Today you can grab the new Careless Creatures EP from Wiretree, but in case you need a push in the right direction, we wanted to toss out this track to catch your ear. For me, I was sold on the background beat; it’s reminiscent of the simple catchy electro hooks Depeche Mode was crafting in the early 80s…never go outta style. Kevin Peroni’s voice still maintains its usual softness, fitting in perfectly to the bedroom bounce he’s crafted on this tune. Feels sort of like taking late 90s college rock and upping the ante with a big dose of sugar…I don’t mind that at all. Give a listen.
This is a tough list, as there’s a bevy of great music within the confines of our fair city. We’ve even had our hand in putting out some great releases this year…though I can’t include them as I fear the wrath of nepotism.
Plus, it’s nice to see what everyone else is up to around these parts.
It seems like it has been rather slow out there in the musical world…unless of course you’re living here in Austin (but please don’t move here). This week we’ve got a new Xetas LP and the release of Slack Capital 2. But, last week I missed this great release from Wiretree, so I figured I should go back in time and offer you a nice little stream. It’s a collection of folk-inspired indiepop. Album opener “Let Me In” was definitely a standout track, until I kept going back, where I landed on “Dive” as my new favorite. But the fun is that you don’t have to listen to a word I say, just enjoy the great release.
Wow. I did not expect to fall in love with this new Wiretree so quickly. This song, while brief, is the perfect bit of pop music. In seconds, it builds anticipation, leaving plenty of space for the vocals to sweep you off your feet. I love how some vocal notes are accentuated by piano notes and pronounced strums. There’s such a lightheartedness to it that it reminds me of the Wrens, though with a touch more polish. Before you know it, the song wraps up, and you rush back to hit play again. Rest assured, your ears aren’t fooling you; this song is that good!
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Austin’s Wiretree have been relatively quiet the last few years, but it looks like at long last we get to hear brand new music from the band, and it sounds like we’re in for a real treat. Our first listen to the group’s new work comes via this brief gem, appearing on their album Towards the Sky. It’s a gentle pop track, centered on acoustic strumming, playful piano and voice; there’s a lightness to the song’s simplicity, really bringing the track’s harmony to the forefront. Consider me a fan, and I hope you’ll consider yourself one too; the album drops on March 1st.
El Campo came onto my radar a few years ago with a little work they did for Punctum Records, but the band has been really hard at work over the last year, touring all over, and even having time to sit together and record this track off their recent Double AA record. I love the video, illustrating not only the pop-centric Americana, but the bond of friendship shared by the band members themselves. This is our, and your, first glimpse of the family-style video…hopefully it point out why you should check these boys out. Oh, and where can you see them? They’re playing this Friday night at Lamberts with Wiretree. Doors for the show are at 10 PM (More info HERE). See you there? If not, grab the new AA record HERE.
So we talk quite bit about supporting the locals. We also suggested making supporting the locals easier with folding in the artists in smart ways. Our friends at The Mohawk had a great idea; why not fill a night off with an inside/outside show for a cheap cover to help you see a ton of local talent? Make it so.
Perfect excuse to have fun with the nifty fifty and spend a night milling about The Mohawk and saying hi to friends with a soundtrack provided by Little Radar, Wiretree, Young Tongue, Supermoon, Black Books, Modern Medicine and a quick trip next door to catch up with Shivery Shakes at Cheer Up.
Click through for thoughts and plenty of pics!
|Date||Friday, Feb 17th|
|Tickets||$6 at the Door|
We’ve already talked about some of the great shows this weekend, such as Islands and Los Campesinos, but there’s a solid show going on over at the Mohawk with a bunch of local groups we love. Wiretree is headlining the night, and On After Dark are opening, but you should definitely get there to check out Whitman, as the band will be premiering a lot of their new album on the evening. The record’s titled Weekends, and it has some gems for you, so be sure to support our local scene and show up for all the acts of the evening.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/08-NW-Thurman.mp3]
Download: Whitman – NW Thurman [MP3]
|Location||The Ghost Room|
|Tickets||$6 @ Door|
One of my favorite up and coming Austin bands The Pons have a show lined up at The Ghost Room on Saturday night. The local band will be joined by fellow promising local acts Stereo is a Lie, Wiretree, and Search For a Signal. If you want to see the next big thing in the Austin scene, I suggest you make it out to this one.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/the_pons_-_wherever_you_are.mp3]
Download: The Pons – Wherever You Are [MP3]
|Tickets||$5 @ Door|
Friday night at Lamberts is all about the local music, specifically the up and comers in the local scene. Two ATH artist to watch bands, The Pons and Ideal Soul Mart, will be on the stage along with fellow locals Wiretree. This should be a great night to check out the best and brightest Austin has to offer with new talent.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/the_pons_-_wherever_you_are.mp3]
Download: The Pons – Wherever You Are [MP3]