Still Bopping Along to Scarves

Seattle’s Scarves have just recently popped onto my radar, but I’ve been enjoying a pretty steady stream of the group’s new jams. The group seem to have that perfect balance between angular emo stylings and really great pop music; I think this track even takes on an almost Dismemberment Plan, seemingly working with different time signatures between music and voice. Niko has one of those insanely unique voices that seem fashionable up in the Pacific Northwest, and it’s one I’m hoping you won’t forget. Look for the group’s Dinner Dates for the End of Days via Good Eye Records on September 28th.

Bad Sports Back Again

It’s hard to pin down Bad Sports, as all their members are incredibly active in various other ventures. But, they’re back with their first album since 2016, and the first single is this huge anthemic power rocker. The band seem to have shred a little bit of their punk rock bravado, though that might just be this song; in lieu of that change, the band’s natural hooks seem to be all the more prominent…especially if you take those gang vocals that round out the song’s close. Whatever they’re doing, I’m always listening, so I’m excited to see that Constant Stimulation will be out via Dirtnap Records on October 29th.

Dot Dash Release Video for Unfair Weather

I’ve already encouraged you to go give Proto Retro a thorough listen, but in case you keep ignoring me, I’m going to continue to give you a healthy dosage of Dot Dash. They just dropped this mostly live footage video for album standout “Unfair Weather.” This track puts the group’s crystalline guitar pop tendencies on display…you know, the sort everyone whose anyone is trying to pull off these days. Plus, the rhythm section is always on point, which gives the guitar work space to sort of meander around the perfect harmony. And, if you love this song, you can grab it for free over HERE, or grab the whole LP!

Have Another Gregor Gem

A little over a month ago we brought you the first single from Gregor; it was a smoothed out pop gem with an electronic background. This outing, Gregor utilizes reggae-style guitar chops to provide a natural rhythm to the song; it automatically gives the song a light quality that is sure to woo listeners. Of course, his voice has this Aussie/British affectation that you can picture crooning in some old school barroom during karaoke hour. The finer touches, such as the added guitar line between verses elevates this song immediately into the front of my playlist. Look for Silver Drop on October 5th via Chapter Music.

Fest Preview Friday: Local Love at ACL Festival 2018 (Weekend One)

Y’all! We are straight up one month away from another ACL Festival! I know you’re all stoked to see Paul McCartney and Arctic Monkeys and Childish Gambino and The National, but what would ACL be without a little love for some great bands making sweet tunes right here in our city? You know we here at the ATH love to keep it local, so you can bet your bums this is a post dedicated to getting yourself to Zilker Park early every day and showing up for that band you saw at Cheer Ups a few months back. Or if you’re less versed in the local scene (how?) now’s the time for you to figure out that there’s some solid bands here (duh). Wanna be that knowledgeable guy/girl that gets to brag to your friends from out of town about what a great choice you’ve made to move to the Live Music Capitol of the World? Click through the jump to get a preview of your (possibly) new favorite Austin bands.

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Song Premiere: Western Youth

Howdy.

We’ve got a local-flavored premier here, the second single by Western Youth from their upcoming release. “The King Is Gone” kicks off with a big guitar making a big guitar noise and settles into a groove that wreaks of Austin. If you ever wonder how one started an evening downtown in the early 90’s, it often sounded like this. Flourishes of piano and organ interplay and harmonize with the guitar and vocals; it is a sound you can only have when you have enough people on stage, enough instruments, enough pedigree lending their voices as the song ebbs and wanes through choruses and solos.

You can preorder the album due September 21 by clicking here, or have a listen live and pick up the record at the release party at Spiderhouse. It reset my headspace and now I can get on with my Friday.

Haunting Beauty From Black Belt Eagle Scout

After the last single shared from Black Belt Eagle Scout, I was anxiously awaiting another from Katherine Paul. This go ’round we’ve been graced with a far subtler, but just as moving, track in the form of “Indians Never Die.” Filmed on theThe Ancestral Lands of The Chinook, Chinnuk Wawa, and Tillamook Tribes, the video is vastly gorgeous– sweeping landscape shots command your attention. The instrumentation is quiet, just the gentle plucking of a guitar, and a stark percussive motif that lingers through the whole song. “Indians Never Die,” visually shows Paul in both traditional Indian garments and skinny jeans with her guitar–the constant tapping rhythm a reminder that Paul is a combination of past and present, two selves existing, both essential to the other. Black Belt Eagle Scout will release her album,Mother of My Childrenon September 14.

 

The Berries Deliver Country Rock Tune

Seattle based artist Matt Berry has long been making a name for himself on the West Coast with a variety of musical projects such as Happy Diving and Big Bite. Never satisfied with the status quo, Matt has a new project called The Berries with a debut album coming out soon. The premiere track from this new work is called “Security Blues” which features much more of a slowed down, country inspired sound in sharp contrast to the usual rock n roll vibe from Berry. This song certainly has some rock tendencies to it, but I like the veer towards the Americana genre.

The Berries will release Start All Over Again on October 26th via Help Yourself Records.

Lovely German Bedroom Pop From Botschaft

For me, lyrics are one of the main things that grab me about a track, so it takes a lot for a song in a language that I don’t speak, or understand really at all, to move me. That all said, this new number from Botschaft is truly a winner; jangly guitars weave delicately through the song and the vocals remind me of the likes of Shout Out Louds. The title, “Sozialisiert in der BRD” translates to “Raised in (West) Germany” and, according to the band is “meant as a radical criticism of growing up in democratic capitalism. It is characterized as a process of adaptation in which the young “citizen” not only is taught a calculating use of mind but also to internalize all the external dutys it has to obey: identity-making.” Take a listen and fall for the band as I did.

Slightly Late To The Party: Synthpop Banger from Pizzagirl

I may be a few days behind on this one, but it will kick your 80s synth pop ass straight into gear. Pizzagirl is the project of 20 year old, ‘Peter Zer Girl,’ out of Liverpool, but he’s making music that will take you back in time, or perhaps take you into the future? It’s got a very Neon Indian vibe to the leading line of pulsating synths. The lyrics yearn for a past time, which tie in gracefully to the nostalgic sound. It’s a right bop– I dare you to listen to this track without a toe tap.

 

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