This year has seen Austin’s Being Dead continuously put out single after single, and their latest is quite something. The first couple of minutes of “Rocky Mountain Cowboy Blues” see Cody draping his voices over a warm electronic atmospherics. Eventually the duo erupt in noise, blasting through your speakers, albeit for just a moment. Then it turns back to the calming bedroom pop before fading out into the ether. On the flipside, “Future Earth Street” has Juli stealing the show, bringing a bit of swagger with her performance on this slowcore stomper. A young Austin band in their ascendancy for sure. Stream the new tunes below.
A few weeks ago we were super fortunate to release Dream Talk, the debut long player from Austin’s Feverbones (members of Shearwater, Abram Shook, Adam Torres…and every other great Austin band you love). Now we get to celebrate proper style, with the band playing tomorrow night at the Sidewinder to celebrate the album’s release out into the world. If you’re not in the vicinity of Austin, that’s okay, you can grab the copy HERE. They’ll be joined on the night by friends TOMA and Palm Daze, exhilarating acts in their own rite. Doors are at 8 PM!
The experts in pulling our old favorite bands from yesteryear into Austin, Margin Walker, have done it yet again folks by bringing the legendary punk group Jawbreaker to Austin. That’s right, the same Jawbreaker who haven’t played a Texas show in over 20 years, and though “back together”, only play special performances. This is a huge deal for both myself and Nate dog as this is one of the bands we grew up with and one of the bands that first introduced us to non crap. As far as the show goes, the event will take place at the Statesman Skyline Theater and tickets will go on sale this Friday, May 4th at 10am. Tickets are being sold via Skyline Theater website and will run you $44 for GA and $99 for VIP. Support for the show will be from Lemuria and locals A Giant Dog. I am very excite.
UPDATE: We asked Margin Walker boss man Graham Williams for a quote about his booking of Jawbreaker in Austin. Here’s what he had to say:
“While a lot of us got to see Jawbreaker in the 90s, far more never got that chance, as they broke up while really in the rise as a band. I think everyone had given up on the chance of them reuniting, so when they did, its been a goal to get them to Texas and pretty stoked we finally made it happen for everyone.” –Graham Williams
We’ve been covering the Millbrook Estates in some fashion since their inception (and perhaps before). If you couldn’t grasp from the Tim Leary reference in the band name, the group are aiming at perfecting their own blend of psychedelia. Aside from the opener, all the tracks on the Enter EP span beyond 4 minutes; this is important as it sets the tone for an expansiveness that branches beyond the confines of simple rehash. I think my favorite, at least in the last 24 hours, is “Alvin;” i just love the way David’s vocals hang in out there in the wind as the group swirl behind him. Get in on this while its hot!
ATH Records alumni Big Bill dropped their excellent Stand By Your Bill late last year, and they’re still churning out videos for all the hits. If you had asked me “What Do You Want on Your Salad” was already a huge hit, and this video only reaffirms the joy and weird that is Big Bill. Personally, I’m most excited about Eric Bill’s salad angels, and I have no idea how Alan plays the drums with those baguettes; who knows what you’ll enjoy when you watch this video. One thing’s for sure, those of you who like your punk left of the dial will run to this jam. Grab the LP over HERE.
Yo. Sometimes here at ATH we release records and stuff, mostly from our favorite local friends (and sometimes beyond). Already this year we released the excellent Blushing EP, and we return today with Feverbones debut Dream Talk. It’s great, and you will love it, as I do. Band features members of Shearwater, Abram Shook, Adam Torres (live band) and more. You can pick up your copy HERE. And stream it below.
I’ve really been enjoying the work of Ty Richards on the cycle for his newest album, Welcome to Flat Earth. He employs these simple little hooks, but on this song, he seems to stretch it out just beyond reason, crafting a wonky vibe that’s both captivating and odd. For me, perhaps the greatest compliment I can pay his work is that he really seems to be having a blast on everything he’s touched…that’s infectious for folks like me who try to listen with close ears. That new album will drop on April 20th, with a local Austin release show at Mosaic Sound Collective.
In exactly one month, you’ll all be able to get your hands on the new LP from Austin’s Thanks Light, but before we get you there, we’re here to share one of the singles off the record. This number has this innate bounce to it, particularly during the verses as the guitars give off a bit of a shuffling chugga-chugga. Personally, I like some of the spaces between verses, where the guitars seem to crest and fall down as the cymbals crash in your speakers. Another Austin band with a knack for writing catch pop rock tunes; look for Terrifire on May 11th via Enjoy Ears Records.
Austin’s Being Dead just crept upon my radar, but I’m really excited to be on notice about this new duo. On Friday they just dropped this ridiculously infectious new single, “Wild Man.” The track has this carefree indifference, an almost childlike playfulness, though you can hear roots in psych and folk…just performed with an enthusiastic stomp. While you can’t help but fall in love with the lead tune on the single, the flip side “Life Between Leafs” offers a glimpse of another side of the group…bedroom pop with the slightest hint of oddity hanging in the balance. Go on, give the single a stream.
Your friendly neighborhood ATH staff members have emerged from SXSW week and I think we’re all finally ready to reminiscence on what transpired. As we’ve done in the past, it seems like a perfect time to hand out some awards for the festival with superlatives that we made up like 5 minutes ago. Keep in mind we saw a lot of bands, had a bit to drink, and ventured out to more venues than we can possibly remember. So buckle up, hit the jump and see who we deemed worthy and deserving of our very prestigious awards.