommy Gum // Neighbors // Dream Scene // Lucarne
  • 01/05 @ Another Dream Fest w/ a million bands

2012

  • ???

2011

  • 06/01 - Slashed Tires Sound System with Secret Colors, Jordan Knecht (Amherst, MA), at the Funny Button (U-district) in Seattle
  • 05/28 - Slashed Tires with Neighbors, Weed (Vancouver, BC) at Cairo (Summit Ave. & Mercer St.) in Seattle
  • 05/21 - Slashed Tires Sound System with Bad Fate (Vancouver, BC), Sundance Kids, Chung Antique at Le Voyer in downtown Olympia
  • 04/21 - Slashed Tires, Davis Hooker, Cloud
  • bustrr, TADA, hjemmelavede, OK Vancouver OK at the Funny Button
  • 04/02 - Slashed Tires, Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, autococoon at New Crompton
  • 01/21 - Slashed Tires / Battle Stations (sea) / Seed (oly) / Margy Pepper (oly) / Allan Boothe (tac) at the Personal Power Company (thanks to spaceworks tacoma)
  • 01/04 - Slashed Tires / personal power / Ghost Mom (pdx) / MKNG FRNDZ (nyc) at the Josephine

2010

  • 11/28 - private show with housemates and friends for Pet Seminary’s (4531 5th Ave NE) “Last Show Ever / Anti-Christening Party”
  • 11/27 - with Diamond Rings, Quixote Radio at The Vera Project
  • 11/26 - with David Michael Frank and Generifus at New Crompton (4711 12th ave NE)
  • 11/10 - Santa Cruz - The Crystal Palace with James Rabbit
  • 11/09 - Santa Barbara - Biko Garage with Daniel Francis Doyle, (performed in place of Circle pit because their van broke down in San-Diego)
  • 11/08 - Santa Barbara - The Pink Mailbox (6668 B Pasado Rd) with Typical Hotties
  • 11/06 - Davis, CA - Robot Residence (633 M St.)
  • 11/05 - Tacoma - New Frontier Lounge with Makeup Monsters (their record release show)
  • 11/04 - Olympia - Your Mom’s House (1512 Bowman St) with Hooded, Young Cousin
  • 10/08 - Slashed Tires Sound System with Green Belt, My Printer Broke at Full Tilt Ice Cream (seattle)
  • 09/11 - Slashed Tires doing “projections” as part of Brain Fruit at Cairo (seattle)
  • 09/10 - with Justin Clifford Rhody at Hollow Earth Radio
  • 08/29 - Slashed Tires as part of Carousel Fest 2010 at Cairo (seattle)
  • 08/16 - with Huge Cookies / Seed / Girls of Mars / Takhoma / Fall of Electricity at Gramma’s House (olympia)
  • 07/24 - Slashed Tires Sound System/ The Very Most / Spondee at Full Tilt Ice Cream (west seattle)
  • 07/21 - with Helen Keller / Sexbots / Dream Wagon at Pet Seminary(4531 5th ave NE, seattle)
  • 07/05 - Slashed (acoustic(?)) / Mega Bog / Mammary / Sundance Kids / Cumulus / Greg Mullen / iji / Lindsay Clark at Golden Gardens (a beach/park in ballard of seattle)
  • 04/10 - with, Mega Bog at University of Washington, Lander-Terry dorm building (seattle)
  • 03/16 - with, Motorcycle Maus, Snowman Plan, TBA at The Hoot House (seattle)
  • 03/14 - via internet phone on Hollow Earth Radio

Bio:

Have you ever gone out and asked yourself, “What am I doing here?”

What about “Am I dancing because it’s what someone wants me to do, or because I want to dance?” or “Am I trapped in a trying, crappy limbo in which I fail to connect with other people? Is this where I truly want to be?”

Don’t Party, the debut album from Slashed Tires, is the sound of these questions being asked and dissected in real-time. It is a collection of twelve songs exploring one’s inner monologue, the ups and downs of friendships, and the unfulfilled promise of a night out.

Using deconstructed funk, pounding drum machines, and New Wave and No Wave horns alike, Kenneth M. Piekarski dives deep into the unease and anxiety of social interactions, community drama, and paranoia. Inspired by iconoclasts like Arthur Russell, Sade, and Prince, Kenneth has turned the party soundtrack inside-out to capture the moods and feelings bubbling underneath any given party – anticipation, elation, and the inevitable, bleary-eyed cleanup, whether it’s you or the sun that’s just coming up.

It wasn’t easy to get here. As Kenneth discovered the American underground, made friends in touring bands, and became part of music communities across Washington state, they created Slashed Tires as an outlet for these songs, both solo and with a number of ensembles and backing bands. Built on guitar, trombone, and programmed percussion, their sets had the power to quickly convey their singular voice, and took shape over several years in show spaces all over the United States.

In fact, Kenneth crafted the first version of Don't Party at The Unknown, a deconsecrated church in Anacortes, in 2011. However, after returning home to Seattle after the studio sessions, close friends said the record sounded unfinished. Over the next several years, they kept thinking about how to complete the work, but throwing parties for friends and hosting bands from all over the world at their own show space, Heartland, temporarily brought work on the record to a halt.

In the years to come, Kenneth left Seattle, then returned to build and renovate Weird Signals, their recording studio. As they removed the smell of a thousand stale cigarettes smoked indoors during punk shows in what is now its live room, they also reworked, rebuilt, and rethought these songs, turning them into a document of personal growth and new memories.

A collection of extraordinary players - Keyboardist Aaron Otheim, bassist Luke Bergman, and vocalists Lolli Morlock, Katie Jacobson, and Caitlin Roberts - expanded the songs’ worldview and perspective, turning innermost thoughts into a conversation and transforming Don’t Party into something truly rare: a danceable record about the discomfort of dancing alone in a city where no one dances.

With a new layer of fidelity, harder-hitting instrumentation, and other voices to pull Kenneth out of their figurative and into their literal funk, they’re ready to share the definitive version of their musical world.

This is clear from the moment Kenneth’s trombone announces itself on album opener “Problems,” a song about the things that haven’t been working and all the things that get in the way of making music. On “Detonator,” they sing of how no one cares if you don’t go out.

Across the ensuing suite of grooves and synth workouts, they find themselves struggling to navigate confounding situations. When Kenneth says “I can be really self-deprecating,” they’re not lying. On “Maybe,” a field recording gives way to a dialogue about the fact that none of us are owed anything, and on “Prospective Decline,” they try to make sense of flirting with someone – and how easy it is to get wrapped up in expectations and social cues as the world continues to move around them.

On the title track, Kenneth examines the dreaded feeling of not being friends with someone anymore and having to inevitably see them in social situations. “Can we talk it out?” they ask. “Can we speak clearly?” The answer isn’t always yes, but Kenneth has found a new – and utterly unique – way to move forward, alone and together.

-Andrew Hall