I first caught wind of Proto Idiot through the 7 inch Andrew released with Trouble in Mind Records; seems like that release fueled him, with more songs being put up as each month goes by. For those of you who grew up with punk rock in your veins, I think you’ll really dig the work from this guy. The songs are pretty simplistic in structure, yet the vocals have that affected British drawl to it, which makes sense for a guy from the UK. The tune below comes from Saturday Nights, but do yourself a favor by going back through the whole Proto Idiot catalogue. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
This past summer we tossed out one of the hits from Woollen Kits‘ most recent 7″, and now we’re more than happy to share with you a brand new track from one of Australia’s best exports. The group is set to release their new album, Four Girls, on November 13th via Trouble In Mind Records, and I, personally, couldn’t be more excited about it. On this new single, you’ll hear a saxophone, adding a bit of classy smoothness to the group’s jangling rock n’ roll swagger. If you’re looking for something to end your 2012 record purchases, I can’t suggest a better way to wrap up your year. This tune’s incredible.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/06-Susannah.mp3]
Download:Woollen Kits – Susannah [MP3]
If you haven’t heard of MMOSS, then I suggest you trudge back in time and find yourself a copy of i; it was one of those records I honestly adored so much that I really didn’t share it with too many people. Now, they’ve got a new effort coming out on one of my favorite labels, Trouble In Mind, and this first single is pretty remarkable if you consider the group recorded the entire upcoming album, Only Children, at home. This first track from the LP has this rise and fall quality of sounds, yet it is able to hold onto this mesmerizing emotional pull that evolves just as the song does. Definitely mark your calendars for November 13th, as you’ll get a chance to hear more from these New Hampshire lads.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/07-Another-Dream.mp3]
Download:MMOSS – Another Dream [MP3]
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.
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 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]
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]
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]
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]
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]