We’re really happy for our friends in Big Bill who have released their debut LP Stand By Your Bill into the world today. Long favored by Austinites in search of something different in their punk rock, the band step up their game with their best collection of songs to date; I’d buy this LP for the opener alone. But, they’re not a one-trick pony, as songs like “Baby Go Wah” illustrate, offering up a slow burning homecoming dance number. If you’ve got a minute, give it a spin or two or three!
Austin’s kicking some ass this week…Marmalakes, Loma, Little Mazarn and now another track from Hovvdy. This one is another slow burner, akin to the early 00s post rock scene…think of a weird meld between American Football and Bedhead. It’s impressive how they take the most relaxed approach; this song burns like a smoldering fire, warm but always seemingly near its end. Each continued play only brings the song nearer to you, giving you a gift you’ll take with you for the foreseeable future. They’ll release Cranberry on February 9th via Double Double Whammy.
Lindsey Verrill, aka Little Mazarn, has been an intricate part of the Austin music community for some time, and today she steps out into the big world with a remarkable number. It’s stark from the offset, the careful work of her banjo, and accompanying saw/strings, leaving space for her celestial vocal performance. Each pluck resonates in your stereo, an echo of beauty that leaves room for Verrill’s voice to do the same. Subtly charming, emotionally powerful, you won’t be able to pull yourself away from the depths of this fine tune. Look for her self-titled album on December 16th via Self Sabotage Records; she’ll have a release show at Central Presbyterian Church with Twain on 12/15!
The Golden Boys will be releasing Better Than Good Times this Friday via 12XU, and just to be sure you’re tuned in, they’ve dropped one last single before the record hits the stores. Perhaps the best compliment you can pay the band on this run is that they don’t fit neatly into some niche genre. Instead, they employ solid rock n’ roll foundations, filling in the space with a rolling electronic organ and a traditional verse/chorus/jam/chorus structure; it’s the execution and the natural hook that brings your ear closer to the speakers as slight toe tapping occurs beneath your desk. The band will be hitting up End of an Ear Friday, with a larger release party the following night at Barracuda.
Austin’s Breaklights headed up to Fort Collins’ Blasting Room to record their latest EP; it’s the famed studio for so many of your favorite pop punk rockers. Of course, that’s an easy way to describe the band’s sound, though I sort of hear a hint of Matt Skiba in the vocals…not a bad thing by any means. For me, the best thing about a good pop punk rocker is the hook, and these guys have that for days; I put them right alongside our favorites Basketball Shorts as best pop-bunkers in town. Look for their Don’t Try So Hard EP on January 19th next year!
Big Bill are ready to release their debut full length, Stand By Your Bill. Today they’re happy to share the video for “Pharmacy” from said album, accompanied by a great little video. The stars of the video are clearly enjoying some karaoke, with scene changes in the distance via movie magic. Like many a Big Bill track, the song sets you up in one direction before jumping in another direction with the chorus of “never admit that you’re sick.” If you dig the sounds, as you should, then head over HERE to pre-order the album from the band themselves!
NO! The video is not weak, it’s the title track of the band’s brand new Weak EP, being released by yours truly in January of next year! This week New Noise were super kind, and dropped the video for the track. I wanted to circle back a few days later, make sure we got in front of you as well before you head off into the weekend. Don’t need to say much more than we’re really excited for 2018, and couldn’t think of a better way to kick it off than with Blushing‘s new EP. You can order it right HERE in 12″ vinyl format, if you dig; the band will have cassette versions specially for you too!
Spencer Garland’s been tinkering around the Austin music scene for some time now, but he seems to finally have found his groove with his new project PR Newman. The song definitely harkens to a bit of a folk/Americana feel, though Spencer seems willing to stretch that as near to the border of pop songwriting as possible. I love the resounding idea in the lyric “happy,” especially when juxtaposed with preceding ideas…you can follow along in the lyrical video below. It also never hurts to have a guest appearance from the Bond Twins. Welcome to your new favorite Austin act!
You read that right, Planet Manhood is no more. Instead, Sam Houdek (who also plays in Growl) has changed the name of his project to Most Likely. With that name change also comes new music, hinting at a future LP in the works. Perhaps my ears are deceiving me, but his vocal work here seems to recall the early stuff of Elf Power (my favorite EP period), and you’ll also get some of Sam’s signature guitar sound, even as he needles away at bent strings and feedback. We already loved the work of Planet Manhood, and with more great songs, wouldn’t expect anything to change, other than the name. Enjoy Most Likely.
Thirty plus years into their career, and people, such as myself, are still clamoring to catch The Jesus and Mary Chainlive. I’ve been fortunate enough to catch the legendary act twice, though both have been at festivals, so perhaps the intimacy was missing…until now. Tomorrow night in Austin, the Scottish act will grace Emos, allowing those in attendance to get just a little bit closer to the band. They’re touring in support of their recent album, Damage and Joy, which was their first release of original material in almost 20 years. Even if you haven’t listened to that new LP, they’re guaranteed to play some of their “hits,” so fans will be sure to get a taste of nostalgia. Plus, the Dig are opening up, who’ve started to map out some solid performances in their own right, so be sure to show up early.
Doors are at 7 PM; tickets still available HERE.