Song 89 Upbeat acoustic Indie Pop
Settle into Gray Mid tempo retro rock
Lunch Time - Tin Foil Robots Upbeat Acoutic Indie Pop
Ben Folds, Wilco, They Might Be Giants, Schoolhouse Rock
Formed in Seattle in 2004, Central Services is comprised of Kevin Emerson on vocals and (stand up) drums, Jeff Blancato on lead guitar and Eric Goetz on keyboards. After releasing an EP and LP in 2005-2006, the band created their kids’ music alter ego, The Board of Education, releasing an LP in late 2008. They are joined by guitarist Jon Goff, and internationally-touring singer-songwriter Andrea Wittgens.
Central Services has received acclaim around Seattle for their “boundary breaking” sound (Three Imaginary Girls AstroPop, Sept ’06). The band has been praised for their acoustic singer-songwriter side, their indie-pop influence, and their retro rock sound. While alternative rock radio station 107.7 The End consistently played the band’s edgier songs, stations like 103.7 The Mountain in Seattle, or Music For Listeners in San Antonio, emphasized the band’s acoustic side. CMJ’s station of the year, KEXP 90.3, in Seattle, championed the band’s melodic indie-pop songs, while also giving airplay to 7 of the 10 tracks on their 2006 release. The LP charted nationally on the CMJ charts for two months, was featured on NPR’s Open Mic at All Songs Considered, and led to the band’s first invitation to Bumbershoot in 2007.
In 2007, Emerson, a former elementary school science teacher turned children’s novelist, toyed around with a few songs written for kids and showed them to the band. With song topics like a lonely tomato, the dangers of commas and the wonders of tin foil, it was immediately obvious how fun it would be to make a unique kids record that harkened back to childhood favorites like Schoolhouse Rock. 2008’s *Central Services Presents… The Board of Education* has received critical acclaim in every major Seattle press outlet, on kids’ music blogs around the country, appeared in a segment with Melissa Block on All Things Considered, and earned the band a second appearance at Bumbershoot in 2009. The band is currently gearing up for a second Central Services record, while working to bring the Board of Education to a national audience.