It’s always great to see the success of labels that have worked diligently to foster acts they love, and that’s why I’m really impressed with the work of our friends over at Old Flame Records. Next week they release the much anticipated Dead Stars LP, Slumber, but they’ve also got some other great things in the working. They’ve got a new single from Shark?, which is this great instrumental jam that’s perfect to fit into the middle of your road trip mix tape. Then, they’re working on the next release from The Pharmacy; they’re album Spells will be out on August 12th, and it’s definitely a jamming type record, filled with rock n’ roll swagger. Take a listen to the two respective singles from each band below, “Big Summer” by Shark? and “Masten Lake Lagoon” by the Pharmacy; keep an eye on Old Flame.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/A1-Big-Summer-V1.mp3] [audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/05-Masten-Lake-Lagoon.mp3]
Just a bit ago I offered you a track from Turn to Crime, and why not share their brand new tune today? It’s the focal point of their new EP, Cant Love; it offers a glimpse into the world the group is creating. There’s hints of Americana in the delivery of the vocals, combining hints of Southern charm and a whiskey-worn touch to boot. Guitars meander in the background and the drums have this spiritual pounding that’s quite enchanting. You’ll be able to grab the group’s new EP from Old Flame Records on July 1st.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/02-Cant-Love-TTC.mp3]
At this point, I can’t really get enough of the new tunes from Dead Stars. It’s interesting that more people haven’t taken notice of the band, up until now, as they’ve had songs this great for quite some time. But, that being said, this guitar pop jam is exactly what the doctor ordered this morning. The vocals are delivered calmly while the guitars push the pace forward; you should wait for the awesome break down with the rolling drums. I reckon there will be a handful of songs as good, if not better, when the band release their new album, Slumber, on Old Flame Records this June.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/04-Crawl.mp3]
Download: Dead Stars – Crawl [MP3]
It seems like the rest of the world is catching on to what we already knew: Dead Stars are a rad rad band. So much so, that I actually walked two miles during SXSW to catch them play live (it was worth it!). This new single is just as catchy and enjoyable as anything I’ve heard in this vein this year; it’s got a driving beat, fuzzed out guitar, but what I like the most is that there was extra attention to the vocals in the mix. This is one of those bands I put on little mixes to try and hip my friends to all the great jams out there. You can pick up their new album, Slumber, from Old Flame Records on June 17th.
Download: Dead Stars – Someone Else [MP3]
I’m loving all these great interview responses that we’re getting, so we’ll continue to run out the great interviews we’ve been running via the Internet. Today we’re bringing you Swimming, a Fayetteville act specializing in brilliant pop music that’s built to get your toes tapping. I’m always down to support an act from Arkansas. Read the group’s responses below.
Long have we supported the New York’s Dead Stars, so as they prepare to head into Austin for a few days of rock n’ roll at SXSW, we thought it best to give you a quick introduction to the band before you decide that you’ll be better off including them in your viewing plans. Read on for the band’s answers to our thought-provoking questions.
Brooklyn based Shark? is a band who have become well known for their interesting take on the updated garage rock/loud guitar genre. As Rocky once said however, everyone can change right? This new track from the band, “Wither”, is certainly a bit of something different sonically when compared to other songs. Personally, I think it’s a great little acoustic based ballad that will surely fit in nicely with all the other rockin’ tunes on the band’s upcoming album Savior. You can pick that one up on October 1st via Old Flame Records.
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Nothing like finding something to perk you up a little bit, which is exactly what will happen when you press play on this new Mean Creek track. They’ve just announced that they’ll be releasing their new album, Local Losers, with our friend over at Old Flame Records. In just over 2 minutes you get the brash attitude of a band pumping out pummeling rock hits, of the likable sort. The Massachusetts act might push forward with sharp guitar chords and rolling drum lines, but I like the softer moment in the track, letting us in on the group’s blend of rock and pop. You can look forward to the album’s release in January, but for now, you’ll have to settle with this sweet tune.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Mean-Creek-Cool-Town.mp3]
Download: Mean Creek – Cool Town [MP3]
RayRay posted the first sweet jam from Gross Relations less than a month ago, and I have to follow in his footsteps in order to bring you this new single from the band. This new single still maintains the group’s lo-fi aesthetic, at least in so far as the recording goes, but personally, I’m feeling a hint of 90s alternative rock. No, it’s not “Cumbersome,” unfortunately, but those of you who grew up with 90s radio will probably hear the same sort of catchy accessibility, while still seeing that the group isn’t just pandering to fans by making watered-down alterna-rock. Their self-titled album will be in stores next week from the dependable folks at Old Flame Records.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/04-Discovery-Zone.mp3]
Download: Gross Relations – Discovery Zone [MP3]
After several spins of this new track “Cut the Final Scene” from Brooklyn based outfit Gross Relations, I’m ready to give it the ATH seal of approval. It’s a rock pop number with a touch of garage noise in there somewhere that doesn’t seem to let up its intensity until the track culminates after roughly two and a half minutes. Welcome to fun times.
You can pick up the band’s debut self-titled album on August 20th via Old Flame Records.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/09-Cut-the-Final-Scene.mp3]
Download: Gross Relations – Cut the Final Scene [MP3]