I’m an avowed pop fan, of a certain sort, and Cardiff outfit Private World are definitely of that lot. The band guarantees an aura of sophistication in their presence, and while I can hear that approach in the single that comes with this announcement, I can also attribute my fondness to other aspects. There’s a faint hint of a nod to Edwyn Collins in a few spots of the vocals, built in with the angular cuts of the guitar to kind of bend the song’s natural warmth towards a more skewed slice of pop music. There’s a hook, but not too much to make it burdensome on repeated listens…which you will definitely want. The band are wrapping up their debut, dropping next year via Dais Records.
Looking at the schedule, there’s tons of great acts gracing our town this week, and Tuesday night is no exception. You’ve got a couple of great traveling shows coming through, one featuring a great local act that you should keep your eyes on. Amen Dunes comes into town with Axxa/Abraxas in tow, which is likely to be a huge success for both bands. They’re both coming in support of recent 2014 releases, with AD celebrating Love, and Axxa performing their self-titled debut; that show takes place over at the Hotel Vegas. But, don’t sleep on Streets of Laredo, who’ll be headlining a gig at the Mohawk with one of our favorites, Reservations. Looks like a great evening for us all…so be sure to partake in the good music. Here’s a tune from Axxa/Abraxas to get you into the mood.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/09-On-the-Run.mp3]
As we head into the summer months, there’s a slew of great shows on the horizon, and one we’re particularly excited about features two of our favorites, Amen Dunes and Axxa/Abraxas. After a superb self-titled release in March for Captured Tracks, we caught up for a short little interview with Axxa/Abraxas frontman, Ben. Read on for a brief look into his world… Read more
Friday’s are for two things here in Austin: you either get weird or you get fun, or you can do both if you’re so inclined. I think the latest track to come from Axxa/Abraxas accomplishes both, thus making my day; it’s one of those tunes that stretches over several genres, ambling between psychedelia and roots rock and pop forms. Personally, I like the percussion, giving the track a little bit of a sideways stomp that really ups the energy level. It’s just one of the great tunes that comes from the band’s self-titled album, which is being released by Captured Tracks on March 4th.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/09-On-the-Run.mp3]
Download: Axxa/Abraxas – On the Run [MP3]