ATX Spotlight: Decisions Decions Are Ready to Rock

228747_1088522405580_3663907_nDisclaimer.  I’m friends with Stuart from Decisions Decisions. Disclaimer. Stuart was also in the Rise, who I think any old-school Austin music fans fawned over.  His new band has that same tenacity, living somewhere between the realm of post-punk and hardcore. The vocals border on angsty scream, though they have a bit more control, allowing the actual lyrics to shine through the track.  The band have just uploaded 8 new songs to their Bandcamp page…and they’re worthy of your time, if rocking out real loud is your style.  Check it…and I’ll keep you posted on upcoming shows.

Go to Andrew Fest (12.19 & 12.20)

andrewAndrew Collins has been a musician in the Austin scene for some time, most recently playing with LAX.  Unfortunately, tragedy struck Andrew earlier this year, leaving him with some expensive  bills to pay.  But, like Austin does, the community has banded together to throw Andrew Fest, a two-day benefit featuring great acts like Sip Sip, Wild Child and BLXPLTN.  They’re even bringing some of Andrew’s old friends out of the woodworks to reunite for the cause, namely Visitors and The Rise.  You can grab tickets HERE, and all the funds go to support the cause.  Plus, there will be lots of prizes and raffles courtesy of tons of great local folks.  If you can’t make it, consider helping out by donating HERE.

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Download: The Rise – The Fallacy Of Retrospective Determinism [MP3]

Austin Spotlight: Meet Decisions Decisions

decThose of you waiting for The Rise to reunite will have to…wait.  But, in related news, one of the former members of that heralded post-rock outfit from Austin has begun a new venture with members of Hides, Hour of the Wolf,  and The Program (all West Coast hardcore acts).  Decisions Decisions formation only recently came to my attention, and I’m quite stoked to hear what these guys do going forward.  They’re actually playing their first show at Liberty this Sunday for House Party Sundays; you can check out the event HERE. As of now the band only have a few demos to share, but look for more in the near future.

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Download: Decisions Decisions – You Were Saying [MP3]

 

New (ish) Tune from Cheap Curls

It’s good to know that a little bit of that Dum Dum Girls heritage can now stake some claim in Austin, Tx.  Former member Katie has come back home to Austin, and she’s working under the name of Cheap Curls.  She’s just recently released a new EP via Art Fag Recordings, and I’m finally getting the time to give it more than just a glance.  There’s definitely some resemblance to her former band mates, but I tend to think Katie’s got more of a forceful songwriting style, which just happens to please my ears.  We were reminded of her talents when she helped make way for the Crocodiles this past Friday night. Oh, and one of her band members features a dude from The Rise, so there’s more rad Austin history for you!

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Download: Cheap Curls – Message [MP3]

From The Closet: The Rise

theriseShutdown this assembly line quality!  Oh how we love and miss old Austin band The Rise. During the fall of The Refused, we needed something to come destroy the Austin music scene as a whole.  The Rise were the band that did it, infusing their electronic beats with a touch of hardcore and rioting live shows.  While on the scene, they quickly built a solid following here in town, and gaining fans all over the world. Unfortunately, real life got in the way, and the group disbanded, with bassist Danny being the only one going on to make musical waves as a member of Trail of Dead. Also, if it was you that stole their equipment long ago, please return it. We miss you The Rise, and would gladly be willing to put together your reunion show.

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Download: The Rise – The Fallacy Of Retrospective Determinism [MP3]