If Todd Briefly isn’t on your radar yet, you’re going to want to be sure you put this tune on full blast for the rest of the day. This new single from his forthcoming Demos mini-LP is fueled by this pounding rhythm, thunderous in nature, allowing the guitars to create all the damage. Those guitars stab and churn and flip angularly, chopping up pieces of the fabric on your speakers as they break on through. Todd offers this disaffected vocal delivery, a steadied vocal performance, unaware of the swirling noise all about him. Demos will be available March 20th via Just Step Sideways Records.
Late last year I talked a lot about how much I enjoyed Broken Spectre, the last full length from Lost Film. Just the other day Jim Hewitt upped some new tracks, in demo form, of course, to hold you over until we have news on a more finite release. Even in an unfinished ditty, you can tell Hewitt and co know their way around endearing numbers. Both singles have this charming lack of urgency, with the drums primarily utilized for pacing. Seems like the baseball themed track is currently the most popular of the two; it’s got synth work atop the aforementioned drumming with Hewitt crooning over it all; the special bit comes when that guitar line jumps into the fray. Just in an interesting step in the process, and hopefully we get to hear more real soon.
A few months ago, I fell in love with American Culture and their record, Pure American Gum, in all its noisy rock and roll glory. I’m pleased to share with you some raw demos that the band has crafted in the wake of that album. Below is just one of the rough cuts that American Culture has put up on their Soundcloud page, but to me the song sounds pretty great as it is. It’s got that fuzzy, ultra lo-fi production quality to it that we’ve come to expect from the band as well as the hybrid of crisp electric guitar riffs cutting through the whole track. Enjoy the bonus tracks.
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Can these guys release an album already! Earlier this year we were treated to a nice little studio demo of a new Skittle Alley tune, and just yesterday they unleashed two more great tunes in the demo version; they have me, as well as other indiepop fans aching for the group’s new album. One of the tunes is an oldie that was recorded, while the other just seems to be a beautiful new piece that will hopefully appear from the band later. It doesn’t matter where or when really, as we should spend the rest of our day just appreciating these delightful tunes, so here you go.
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So, amidst all the ACL hubbub of last weekend, I was introduced to a pretty solid act I hadn’t really gotten a chance to know, and I’m hooked: Polio Club. I caught their set on Friday night over at Hotel Vegas as I went to catch The Stevens (who killed it!). Even as I was exhausted, I was really taken aback by the group’s sound. It’s definitely got sort of a no-wave art rock sound; I could also make a comparison to the earlier grooves of The Rapture, only spun in a more artistic manner. As of right now, they don’t have too much recorded, other than a few great demos, so I thought I’d get them on your radar early…that way you can plan on keeping an eye about town for this group; I’ll also make sure you know when their next gig pops up.
I wanted to bringing you something special on a Friday, something I thought you could really sink your teeth into before you hit the weekend. This little jam comes from Rose Melberg and her new project Imaginary Pants. The duo has a collection of demos, but they sounds pretty incredible if you ask me. I like the opening jam, and I can see how the sound fits into the modern music industry, with vocal harmonies and a little bit of twang. They’re going to toss out this wonderful collection on Lost Sound Tapes sometime in the near future, so keep a look out. You can grab all the demos HERE.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Imaginary-Pants-Imaginary-Pants-01-Cave-to-Cave.mp3]
Download: Imaginary Pants – Cave to Cave [MP3]
Sometimes sticking to your guns as an artist makes popularity hard to come by, but when we come across such musicians it’s both admirable and endearing. I’ve long enjoyed the work of Austin’s Red Hunter, whether it be as Peter and the Wolf or his various other projects. Just yesterday he released a slew of demos that may or may not be made into an album with his new project Gender Infiniti. This song puts his beautiful vocals on display, with a simple strummed guitar serving as the backbone of the tune. If you’re into what you hear, please go to his BANDCAMP page and donate a buck or five; he’s one of the most incredible artists in Austin’s community, not only for his gifts but for what he gives back too.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gender-Infiniti-mark-and-the-moon.mp3
Download:Gender Infiniti – Mark and the Moon [MP3]