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Past Lives is a Seattle-based group consisting of former members of The Blood Brothers, with ex-Shoplifting guitarist Morgan Henderson filling out the lineup. With solid if unassuming Seattle producer extraordinaire Steve Fisk behind the board for the band’s debut album, Tapestry of Webs is a bright mix of sounds and styles that veers from the slow, reflective pace of “Paralyzer” into the quirky house-shake of “Falling Spikes” where singer Jordan Billie tweaks his delivery to sound like Pere Ubu’s David Thomas undergoing an anxiety attack. The group’s crafty arrangements include backing vocals that emulate a twisted choir and instrumental pieces that threaten to detonate into chaos (“Past Lives”). “Deep in the Valley” hushes the ensemble to a quivering whisper with a gentle angelic touch to hide the real fury. “Hex Takes Hold” dives back into the hysteria, while “Vanishing Twin” evokes the tuneful Goth march of the 1980s. “Hospital White” sports a ‘70s-80s Brit Pop kick.

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The ex-Blood Brothers grow up!!!

Well first off, I've always been a HUGE Blood Brothers fan since their early days. I've really enjoyed the vocal talents of Jordan Blilie (vocalist, Past Lives), his screaming on the Blood Brothers' albums has got be the best I have ever heard. He can slow down though, too. His croonish-soulful side comes out strong in Tapestry of Webs. Though mostly from the Blood Brothers, Past Lives seems to have reincarnated into something very insightful, smooth and smart. Jordan, his vocals, their drummer Mark, and their bassist Morgan have formed a new band with some old friends. They do what they do best, odd, beautiful, often kicking with a strange kind of abrasion, they truly shine on this album. The eerie sounds and topics on this album got me deep-thinking unlike most alternative nowadays. There is just something about this band, they are different. They've completely formulated their own sound, my ear has become tuned to it, and I love it. Seriously, best of luck to Past Lives, you guys rock.


i was surprised to hear the shift in the sound between this and strange symmetry, i feel like this album is a balance between a super-low-fi live sounding recording and atmospherics (heavy reverb). i'd say there are only two songs that i still "don't get", which would be 'don't let the ashes fill your eyes' and 'there is a light so bright it blinds', but i'll give them time to grow. so far 'k hole' will probably make old blood brothers fans' first rounds, 'falling spikes', 'past lives' and 'aerosol bouquet' have the makings of brilliance with amazing textures (especially the horns on falling spikes!). great job, wonderful new album with some really interesting different directions on chord progressions.


There are familiar sounds here and there, but for the most part Tapestry is very much a departure from the old Blood Brothers. Slightly haunting and ambient at times, it is an album that begs you to light a candle and listen to it alone, but is also energetic enough to be blasted in the car with your friends. Highly recommended.


Formed: Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

When the Blood Brothers disbanded in 2007, Johnny Whitney and Cody Votolato moved to Portland, OR and formed Jaguar Love with members of Pretty Girls Make Graves, while the rest of the band -- vocalist Jordan Blilie, drummer Mark Gajadhar, and keyboardist/baritone guitarist Morgan Henderson -- stayed in Seattle and teamed up with former Shoplifting guitarist Devin Welch (who had also been in an early Blood Brothers lineup) and became Past Lives. The band entered the studio in late 2007, working with...
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