Tuesday, July 25, 2017 This Week's Paper

Make a Scene: The Missionary Position

// “Diamonds in a Dead Sea”

The Missionary Position has been on a roll since the release of their debut album “Diamonds In The Dead Sea.”

After loosely forming after former Post Stardom Depression frontman Jeff Angell connected with bassist Benjamin Anderson, a weekly gig turned into a cult following, which turned into a full-length album feeding into their now relentless national touring.

A second, unnamed album is currently in the works, but a release date has yet to be announced. But if the moody, moving and poetic first release is any indication of what is to come, it should continue to keep The Missionary Position at the top of their game.

After a recent return from South By Southwest, and almost non-stop touring throughout the month of March, Missionary Position is slowing down a just little bit – but Puget Sound audiences still have several chances to see them soon.

“Diamonds In The Dead Sea” opens on a bittersweet note with the slow, heartfelt ballad of regrets in past loves with “All My Mistakes”
Angell’s soulful, deep vocals, poetic lyrics and toned down musicianship showcases the bands raw power in their ability to create a timeless, understated blues classic.
Quickly switching gears from the slow, easy, emotional flow of “All My Mistakes,” track two shocks the listener into the band’s keen ability to rock with the raucous “Let’s Start A Fire,” an unapologetic musical feast infused with a mature angst, passion and urgency.
As a debut record, “Diamonds in the Dead Sea” gives new fans a taste of the band’s versatility, as it is at once pared down, and intense, and its moody ambience creates a long-running listen despite it having only nine songs. The Missionary Position’s second go at recording should not disappoint.

Check out The Missionary Position live, hear their past favorites and get a taste of what is to come April 30 at the Peabody Waldorf, and May 14 and July 16 at Doyle’s Irish Pub in Tacoma. For a complete list of upcoming shows in the South Sound, visit