I’m honestly not really sure what Fashion Freakout 5 really entails, other than the fact that some of Austin’s vintage stores will be setting up shop in some fashion or another over at the Mohawk. What I do want to highlight are the excellent bands that will be holding it down for you all night, with some of the best in Austin’s punk/rock scene. You’ll get our performance favorites in OBN IIIs, but you’ll also get bright newcomers in Fleshlights (they put out an excellent release in 2011), not to mention A Giant Dog. The doors open at 7 PM, and if you haven’t gotten your hands on a ticket yet, you can pick one up at the door for $12. It’s an excellent weekend for local Austin music, so please attend!
Download:OBN IIIs – New Innocence [MP3]
I feel like I need to apologize, briefly. I’ve been jamming to a lot of rock n’ roll, as Spring is just around the corner. But, I figured I’d throw out something a little more composed and craft today via Sweden’s Solander. This creative trio is going to be releasing their Passing Mt. Satu album on March 13th via A Tendervision Recording. When you listen to this track, it might be the whispering quality of the vocals, or the incredible craftsmanship that goes into the details, but most definitely it’s the emotional hook that follows you throughout. Be on the lookout for this record, as its beauty might sneak up on you quickly.
Download:Solander – Book Of Advice [MP3]
It’s great when you get awesome tips from musicians you love, and so I was pleased to stumble upon Bleeding Knees Club when they were referenced by Dev Hynes…most recently of Blood Orange. They’re just a duo, but they’ve got a pretty powerful bit of sound. Their record, Nothing to Do, just came out today, and surely they’ll find a huge audience for themselves here in the States. I guess you could throw it into the pile with the rest of the garage rock genre, but for me, there’s a bit more youthfulness (innocence if you will) that makes it a pure fun. Have fun bouncing around to this number all day!
Download:Bleeding Knees Club – Same Game [MP3]
I stumbled upon this great track from Electricity in Our Homes, and I really wanted to share it with everyone. At first, I started to think of their album, Dear Shareholder, as a bit of constructionist pop-art, but the more I listen the more I can’t help but compare them to the early work of our dear friends in Colourmusic. It combines odd time structures and off-kilter melodies/harmonies; somehow, it all fits nicely together giving you a nice groovy listen that’ll keep your toes tapping throughout the day. You’re definitely going to want to give the following number some repeated spins today!
Here’s a new jam from one our favorite bands, Races, who also happen to be coming into town for SXSW. The new tune is called “Lies” and appears on the band’s upcoming new album entitled Year of the Witch. You can get your hands on that one right after SXSW on March 27th via Frenchkiss Records. This one makes me look forward to seeing the band live when they’re in town in a couple weeks. Dig.
Download: Races – Lies [MP3]
I’ve known this number was coming down the pipeline for a bit, and I just couldn’t wait much longer to share it with you! Royal Headache is an Australian quartet destined to break out with their blend of joyous garage-soul fusion. Royal Headache is fortunate to have their self-titled album picked up for US release by the always excellent folks over at What’s Your Rupture; they’ll have it ready for you on May 8th. There’s this infectious energy in album track “Girls,” be it the steady pop streaming guitars or the playful crooning of Shogun on vocals. We’ll all be fortunate to witness their invasion in June, after they stop by Austin to play several Chaos in Tejas dates. Get ready to fall in love with rock n’ soul.
Download: Royal Headache – Girls
Adreon’s name should hopefuly be familiar with Austin audiences, but his former band Single Frame might not be nation-wide knowledge. Still, if you listen to the following track from his upcoming The Sandman Doesn’t Sle EP, written under the Strange Calls moniker, you’ll definitely wonder what’s going on in there. Apparently vocals are run through car engines, and slide’s are created with bicycle handlebars, giving that odd sludgy sound to the track. It’s not for everyone, but you have to appreciate an artist (an Austin one no less!) who is eager to push the boundaries of musical instrumentation. But, if you’re looking for a more accessible sound, you might find it by way of his other project, videoing; you can listen to that group’s upcoming album, Reader. right HERE.
Download: Strange Calls – Night Off [MP3]
For their last effort, Fever, Cali’s Sleepy Sun got us off rocking with their own brand of psychedelic stoner rock, however, they still gripped tightly to a sunny side of songwriting with songs like “Rigamaroo.” Their new effort, Spine Hits, aims to be a different beast, at least upon this first few listens. You can grab the album on April 10th via The End Records, but for now just take a little listen to the first single. My ears sort of feel like there’s a bit of Brit-pop hiding behind the fuzzier elements of rock here, but I’ll let you be the judge. Check it!
Download:Sleep Sun – Stivey Pond [MP3]
Hopefully you’ve heard about the Grave Babies by now, as they’re about to start winning people over across the Internet. The band’s about ready to release their Gothdammit EP on April 17th via Hardly Art, and while the title might have some allusions to the music itself, there’s still a whole lot beneath that wall of darkness aching to be released. If you listen to this track, you’ll hear the pounding rhythm and the wall of noise, but that tiny hint of melody held back by the slightest bit of restraint is exactly what grabs you. I can’t wait to get this EP in my hands!
Download:Grave Babies – Nightmare [MP3]
A short while ago we hooked you up with a jam from Tribes, the UK band who’re expected to blow up in the States pretty soon. On March 13th the band will release their record, Baby, state-side, and I’m sure it’s going to be a polarizing ordeal. The band stakes their claim to a no-frills rock n’ roll approach, just blasting out the jams like we all secretly want. In listening to this song, part of me wants is singing along, tapping my feet; the other part of me is worried it’s going to get panned because it is so gimmick free. I think it’s tasty, I think it’s fun: you be the the judge!
Download:Tribes – Whenever [MP3]