Every one should be listening to Swim Team, especially as the group have a new LP on the way in less than a month. We’ve previously covered “Are You Into Me,” but now the band have leaked two new tracks from their forthcoming Home Time. The first of these, “Everyday Things” has this bubbling post-punk-ishness, though it’s spun around the band’s slight connections to indiepop…you know, harmonies and pop sensibility. “New Year” is a little bit different, offering up an almost dreamy beach vibe to it; there exists this softness that sucks you under like strong tides in the ocean…though there’s some twinkling guitar lines too that definitely rule. I’m pretty stoked on this band at the moment; you should be too; they drop Home Time July 12th via Hysterical Records.
There’s something really special in the songwriting of Swim Team; there’s this ability to adhere to all the flourishes of indiepop, yet at the same time, sound wholly Australian. There’s a sweetness in the first half of “Are You Into Me,” that eventually subsides as the track pushes further forward, taking a turn just around 1.5 minute mark. The lyrical content here ties right into the title, but it feels even more personal for some reason. This is just a light-hearted way to start your day I reckon, so keep an eye out for Home Time on July 12th via Hysterical Records.
The folks over at Infinity Cat Recordingsare doing a cassette series, releasing albums on limited runs of cassette tapes and the newest edition to this series is Swim Team. This band hails out of Cincinnati, but they’ve got enough edge and grit to really make you think otherwise. This new single, “Dirty Work,” is thrash pop at its finest, but the band doesn’t just stop at that. Sure they’ve got the punk vocals, grit-covered guitar riffs and intense lyrics, but they also switch up the lead in the vocals in the middle for a section, making their sound somehow more dramatic. Make sure you acquaint yourself with these guys and pick up one of those very limited lime green cassetteson March 4th.
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Austin’s got a great garage/punk scene, a solid Americana/folk scene, but it has always lacked a really great indiepop scene, despite having tons of great acts that’ve followed the genre. Hopefully Swim Team will find some success, and things will start to change. They’re creating these beautiful little pieces of dreamy pop that allow listeners to wander wistfully through their own minds. They just released their self-titled EP, and I think that it’s one of the hidden gems of the city, so I opted to push it out there for people. You can currently grab it for free, so be prepared to enjoy three great tunes.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/swim_team-Swim-Team-EP-03-Spectre.mp3]
Download: Swim Team – Spectre [MP3]
So what genre exactly is The Go! Team? Pop, hip-hop, garage rock, alternative dance, or a list of various others? The answer to these questions is all of the above, as The Go! Team dabbles between many different genres, if not plain and simply their own unique combination of sounds. To me, this distinct variety that makes up this group is refreshing while swimming through a sea of simple pop albums. However, at times the group can sound a tad bit too hyper, and the variety can become a little lost on the ears of previous listeners.
This facilitating sound is apparent from the first song to the fourth. On the first track, “T.O.R.N.A.D.O,” those letters are spelled out from the very beginning, with what sounds like a full band of horns, akin to something you would hear perhaps as a pep rally. As you suppress the urge to yell “go tornadoes!” the song ends and transitions to “Secretary Song,” which begins with some chanting like that of the first, but then moves to more of a pop sound, with subtle string work and tinkling sounds of percussion. At this point, it seems like The Go! Team might only have two tricks up their sleeve, but then they keep adding more to their repertoire.
On “Apollo Throwdown,” a flat out dance groove is thrown down. Gone are the pep-rally and pop sounds, and here are electronic beeps and almost rap (well rap to a white girl like me). If you can make it through this one without tapping your feet, then congrats, you’re a hard ass! This song is a free-flowing all out party-ready groove, encompassing the crazy energy this group has. Following this outburst of energy and dance tunes comes a complete turn in the form of “Ready to Go Steady,” which takes a sort of 70’s sound based off the slightly echoed drums. It’s hard to believe that these two songs back to back are even the same group, as they sound drastically different
If you are a long time fan of this band, then you know that this in not music for just any old day, but music for days that need a boost of explosive energy that The Go! Team offers. A certain mood is required for this group, and Rolling Blackouts is a sure testament to this. At the same time, if you have been a long time fan of this band, then nothing is that new for you in respect to their sound; it’s the same energy, and not a lot of new aspects that keep old timers’ attentions. As hard as this may be to believe, The Go! Team has lost the freshness that they once had. Granted, Rolling Blackouts is nothing to turn your nose up at, but it’s not something to stop everything for.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/thegoteamvoiceyrchoice.mp3]
Download: The Go! Team – Voice Yr Choice [MP3]
A few years ago, Christelle Bofale seeming came out of nowhere and dropped this brilliant Swim Team EP in the middle of Austin that had me floored. She released her single “Miles” a bit ago, and we were more than happy to cover it then, but why not encourage you to enjoy the visual representation of the song. I love the solemnity of the solo scenes in the clip versus the joyousness of the group shots, perhaps a nod to the thematic element that our friends/communities give us life. Just felt like you should listen to this song as many times as possible, so here we are. And, if you haven’t heard Swim Team, now is as good a time as any to enjoy it…available from Father Daughter Records.
Last year’s Swim Team EP put everyone on notice, in Austin and beyond, of the powerful force that is Christelle Bofale. She’s got this incredible voice, slightly smoky and able to stretch to the highest pitches effortlessly. This tune opens up steadily, with Bofale offering up her voice atop measured guitar notes; there’s a gentle change in the winds just at the 1:11 mark that really illustrates what a gifted songwriter Bofale is. Those winds blow further with this incredible vocal breakdown over muted guitars in the song’s last minute; you’re going to want to be sure that you stick around until the end. She’ll be performing at SXSW, so if you’re here, go ahead and pencil in a performance or two.
Clearly, based on the name of our site, we’re always down to represent Austin, and while I feel like releases were down in the city this year, there was tons of great stuff to be devoured. Rather than rank and file our friends; we’re just here to uplift the scene, and maybe remind you of some Texas music that might have (it shouldn’t!) slipped under your radar. Black Pumas got the deserved love, but there’s tons bubbling beneath the surface. I mostly broke it into labels, as they’re the heart and soul of this city. Comes with a fancy playlist.
There’s just always so much going on, I felt like I should throw in a small write-up of some things I’ve been jamming here recently. Word on the street is that the Daphne Tunes and Xetas LPs are done, Abram Shook has a new LP on the way..we here at ATH Records also have somethings in the works. And, other people just keep pumping out hits. So hit the jump to check in on Austin with me.
Today I’m excited to be one of the first to share this new single by Austin native Silas Acosta and his new solo project entitled New Youth. For those of you who don’t recognize the name, Acostaused to play drums for previous ATH favorite Swim Team. Now that he’s stepping out on his own, I’m digging this shoe gaze vibe here somewhat similar to fellow locals and favorites LUDGF. One could certainly get lost in this dreamy new single “Soft Eyes”.
No word yet on a full length or EP, but stay tuned.
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