Opened up our early day with a lot of the soft stuff, which I love, but man, I want you to listen to this new track from Meet Your Death. The group, composed of some heavy hitters around the Austin area, are playing this bluesy bit of garage rock, or rather, let’s just call it rock n’ roll. There’s a bit of boogie in it, and the lyrics are delivered in a matter of fact manner…and lets not forget that squawking harmonica blasting through. There’s a lot of imitators out there nowadays, so here’s hoping someone imitates this! Look for the band’s new self-titled LP next month from 12XU.
Sometimes we could all use a little bit of rock n roll in our lives to awaken the demon within. Thanks to Greek duo The Noise Figures, my inner rocker is being awakened with this sweet track “Holy One”. If I was pressed to describe the song, I’d call it a fuzzy rock n roll track devoid of gimmicks and tricks. Nope, this is just a straight up rock song and I’m in need of such a thing today. Enjoy.
Pick up Aphelion later this month on the 28th via Inner Ear Records.
Fun Fest is now just a few short days away and the ATH crew couldn’t be more excited for the big event. With just those few days left, we plan on highlighting a ton more bands we’re excited about seeing this weekend. Today I give you legendary rock group The Walkmen. Follow the jump for more.
As we are now only a few short days away from ACL weekend number 1, it’s time to get this whole artist preview thing kicking into high gear. I shall continue our ongoing coverage with a quick look at a band I’m personally excited to see again at ACL, Queens of the Stone Age. Follow the jump for some thoughts.
Los Angeles based homies Criminal Hygiene are a band that really made a name for themselves in the ATH musical guidebook during SXSW last year with their rowdy and intense live performances. They also staked a claim in my music notes with their highly underrated 2013 debut release CRMNL HYGNE (fully streamable on bandcamp btw).
My fandom out of the way, the point of this post is to let you know that the band just sent us this new track “Pickman” to share with you guys. The song is just downright badass from start to finish. It begins in the typical sludgy rock style I’ve grown accustomed to from the guys, and then ends with some thrashing, intense rock n roll that’s sure to wake up even the casual rock fan. WAKE UP.
This jam can be found on the soundtrack for the new transmedia novella project The Red Bicycle. The digital soundtrack features tons of great music from local L.A. bands and is free with purchase of the novella. You can pick that one up for only $9 over on Big Cartel.
Just a short bit ago I praised the debut album from New York’s Nude Beach; it ended up making our list of top albums for 2012. Luckily for us all, we didn’t have to wait long before new tunes came our way; they have a brand new 7″ coming out for Other Music Recording. Again, the group is channeling the history of American rock n’ roll, but doing it with even more grit and balls than some of their predecessors. This tune definitely has the hooks to keep you interested, and the songwriting to show these boys are a force to be reckoned with going forth.
Nude Beach is a band that received tons of coverage from us last year with their incredible album II. Hell, a spot on the top songs list AND the top albums list in the same year basically means you are ATH approved for life and can do no wrong. The band may be in for another big year and are kicking things off with this new song “I’m Giving Up”. Of course it’s a rock n roll tune with some super slick guitars that don’t seem to quit jamming until the song is done blasting through its 2 and a half minutes.
This is the B-Side on a new 7″ single with A-side “What Can Ya Do”.
Yet another small festival in Austin has grown into something much bigger than we ever thought it would and now Psych Fest is ready to stake a claim with the festival cool kids in town. As we usually tend to do, we’ll be previewing some of the artists playing the festival with a few spotlights on bands we think you should pay attention to. Today we’ll kick things off with festival artist and ATH approved Bass Drum of Death. Follow the jump for more.
Sometimes I don’t get enough credit around here for liking to rock just as much as everyone else. Sure I tend to have tastes that jump all over the place, but I also can appreciate a great rock n roll number when I hear one. This new song “Conflict Free Diamonds” from underrated veteran rock outfit Kinski is definitely worthy of receiving that great rock song tag. Me gusta mucho.
After a long 6 year delay, the band have a new album entitled Cosy Moments due out April 2nd via Kill Rock Stars.
Are you tired of me raving about the Bare Wires just yet? Since SXSW I’ve been digging their solid rock n’ roll records, and with the release of their record Cheap Perfume just a few weeks from release, I’ll gladly drop a little more knowledge on you. This track is not as powerful as the earlier tracks the band has released, but I dig the subdued attitude here, demonstrating the band’s ability to just throw good old rock n’ roll right in your face. There’s no tricks, there’s no hype, just good old fashioned rock. Sometimes that’s the best kind; actually, it’s always the best kind.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/barewires_backontheroad.mp3]
Download: Bare Wires – Back on the Road [MP3]