Tonight: Katherine Hepburn’s Voice @ the Josephine

khvKatherine Hepburn’s Voice are a band that plays quirky and infectious pop songs that are ambitious and lackadaisical all at once.

The stripped-down trio is comprised of Shannon Perry (keyboards/vocals), D.W. Burnam (drums/vocals) and Eli Chukovich (bass).

The group just self-released “Stand Up,” an eclectic mix of lo-fi pop that is at times goofy (“Shake It”) and others somber and serious (“Meaning of Your Face”).

The album packs 17 diverse songs in a quick 30 minutes. Among the highlights are “Elevator,” in which Perry playfully sings “I wish I were an elevator, bring you home and see you later.” In “Stupid Stimulants” Perry lists and bemoans her vices all at once: “Cigarettes. Alcohol. Marijuana, but that’s all.”

As a songwriter Perry is lyrically clever and vocally restrained. Listening to these 17 songs I get the impression she has a much more commanding voice, but is holding back for the sake of subtly–which she does to great effect.

KHV celebrated the release of “Stand Up” with a show at the Sunset Tavern on March 20 with Partman Parthorse. Both bands are prepring for a run of shows down the west coast in April.

KHV will play an all-ages show with the Drug Purse at 8 p.m. on March 26 at the Josephine, 608 N.W. 65th St. N, in Ballard, $5-8.

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