It's been a while since I've featured any artists from the Pacific Northwest states so today is a really nice shoegazey sounding band from Portland, Oregon. I read a few different bios on The High Violets and each one had a different year for the formation of the band so I'll just be safe and say somewhere around 2000 (give or take a year). One thing the reviews and bios did have in common is their praise for the band's shoegaze interpretation as well as the beautiful vocals of Kaitlyn ni Donovan.
After visiting their MySpace page and listening to more of the music, I'll have to agree wholeheartedly with both. The latest full length album was released at the end of January 2006 and is available on the band's label Reverb Records. There are some other great artists to check out there also when you visit. Both the label and The High Violets website have available music for listening, as well as band news.
One thing I neglected to mention is that Kaitlyn ni Donovan has been around the Portland music scene for quite some time and has her own solo material through Hush Records also. Her debut release Songs For Three Days is one I'll definitely need to check out.
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