Friday night was a great evening for an outdoor show; the cool breeze of the impending rains allowed the crowd to remain cool during what would normally be considered a hot Texas night. Til We’re Blue or Destroy opened up the evening just before The Shaky Hands, which led us into the night’s main event, The Thermals. Follow the jump for full show review.
The Virgins are a band receiving some positive press recently as the music world becomes more and more fascinated with dance/pop/garage bands. Not too sure about what the band brings to the table as far as live sets go, but I do know that their single is catchy as hell. Touring support for this Emo’s show is pretty solid with Lissy Trullie and Anya Marina both on the bill. Tickets are on sale now for $12 and show starts at 9.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/richgirls.mp3]
Download: The Virgins – Rich Girls [MP3]
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that we love Jay Reatard. RayRay has posted about him numerous times, and we even rocked out to his eardrum busting show last year at Red 7. Now, news comes our way that Matador Records will be releasing his new album, Watch Me Fall, on August 18th. Here’s to you Jay, and future coverage.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/jay-reatard-it-aint-gonna-save-me.mp3]
Download: Jay Reatard – It Aint Gonna Save Me [MP3]
Years back nothing seemed as bubblegum delicious as B.L.O.W. , so when one of the members parted ways to form YACHT, everyone took notice. Now it seems that the one man show of Jona Bechtolt has evolved into a duo, including Texan Claire Evans. Since the new line-up is set, it would only seem appropriate that the group release a new album on July 28th titled See Mystery Lights. Here is a hint as to what that album might sound like, as this is the first released single.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/yacht-psychic-city.mp3]
Download: YACHT – Psychic City (Voodoo City) [MP3]
Portland, Oregon duo Viva Voce spent the past few years building, creating new things. First, they created their own backyard studio, perfect for the husband/wife combo to record new tracks. They continued the building process by adding two permanent members to their line-up, solidifying the group for the recording of an entirely new album. That new album is titled Rose City, and it demonstrates a band experimenting with their proven recipe for tunes, as the band travel to sonic regions not explored in the past.
Once the album opens with the lead track “Devotion” it becomes rather clear that this isn’t the same group you came across back in the day. Distortion billows from the guitar this round, and the percussion has this permanent beating echo that seems ominously powerful. For the first time, Kevin Robinson sounds like someone other than himself, as his voice comes across like a man covering Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. It’s fitting to the music, which explains the change in delivery, as the sound has clearly changed.
“Die a Little” seems a tad bit like what you would expect from this band. It’s rather catchy, and the bobbing bass lines that go throughout keep you tapping your foot at the base of your chair. Also, vocal duties are split between Kevin and Anita Robinson, so it approaches the aesthetics of the male/female vocal a bit more. Even so, there exists a boundary of sound and feedback the band has yet to explore.
Once you come across a song like “Midnight Sun” you can imagine what the songwriting process was like; the band seems to be painting sounds upon a blank canvas, filling empty space with various elements so that the album sounds full, yet not repetitive in the least bit, allowing for the empty space to resonate with a sound all its own. But, you can juxtapose that with “Good as Gold,” which seems to take a line or two from the Pixies closet of bass lines, not that anyone could get upset by that. This song takes on a more traditional Viva Voce feel since it doesn’t seem to have as much of the sonic exploration even though some of the guitar parts have a new sharpness to them. Just make sure you save yourself for “Flora,” a song that comes at the butt of the album. There is something spectacular about this song that just yanks at your emotions. It’s one of the moments that really makes this album worth listening to for repeated listens.
There are some misguided moments here and there throughout this album, which one owes to the band’s desire to explore new sonic elements. You have to respect that, and you have to hope that the promise that clearly exists on this album will only be pushed further with future recordings, as this album clearly has great moments worthy of your ears.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/09-flora-1.mp3]
Download: Viva Voce – Flora [MP3]
Pilot Speed is a band that we’re running late on posting about, but now is a great time as they’ll be stopping through Austin on Tuesday. The Canadian act is currently touring in support of their brand new LP Wooden Bones (Windup Records) which has been receiving some quiet buzz around the blogging world. Check out this single “Put the Phone Down” and if you likes, head over to Emo’s on Tuesday to catch the Pilot Speed live show. Jeff Hanson is headlining that one.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/pilot-speed-put-the-phone-down.mp3]
Download: Pilot Speed – Put the Phone Down [MP3]
Hotlanta rockers Manchester Orchestra are coming through town on Tuesday and have two shows lined up for you Austin music lovers. First show is a Waterloo Records in-store which starts around 5pm and will of course have free keg beer if you get there early enough. Second show will be a full on proper set at Emo’s later in the evening at 8pm. This show features Audrye Sessions, Fun and Winston Audio playing in support. Tickets are on sale for $10.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/03-ive-got-friends.mp3]
Download: Manchester Orchestra – I’ve Got Friends [MP3]
In further antcipation of their upcoming album, Horehound, ultra-hip group Dead Weather are offering you a chance to hear yet another new single off said album. This one definitely has that rocking element, and it features vocals that seem to be predominantly Jack White. Either way, the hard hitting track, “Treat Me Like Your Mother,” is a sign of more good things to come.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/02-treat-me-like-your-mother-1.mp3]
Download: Dead Weather – Treat Me Like Your Mother [MP3]
1,000 pardons for the lengthy amount of time that ATH Radio was down after our server switch. We got it back online this weekend and it’s all ready to go. Enjoy the tunes!
Daytrotter has just put up a brand new session with Luke Temple and Here We Go Magic. Lucky for the fans, this session has a brand new track to offer you, not to mention it has a few reworkings of other tunes from the band’s self-titled debut, Here We Go Magic. If you like what you hear from this band, be sure to check them out on tour in Austin with Grizzly Bear in June.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/03-collector.mp3]
Download: Here We Go Magic – Collector [MP3]