Admittedly, I’m a fan of good old pop rock songs, especially when they’re spun through the indie rock lens. Perhaps that’s why I’ve gravitated towards King Warbler, a band you might want to have on your radar. Their latest single has this building tension, growing noisier as guitars battle with one another for the listener’s attention. I love how the speed of the vocal delivery picks up with the band’s volume; it’s like we’re all running out of time and want to cram as much fun into that perfect moment. Sounds a lot like ATH faves Marmalakes, or maybe War on Drugs before they became Bruce Springsteen’s shittier backing band. Tune in, and turn up.
A few years back ATH Records dropped Slack Capital Comp, a sort of snap shot at the weird side of Austin; Pataphysics, of course, were part of that. Now, a few years later, there’s new music on the way via First Human Records; we’ve got their first single below. It’s a jittery bit of synth-driven pop music, spastic in the best way, though the story’s woven around the hook-laden line “swiveling around in my computer chair.” I’m also a huge fan of the way the band has always included what I’d call “found sounds,” whether that’s this song’s use of Internet dial-up or the vocal samples; they continue to keep things interesting.
Austin’s Flesh Lights have been rocking this city almost as long as we’ve been running this blog; I’ve loved listening to the band every step of the way. When they reached out to see if we could help with the release of their new album; I jumped at the chance to be part of their history. Never See Snow is a straight forward rock album, filled with hooks and huge riffs ready to tear through your stereo. But enough of my fanaticism. Just stream the LP below, and if you’re interested in one of their rad blue Cassettes, grab that HERE. The group have a release show on March 1st over at FSG with Dregs and Werewolf.
As much as we love sharing news of national/international bands, there’s nothing quite like the discovery of even more local talent. Today I’m pumped to share with you the premiere single “City Buses” from Austin, TX based outfit First Names. This one is going to be for those of you who like garage rock sounds with heavily distorted guitars, banging drums, and softer vocals. Bottom line, it shows a lot of promise for these young upstarts in our little city. Carry on.
If I were to pick out an Austin artist that would break out into the world to win everyone’s hearts, the odds of that group being the Infinites are pretty high. What began as a looped guitar project between Dan Levine (Ghetto Ghouls) and Jared Zoltar (the Zoltars) has a evolved quickly into a well-oiled pop making machine. In their newest single, the guitar lines dance and flutter, jumping out sharply when emphasis is needed. Everyone else takes on a casual vibe, waiting for the the vocals to intoxicate; I love how Jared naturally has this hook in the way he’s delivering his lines, matched perfectly by those guitar parts. The band will be releasing their debut self-titled LP on First Human Records on April 26th.
Every year, we gather with our frienemies over at Side One Track One, and throw down a huge show over at Hotel Vegas/Volstead. As is the case every year, we have 30 bands from all over Austin, and a few on the ATH Records roster. When we set up this years show, we wanted to make sure the bands all had new music on the way in 2019…and that seems to be the case. You can click on this glorious photo to see the show poster, or head over to the FB Event Page to see who all is going to show up. The show takes place Sunday, March 10th…and its absolutely free! Really stoked to see our friend Ram Vela return to the stage with his new band. Plus, ATH acts the Hermits, Being Dead and She Sir sharing their new tunes!
A few years back, we here at ATH Records were fortunate enough to help Mean Jolene release Salty, their debut LP (you can listen to it after the jump!). The band went through some personnel changes, but have recently wrapped up their 2nd album. I reached out to Jolie Flink to see if she wanted to share her story about all the work that went into the 2nd album; she shares that story with us below. Read more
Indigo Bunting sprang onto the Austin music scene, destined to work on their own terms; they released the ATH approved Clip Show. Now, without a care in the world, they’re back sharing new music, which, for all we know, could mean that there’s another album lurking right around the corner. While they obviously have musical notes they hit upon, they seem to occupy a space entirely on their own; you’ll likely hear things that musically reference Beach Boys, or more recently Panda Bear, though it’s all spun in this grandiose collage work of pop. No one’s writing pop songs like these at the moment…in Austin or anywhere else.
When you spend a lot of time in a music community, you begin to learn who to follow and who to watch; the good people always lead you to more good people, like those who’ve played with The Black Drumset. Their latest single is likely to entrance listeners, both in its visual representation (seen below) but also in the rhythmic pulse of the song. Electronics jab at the listeners ears, sputter in and out of focus, all the while the drum work rides the vibe, minimal and primal, beating with your heart. The video features the song’s lead character, in statuette form, spinning and circling amidst pulsing shadows and light. It’s a mindfuck of the most brilliant sort; Charged, the new LP, will be released on March 8th.
Austin’s Daisy O’Connor is ready to share her hard work with everyone this week; she’ll drop her Ether EP this Friday. She’s graced us with one of the standout tracks, set to footage of the Hill Country rolling behind an image of herself. It’s a special number, beginning with Daisy softly draping her voice atop a fairly bare piano line; there’s cascading guitar and soft percussion, adding to the emotional draw. But, just after the 2 minute mark, the song begins to swell. The piano is more emphatic, strings emerge and that guitar dances in with a solo of its own, capping off the tune gorgeously. It’s a powerful tune, but just one of the handful that will appear on Ether; you can catch Daisy at Cosmic Coffee & Beer on Sunday (2/10) if you’re in the Austin area.