While Eric Slick probably is most noticeable for his work with Dr. Dog, his solo outing is really impressive, and totally different. On his latest single there’s a defined move towards a broader pop spectrum, with sweeping arrangements and light flourishes of noise filling in the space behind Slick’s voice. His voice is steady and calmed, remaining as such even through the emotive chorus. This track’s all about execution, and it’s pulled off extremely well, leaving us with great promise as Palisades hits stores this Friday courtesy of Egghunt Records.
Eric Slick spends a great deal of time behind the drum kit for Dr. Dog, and while we love that act, his solo effort looks like something I’ll devour. Fuzzy guitars buzz while drums push the speed from the get-go; the drums push you towards the explosive pop burst that serves as the chorus. It drives you forward, then pulls back for a brief bit of respite, knowing there’s some pop sensibility underneath Slick’s belt; a mix of heavy and soft never bothers this fella. He’s titled his new album Palisades, and it will see a huge release via Egg Hunt Records on April 21st. He’ll also be jamming at SXSW if that’s on your radar!
Last night some of the ATH crew had the privilege of attending another ACL taping at the Moody Theatre downtown. This time around our taping experience was provided by now veteran indie band Dr. Dog out of Philly. It was a solid taping with no frills Americana rock n roll music and a good time was had by everyone in attendance. Follow the jump for a few of my thoughts.
Virginia’s The Trillions might not be on your map just yet, but they’re definitely a band you’ll want to familiarize yourself with today. With named influences such as the Strokes and Big Star it’s easy to lump the band’s sound in with the masses, but I think the vocals give them an extra touch that sets them outside the usual realms. I hear a little bit of Dr. Dog in the vocals, giving a softer underbelly to their rock tunes. They’ve got a new record coming out called Tritones, and this track below is the lead single, so wrap your ears around this goodness.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/05-The-Experts.mp3]
Download: The Trillions – The Experts [MP3]
Three weeks ago we brought you a country-ish number from Juston Stens, the former member of Dr. Dog, but this new track is something quite different. There’s an almost jagged element, giving a little spring to your step, but through it all, you can still see the folk-ish routes of Stens and his past. My ears hear a little bit of an homage to Okkervil River, but perhaps that’s just wishful thinking. Regardless, if he’s writing songs like this, it doesn’t seem like he made a bad move in stepping out to go solo. His album Trash or Treasure can be found in stores now, and if you’re in Austin, you can catch him playing several sets as part of the SXSW festivities.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/01-1.-When-Fire-Burns-Out.mp3]
Download:Juston Stens – When Fire Burns Out [MP3]
Juston Stens used to spend his time playing drums for Dr. Dog, but he’s since parted ways with the band. As all musicians tend to do, he’s found his voice, and is going to release his own solo album, titled Trash or Treasure on Mach 6th. I like his approach here, at least on the single we just got, as it’s not necessarily that barroom off-kilter folk jangle of his ex-project–that’s grown a bit old, sadly. This tune’s got a more true country vibe, though not free of that pop element by any means. It’ll be interesting to see how it all unfolds as Juston walks that new road.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/10_10._Edge_of_the_Moon.mp3]
Download: Juston Stens – Edge of the Moon [MP3]
Here ladies and gentlemen is our obligatory Dr. Dog post with the new song “That Old Black Hole” which has been tearing up the blogging world recently. The track is on a new album from the hard working group entitled Be the Void and is due out in mid-February. This band has become one of the most reliable producers of solid and steady music in the indie game.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/blackhole.mp3]
Download: Dr. Dog – That Old Black Hole [MP3]
You would think that a band made up of former members of The Village Green would have some sort of Davies-esque influence of their songwriting, but this doesn’t seem to be the case for Portland’s Light for Fire. They’ve just released their self-titled debut, and you’ll be disappointed if you don’t give this a good solid listen. Personally, I hear an edgier Dr. Dog, but that’s probably based on the piano line. Still, that guitar chord that knifes its way through the song just cleanses your palate before the band brings it all home again, making for one heck of a single. Be sure to check out the band’s SITE to preview their entire album.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/nybythehand.mp3]
Download: Light for Fire – NY (By the Hand) [MP3]
I take advantage of the fact that I’m the only female Top 5 contributor, and I like to add my lady perspective to the male dominated ATH crew. What better way to lend my girly advice to you boys out there looking to win over the ladies with a musical selection. Ladies, you will probably just agree and be awaiting a mixtape with the following tracks on your playlist. So here are a handful of love songs for all you indie-romantics.
Getting this press release kind of took me by surprise. You read of a band name like The Booze, and you sort of have these preconceived notions that its going to be sort of gritty, possibly sloppy–that’s not what I think of with this band at all. At first I wanted to throw names like Dr. Dog around, but then I kind of went further into my mind, and sort of rolled around with a bit of a cleaner sound of the Small Faces, or the Faces if you’re into Stewart and Wood. It’s got some barroom swing with a tinge of heartbreak. You’ll find the single below on the band’s new album, At Maximum Volume, which is slated to hit the streets around March 8th on Underrated Records. Seriously, give his a spin. It’s light, and I’ve been diggin that I put it on as I welcomed the sun back to Austin.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/KickMeWhereItHurts.mp3]
Download: The Booze – Kick Me Where It Hurts [MP3]