Photos: Fresh Millions @ The Parish (8/14)

Saturday night at The Parish we helped put on an awesome show by local bands Fresh Millions, Love at 20, and Superlitebike.  Lucky for you and me, I made a new friend named Charles who just so happened to be a photographer with an impressive portfolio.  After the jump you can find some fancy photos Charles took at the show on Saturday.  If nothing else, you gotta see the badass laser show put on by Love at 20.  Superlitebike were also very impressive as I had never seen them live.  They know how to rock!  Oh and I’m sorry to Fresh Millions for having to bounce before their set, but I’ve seen them live and know they can rock the place as well.  Follow the jump for photos.

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Fresh Millions @ The Parish (8/14)

Date 8/14/10
Location The Parish
Doors 9pm
Tickets $7 @ Door

The week of shows sponsored by Austin Town Hall continues on Saturday night with a show by 3 of our favorite local bands.  All ATH Summer Mixtape bands, we proudly give the stamp of approval to all bands on this lineup.  Headlining the evening’s events are ecltro group Fresh Millions along with alt-rockers Love at 20 and indie rock kids SuperLiteBike joining in the fun.  At only $7, we’re sure this is the best bang for your buck in town.


Download: Fresh Millions – The Helicopter [MP3]

Love at 20 – Time to Begin

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Austin’s Love at 20 is comprised of several members who’ve been making a name for themselves for quite some time (I remember drummer Mark Toohey as the man behind the kit for Lucidus in 99). Such backgrounds allow the group to bring an amalgam of influences to make a creative debut that’s as sharp as the cover art for Time to Begin would suggest.

Oddly, the band claim to have a huge influence of British indie rock, but opening track “The Look” has more of a resemblance to old Omaha circa the days of Denver Dalley.  It’s got extremely sharp guitar chords that battle from ear to ear, and a complex structure that didn’t really exist outside of the more obscure Brit pop groups.  Perhaps its the anthemic vocals during the chorus that harken back to that era, but nonetheless, its a solid lead track.

One might find that the band’s name sort of confines the group to a certain genre of writing, which comes apparent in lyrics and song titles such as “Let Her Know.”  Despite the leaning towards somewhat juvenile lyrics, which is just personal taste, this track emphasizes the bombastic approach that surely has built the band’s following around Austin.  Toohey’s drumming here is spot on, and the more creative he gets, the more powerful the group sounds.

“So Bad” celebrates Love at 20 stepping outside of the box.  A choppy guitar cutting in across a danceable bass groove really points to a group that doesn’t always follow their own anthemic formula, which is probably a point for future focus, as spots to tend to get a bit tedious with similar sonic structures.  “Time to Begin” also gives a breath of fresh air to the album, though it has some traceable roots to the band’s sound.  Personally, that chorus rings loud like something Jeremy Enigk would have pulled off during his best days of the 90s.  You can just imagine crowds with fists in the air screaming at the top of their longs, or at least you should.

Personally, the best run the band has during Time to Begin comes during the last three songs, “Hearts and Fire” and “Things to Come Pt. 1 and 2.”  Deep melodies and a sense of patience really reveal the craftsmanship dedicated to creating the record as a whole.  Maybe I’m just an old sad bastard, but I love it when the group slows things down, almost to a grinding halt, using the strength Mike Groener’s vocals to propel the tunes.  All in all, its a decent piece of work from another hard working band dedicated to keeping the Austin scene going strong.

You can grab yourself a free copy of Love at 20‘s Time to Begin HERE.

Love At 20 @ Mohawk (6/24)

Date 6/24/10
Location Mohawk
Doors 9pm
Tickets $6 @ Door

Thursday night at the Mohawk is a nice lineup of up and coming local talent featuring a headlining set by Austin buzz band Love at 20.  Joining them on the stage are fellow locals Model UN, Milk Thistle, and Lean Hounds.  You’ve got a cheap way to discover some of the best new talent Austin has to offer.


Download: Love at 20 – So Bad [MP3]

Ultra8201 Birthday Party @ Parish (6/10)

Date 6/10/10
Location Parish
Doors 9pm
Tickets $6 with RSVP @ Do512

Our friends over at the Ultra8201 blog are throwing quite the little birthday party at The Parish on Thursday night.  The guys have locked down solid locals like L.A.X, Love at 20, Politics, and The Redboys for sets during the night’s festivities.  It should be a good night to get your weekend of music started a little early.


Download: L.A.X. – I’m Sorry [MP3]

Digital Love @ The Independent (2/12)


Date 2/12/10
Location The Independent
Doors 9pm
Tickets $10 @ Door

Knuckle Rumbler are at it again this Friday with a party going down at The Independent in Austin.  This time headliners SPEAK bring the noise along with Missions, Love at 20 (former Clap Clap members), and DJ sets in between sets by DJ Markus with a K.  Of course other special goodies will be planed, which you can read about over on the KR site.  It’s just too much to fit in this tiny little space.  We’ve also got the latest single from SPEAK for you below called “Carrie (Mindfull)”.


Download: Speak – Carrie (Mindfull) [MP3]