Wartime Blues hail from Missoula, Montana, a good five hour drive from a small(er) town named Big Sandy. Son of the mayor, that's where Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament grew up, where he learned to play bass and shoot J's, skills that he'd later take with him to school in Missoula. But as the story goes, Ament would eventually move on to a then embryonic Seattle scene in the mid-80s to focus on the former, becoming an eventual founding member of grunge blueprinters Green River and then Peej. Wartime Blues have little in common with those bands sonically or conceptually, though that's not what makes them special: rather than take off for the coast like Ament did, they've taken to churning out their own brand of sepia-toned indie rock at home in Montana. Eight deep, they're a new roots hybrid, sewing together the jittery licks of Wolf Parade with American sounds as heard once by the dudes in DeYarmond Edison. Check out "Youth" below, five minutes that just as breathtaking as the surroundings from whence they came.
Wartime Blues, Youth