Premiere: New Rocker from Woollen Kits

It’s about time for Woollen Kits to take over the US, completely.  After releasing their self-titled album on RIP Society, the band is back with a fresh new 7″, this time on the great American label, Trouble In Mind Records. The A-Side is titled “Shelley and it encompasses everything I love about the band.  There’s an effortless bit of swagger that has me imagining the band swinging their guitars about the stage; the usage of gang vocals gives the track a raucous feel—and then a sharp-edged guitar solo cuts through. One listen to this jam and you’ll be stomping your feet, begging for the release to come your way.  You won’t have to wait too long, as the single hits streets (with B-Side “Down Your Street”) on August 7th..so hold your horses; good things come to those who wait.

New Tunes from Apache Dropout

I’m always going to give a shout out to Trouble in Mind Records; they’ve got a really diverse catalogue, but typically it all dwells in the garage rock category.  Today, this new jam dropped from Apache Dropout kicking out the rock n’ roll jams with a psychedelic twist; I tend to think more along the lines of psycho-billy, at least when I’m listening to this song.  It’s got whimsy, choppy guitars and the album artwork has a hint of ghoulishness. If you dig this track, you can get a hold of the group’s new record, Bubblegum Lemonade, soon; it hits stores on August 7th.

[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/02-Candy-Bar.mp3]

Download:Apache Dropout – Candy Bar [MP3]

Psych Fest Preview: The Paperhead (+ New Song)

Psych Fest is going down this weekend over on the East Side of town, and I wanted to give you a few bands I think you should check out.  The first band I’ve got for you is Nashville’s The Paperhead.  After releasing a wonderful self-titled record last year, they’ve got a new 7″ on Trouble in Mind Records this year; this new jam displays their blossoming maturity in regards to their songwriting.  You will find that it’s a lot less psychedelic than the last effort, almost coming off as the second coming of the Kinks or the Beatles (neither of which is a bad thing).  There’s still hints of darkness in the sound, but the writing’s lacks some of the frills.  Regardless, this a band that many have taken notice of in the last couple of years, and you should add your name to the list.

You can catch their set at 3:15 at Emo’s East on Saturday! And here’s one of their new tracks off that aforementioned 7″.

[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/The-Paperhead-She-Is-Above-Me.mp3]

Download:The Paperhead – She Is Above Me [MP3]

Newish Girl Pop from Hollows

Chicago’s Hollows are secretly winning me over with their recently released Vulture LP on Trouble in Mind Records.  The lead single is just ridiculously solid, reminiscent of a more innocent version (and possibly less extravagant) Camera Obscura. There’s still touches of orchestration on these songs, but they’re more scaled back, giving the vocals the ability to soar as they should.  I have a feeling that once you give this track a few listens you’ll get just as excited as I am by this group–if you are be sure to grab a copy of their remarkable record.

[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/01-V-Is-For-Vulture-1.mp3]

Download:Hollows – V Is For Vulture [MP3]

Smashing Hit from Estrogen Highs

Man, this is what a great song sounds like? Yeah, absolutely. I hadn’t heard of Estrogen Highs until I caught this sweet jam in the inbox, and I’m so glad I’ve been able to spend my entire day rocking out to this one.  The Connecticut group are releasing their Irrelevant Future album via Trouble in Mind Records on April 10th, and you can bet on it being brilliant.  This track begins with a light musical line and vocal accompaniment, which goes on for a bit.  Hold on tight though, as the band blasts off into this brilliant realm of post-punk hooks.  Songs such as this can only make the world a better place.

[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/12-I-Wanna-Be-Tall-1.mp3]

Download:Estrogen Highs – I Wanna Be Tall [MP3]

New Music from Mikal Cronin

It’s easy to know you’ll love something when the press release tosses the names of Ty Segall, The Ramones, and Trouble in Mind Records all into one email.  Mikal Cronin will be releasing his self-titled debut on TiM on September 20th, and based on this track alone, I know I’m going to be playing it on repeat over and over.  If you toss in a little more melody on Segall’s formula for psych-rock, perhaps remove a bit of hazy tones, and this is pretty much what you’re going to get.  I know, right! Sounds pretty awesome, so jump on the wagon now, and prepare for Cronin to come to Austin in September (17th) with Ty.

[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Apathy.mp3]

Download: Mikal Cronin -Apathy [MP3]

New Jam from Wax Museums

It’s been a long week, and I really something that would kick me in the teeth, no apologies.  I got exactly that today when I got the new song from Wax Museums in my inbox today.  This Texas punk group are going to be releasing their new LP, Eye Times, on Trouble in Mind Records on June 28th, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic.  Their brash and noisy, yet totally controlled, giving you an adventure that will allow you to bounce around the living room with your pals.  Sometimes high-octane punk rock can cure all your ills, and that’s precisely what this tune does.  Need a fix? Here you go.

[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/08-Tunguska.mp3]

Download: Wax Museums – Tunguska [MP3]

More New Music From Night Beats

Here’s another new tripped out psych song from Seattle based rock band Night Beats.  This one is called “Dial 666” and will also appear on the band’s upcoming self-titled debut LP out June 28th on Trouble in Mind Records.  In the ever growing garage/psych movement, this is an up and coming band to pay attention to.

[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Night-Beats-Dial-666.mp3]

Download: Night Beats – Dial 666 [MP3]

New Music From The Night Beats

Seattle based band The Night Beats mine as well change their address and move down to Austin, because their sound truly evokes images of some of our favorite psych rockers in town.  Ironically enough, the band will be making their way into town next weekend for the annual Psych Fest at the Seaholm Power Plant.  This new song “Ain’t Dumbo” will appear on the upcoming debut self-titled LP from The Night Beats due out June 28th on Trouble in Mind Records.

[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/TheNighBeats_AintDumbo.mp3]

Download: The Nigh Beats – Ain’t Dumbo [MP3]

New Track from Wax Museums

The incestuous punk rock scene in Texas is alive and well, and I’m grateful for that fact. Wax Museums returns to the forefront of the movement with their latest release, Eye Times, after a three year hiatus, which will be in stores June 28th via Trouble in Mind Records. Lyrically, you’ll probably find the track to be a touch on the simple side, but it’s such a quick power-driven number that you can’t help but get attached from the moment those drums clash with the guitars in a cacophonous moment of energy and melody.  With members from Bad Sports, Silver Shampoo and Mind Spiders, there’s not a reason in the world why this won’t be super awesome.

[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/WaxMuseums_EyeTimes_Sunburn.mp3]

Download: Wax Museums – Sunburn [MP3]

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