Saturday may not have been the strongest lineup, but it was awfully photogenic.
Slaves was a pure musical highlight for me; British punk rock from two individuals that believe in the songs and enjoy what they do. More on that after the break. JR JR was the surprise set of the day, far more fun than I imagined it would be, shiny things. Saint Motel has left the ATH behind, now a solid fest headliner after we spring-boarded the band with a Stubb’s Inside booking, sarcasm. Andra Day is terribly talented, but not my jam. LL Cool J was the throwback performance we deserved. The Naked and Famous used black and white outfits and high energy from the crowd to fill a memory card. #jumpshot Blue Healer won the day for the locals, strong set getting the crowd to stop and listen. Two Door Cinema Club put down the best festival set, admitting the crowd, in spite of how favorably they responded to the new songs, wanted bangers. Finally, I finished with a little Connor Oberst before heading out.
Read on past the break and then look at the pretty pictures.
We’vebeen watching out for anything new that Australia’s Foreign/Nationalhas been putting out now for a few years, so I’m stoked to share that the band is getting ready to release their debut full-length in the near future and they’ve given us a track to jam to in the meantime. “Too Sentimental,” is a golden tune–very detailed musically, but also a perfect pop song that you can listen to over and over again. I’m digging the twee sounds that open the song and the way the vocals simmer low in the mix along with the percussion, but then move to the spotlight for the chorus. It’s a great song and you should take a listen below and then jump on the Foreign/National train before it leaves the station.
It’s easy to get carried away with all the modern fads and whatnot, but, for me, more often than not it’s the tried and true brands of rock n’ roll that always appeal to me. This brand new track from Hellrazor had me the minute the guitars offered up their distorted pop crunch, with vocals joining in to fill in the required hooks. I kind of just want to turn the track up and walk around the halls here at work…maybe that’ll work for you. If not, you’ll have to wait until November 4th to get your hands on the band’s new record, Satan Smile, courtesy of New Professor Music.
Chris Bierden spends a great deal of his time with Polica, but don’t think that Invisible Boy will resemble that outfit too much; it’s clear with this single that he’s got another itch to scratch. Listening through, this sounds like a grander aim, something akin to a lounging version of Bowie. I love the fact that the central figure, aside from the vocals is the piano work…that always gets me for some reason. It almost sounds like Chris is channeling the world of Destroyer as well, crafting a huge operatic pop figure. Look for his debut album on November 11th via Totally Gross National Product.
There’s something about the guitar and stomping percussion of Mark Sultan that’s always appealed to me. He, along with his friend King Khan, always manage to blend those old school R&B sounds and give them a little hint of punk and grit…that’s exactly what you’re going to get here. At times, he might settle a bit too much with the chorus, but I’m still stuck playing this song on repeat. I think that’s due to the great little croon he tosses in, such as the moment before the 2 minute mark; it’s a great moment of performance. His new record, BBQ, is coming via In the Red Records on November 25th.
I’m always striving to bring you the tunes that would likely fit anywhere on the net, yet somehow they get overlooked, like those tunes of Blue-Eyed Son. It’s the project of Andrew Helprin, crafting these beautiful little folk tunes; they’re understated, yet their simplicity also makes them forever endearing. Helprin is in the midst of releasing a track a month for the duration of the year, and this one was recorded with Scott McPherson (Elliott Smith), so he clearly is making a name for himself. I expect all the songs he’s working on will be released at some point with a full-length, but now, let’s settle into this song and await fall’s arrival.
Are you ready to reminisce?
Let’s kick off more photos from the front for Austin City Limits on Weekend Two. Friday was the day. Let’s name drop – Radiohead, Die Antwoord, M83, Foals and more. A whole day of headliners for me and I was super excited. I had one “break” where I decided to get photos of Banks and Steelz to fill in the gap. Oofah. Do I have a story.
How about you read past the break? I had to suffer for my art. Heh.
#pukeandrally #radiohead #cantstopmenow
You know I love a good bit of casual indiepop, which is precisely what Redspencer has been offering us since they announced their latest album. If you’re basing your expectations on the new single, then you can expect relaxing guitar chords with just enough sharpness to near a jangle. The tones are bright enough throughout to match the album’s art work, and the backing vocals definitely provide an added texture of warmth. Perks is high on my list for year ending releases, so please don’t avoid the great pop music these guys keep putting out; their album hits on November 18th via Deaf Ambitions.
I cringe at the word pop punk,so I wanted to stay away from that with the latest single from Girl Tears, though I think there are definitely poppies elements hanging about in this single. That said, it’s a furious tune, hitting you with pummeling drums right from the start; it sort of reminds me of the hook laden punk that Terry Malts bring to the table. As quickly as the song bursts into play, it wraps up and is over…that might be the song’s only detracting quality. You will have more tunes to enjoy soon, however, as the group releases Woke Against the Tide on October 28th via Sinderlyn.
While it’s still pretty damn hot here in Austin, Fall in general leads me down folkier paths of listening. Mat Hunsley, a singer/songwriter out of Newcastle, has got a good folk track in “Fires,” which you can listen to below. Hunsley’s vocals are rich as he spins rhymes atop the gentle strumming of acoustic guitar. This dynamic really holds your attention from the beginning as the song builds upon itself to a strong chorus-like ending with layers of vocals that wants you to sing along.
You can pre-order his upcoming EP,To Being Free, here.