Sunday was the chill day for ATH for ACL WE2. I wasn’t approved by St. Vincent or Arctic Monkeys. Day six was even steamier than I would like to remember. Consider the wall hit, but it by will alone I set my mind in motion….and Janelle Monae’s extraordinary presence.
Friday was Alvvays going to be Nathan’s favorite day, even if he was never a Beatles fan.
Saturday did give us a treat in the form of Durand Jones and the Indications. There were a few other lovely highlights for the fam.
We are all in on this band (my favorite people from Korea behind Son Heung-min) and if you haven’t listened yet, here is the current jam “B-Lover” by Say Sue Me in video form, super spy-style. To our friends over the Atlantic, the band is kicking off some European dates with tickets available.
I make no mystery of my love for the synthy goodness, especially when it can carry a heavy tone. Public Memory is one such project led by Robert Toher.
Landing here on the pending release of the second LP, titled Demolition, the song embedded below is called “The Line”. Tension builds as the open of the track takes a stranglehold, running longer and longer, creating tension with the addition of a rising and falling sawtooth only to have haunting by high octave tones add to that stress. The release lands willfully under a flood of harmonies followed by the initial vocals only to quiet again to give lyrics space.
Demolition is due 11/9 on Felte.
We’ve got a local-flavored premier here, the second single by Western Youth from their upcoming release. “The King Is Gone” kicks off with a big guitar making a big guitar noise and settles into a groove that wreaks of Austin. If you ever wonder how one started an evening downtown in the early 90’s, it often sounded like this. Flourishes of piano and organ interplay and harmonize with the guitar and vocals; it is a sound you can only have when you have enough people on stage, enough instruments, enough pedigree lending their voices as the song ebbs and wanes through choruses and solos.
You can preorder the album due September 21 by clicking here, or have a listen live and pick up the record at the release party at Spiderhouse. It reset my headspace and now I can get on with my Friday.
…and have a new release to share, as well.
I am now officially on the hype train for this new record. The Twilight Sad have been a band that have always carried a weight around with them, but it seems they have found away to distribute that weight a bit in their recent track that had no tie in to an upcoming record. We learn that Andy and James, the driving force behind The Twilight Sad have, in fact shared the load a bit by adding the “touring” members of the band Brendan Smith and Johnny Docherty into the studio for production.
Today, we get another fantastic preview to the new record that instead of building, it smolders in a dark wave melody. The new record called IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME will be releases on Rock Action on January 18th, pre-order here.
Several years back, I raved about The New Division. While they have stayed on my playlists, I have neglected to share any recent tracks. In checking in on the band, I learned that John Kunkel has teamed with James Meays, Missing Words, for a project called Digital Shades.
It triggers thoughts of all the glorious, yet brooding synth pop that feels slow and fast at the same time. I pick up tension in space left between notes and treatment of vocals as songs build and move towards shining guitar crescendo to drop to a synth hook or momentary silence. The recently released EP is called Moonraker, “I’m Still Here” is a pleasant intro. You will get your Alphaville, Ultravox, M83 vibe strings pulled.
Please don’t sleep on this Twilight Sad track; I am using the release of the video to remind you to listen. The video, much like the song, is swirling and fuzzy with moments of disturbed clarity for punctuation. Directed by Brendan Jay Smith, edited by Michael Sherrington, it uses VHS with overlays with repeated imagery devolving into a negative. More importantly, put your headphones on and let loose.
They are hitting the west coast, Canada and east coast in October/early November before returning to Europe for more dates. New record soon? We can only hope.
Mohawk has long been a favorite venue of ours. It is a home base to start a night and hosted several of our favorite shows over the years, both touring and local. The venue has a following and has been named to best venues lists in several clickbait articles, heh. So many reasons why, but Cody Cowan has been a rock to keep making those gains. Along with being a friend and damn fine photographer, Cody will be leaving his position as GM at Mohawk to become the executive director of the Red River Cultural District. Frankly, we could not think of a better human to trust with our beloved venues. He was a leader in the initiative to get the noise curfew pushed back for Red River venues that has seen revenue increases for clubs that were affected. Chad Swiatecki has a nice intro piece up over at Austin Monitor.
What are your wants and needs for Red River? Let us know.
ps The photo is from a couple years back, but I think it works for this story.
Who will you miss when you see Chuhvurches? Deftones on Weekend One, Disturbed on Weekend Two.
David Byrne or Golden Dawn? If your out-of-town buddies haven’t been in the Arkestra and have seen Byrne, you know the answer.
Blood Orange or Sharon Van Etten? Pleased to say, that may the worst conflict.
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