Amanda Winterhalter created Fatality Records and asked other Seattle musicians to join her in writing songs inspired by death in the Pacific Northwest. Some of the songs are inspired by historical accounts and natural disasters curated by Winterhalter and freelance writer Jonathan Shipley, and some are inspired by the artists' personal experiences.
With the exception of Bridges (Old Coast) and Hell of a Thing (Reggie Garrett), all songs were recorded and mixed by Daniel Guenther and mastered by Moe Provencher at Jack Straw Cultural Center thanks to a Jack Straw Artist Support Grant.
What follows is Volume 1: a beautiful testament to loss, mystery, pain, confusion, love, and resurrection in the Pacific Northwest.
The Ballad of Ol’ Ebey’s Scalp
Debbie Miller sings an intimate ballad inspired by the scalping of Whidbey Island colonizer, Isaac Ebey.
Lo-Liner takes an incisive look into the armchair commentary surrounding the story of James Kim.
Back On Earth
Arthur James telescopes beyond earth’s atmosphere for a perspective on life after death.
Old Coast pulls on a contemporary lifeline in Seattle, WA.
Leslie Braly’s voice and lyricism float along with the ghosts of the SS Valencia.
Joy Mills’ and Tom Parker’s harmonies bend around the tight corners of Highway 101 and Lake Crescent as they sing about The Lady of the Lake.
This Is It
Amanda Winterhalter channels the reawakened Mount Saint Helens and its 1980 eruption.
Shovel and Plow
Nick Droz lines out the harried labor and fight to find life after the Wellington Avalanche of 1906 that buried a train on its way to Leavenworth, WA.
Annie Ford weaves pictures from folklore and news headlines into a memorial song for Oso, WA.