Being Dead was the belle of the ball last weekend at Chups with the release of their amazing EP. It is clever, fun, aggressive and unique and you should buy it. Along for the ride at the big party were Daphne Tunes, Blood, Chronophage and Batty.
Look, I was getting a little concerned about the poppier side of Robert Alfons, but all things are set right in the universe with this dark beauty. Pre-order link, Tour Info link (including a stop in Austin).
Flesh Lights has long been a favorite of ATH, it was cemented for me when they opened for Thee Oh Sees (the old name) at La Zona Rosa. Remember, I said a long time favorite. I know we were happy as hell to put this record out. Elissa came out from the drum kit, the band donned Bandanas to do a rousing edition of “Institutionalized”
I love a good house party. I have experience with warehouse parties (don’t remember some of them). I love a party in a backyard. I am fond of parking lot parties, too. Plenty of friends joined us for shenanigans at the loading dock at Fine Southern Gentlemen. Flesh Lights had Werewolf and Dregs join in.
Last Friday, we celebrated this record with friends at Mohawk with Bayonne performing the songs live for the first time. Today, we celebrate the record’s release. Drastic Measures is an evolved sound, at times up front and varied, I especially like the clean piano start of this track and following ballad evolution interrupting by a swell of percussive synth and loops.
Since I mentioned it, how about we spend a second talking about the show and I share some photos. Just click that read more below or keep scrolling.
I will have to admit upon bonus listens that the previously released track “Gone” left me a bit flat. This is more like it.
The first of a pair of 2019 releases named Destroyer is due 4/19 on Grouch via House Arrest. About this track, it is a reunion collab with Maya Postepski; she was there for the formation of the TR/ST project, co-writing and touring. I am curious of how they reached the balance here after being solo for a spell. Who brought pop sensibilities, who wanted to go darker?
Robert Alfons is the person behind TR/ST. His intense song craft using a dark wave environment, with sweeping changes and underlying tension, have had me hooked from the first note of the first song TR/ST released. The news is that there will be two records this year, The Destroyer — 1 and The Destroyer — 2. Read the full goings on at Billboard, but we leave you with this sample of The Destroyer — 1 titled “Gone”, hinting at a more pop-oriented album.
The ATH IT Department has a combo. We are sharing the brand new track from Auragraph, a solo project from Hector Carlos Ramirez. Hector has worked with several familiar names; Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein and S U R V I V E, Josh Mills of Missions. He is part of the resurgence in the analog synth sounds that have been so welcomed by myself and many electronic music fans for bringing back a lo-fi honesty to creation of waveforms and beats. We also have a little Q&A for you by following the jump after the video for the song “Polywave” via Outer Limits Records.
I have been a fan of Underworld since Chip slid an import single to me fresh out of the Thursday arrivals box at Technophoilia. It was quite a while ago. Beaucoup Fish is still among my favorite records and if you haven’t invested time with it, by all means.
Travelling in a space that can be abrasive, elegant, haunting or aggressive, the longevity of the band that was born out of a one-hit-wonder (“Doot Doot”, Freur) is impressive. The music created by Karl Hyde and Rick Smith is varied yet identifiable. The latest project is entitled Drift. They have been collaborating with people in unique spaces and the most realized track to be born out of the Drift project to date is “Appleshine”. The song features Georgia and Lewis from Black Country, New Road on violin and flute with visuals by Simon Taylor. I recommend headphones and isolation.
Looking back at SxSW 2018, given this year’s conference is six weeks away (yikes), seeing The Foreign Resort was among the oddest things. Totally random lineup that night on a horrible “stage” in a terrible venue that hopefully will not be used again this year. …but their set was bad ass.
They’ve released the first confirmation that their perfect post-punk formula will be applied on the pending record due April 5th via Artoffact Records. The title track “Outnumbered” is embedded below. As a bonus, you can check out a remix of “Under Bright Neon Stars” by our friends Nite here.
It’s been a hot minute since free week, that thing where bands play to help put money in tip jars for the venues during a typically very dead week in Austin that also serves as a test run for SxSW. We obviously have several friends involved in many aspects of Free Week. One friend of mine is Ismael Quintanilla III. He has shared his photos with us before, but he is also part of a pretty rad little music project called The Guacamole Police and Officer Hass. Unique perspective, shooting and playing Free Week, I poked the bear to get some response.
Read on for some of Ish’s great Free Week photos and some insight into putting in the work…