I’m always a sucker for a good pop song, especially when the execution of said song is pulled off to perfection…like this new tune from Hola Beach. This track employs a really bare bones approach for the opening two minutes, with the drum sitting way in the back of the mix in order for the natural melody to unfold in step with the guitar notes. A few of those notes meander out of context, crafting the slightest bit of tension leading to the crashing wave of the song’s last minute. Look for their new EP to drop this weekend!
Hola Beach has a brand new tape coming out on January 3rd, and now we’ve got a second single to go with the release date. This track from the Austin act takes on the subject of brains versus booze, and which choice is best…lyrics seem to lean towards brains first. Still, the band have a casual way of providing detailed pop tracks, which you’ll inevitably play over and over again. Their new Dirt Cassette is coming out on a limited run of 50 yellow tapes via Merdurhaus, so if you’re so inclined, you’re encouraged to grab it.
Monday night I hit up the Mohawk to bid farewell to Gal Pals, but I was also treated to some excellent local talent with Hola Beach. There was a wall of noise crashing into the ears of audience members, and while that may sound dangerous, everyone was tapping their toes. The band have been relatively quiet, recording-wise, since 2013, but you’re in for some great tunes folks. They graciously handed out 24 copies of their new EP, with some artwork done by Mohawk employee Patrick Waites. This track below is pretty special, displaying the group’s balance between those gaze-y moments and a slow, yet special vocal delivery. We’ll keep you up to date with more new about the band’s upcoming releases when we know more, but for now, rock to this new jam, “Anyway.”[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/04-Track-04.mp3]
The folks over at Mohawk are dedicating themselves to keeping things fun and local on Monday nights, bringing you another great gig in their Showoff Series. First, let me just tell you that the show is FREE, so you get to enjoy some great bands and spend all your money on booze and MERCH! But, this Monday’s show has some incredible local acts, and one we’ll all need to say goodbye to. Ringo Deathstarr is the headliner on the night, and the band needs no introduction; they’re one of the many rad acts across town. But, you need to come say goodbye to Gal Pals, who unfortunately are relocating due to career opportunities. We love the duo, and we wish them all the best on their new ventures. Also, Hola Beach will kick off the night, rounding out a line-up that’s worth your time. See you there.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Ringo_Deathstarr_-_Every_Time.mp3]
Download: Ringo Deathstarr – Every Time [MP3]
I didn’t really know what to expect on the evening of the Dent May show. There were tons of great bands playing, both local and traveling, so I wondered if people would turn out for Dent; turn out they did, buoyed by travelers from Ole Miss…leaving him with a home away from home show.
You can read further for my thoughts and Brian’s photos.
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September is shaping up to be quiet a crazy month for live music here in Austin. You have some tough choices to make clearly, but we think long time ATH favorite Dent May playing at Red 7 should definitely be on your agenda. Joining the talented musician on stage will be Dead Gaze and Austin bands Growl and Hola Beach.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/04-Best-Friend.mp3]
Download: Dent May – Best Friend [MP3]