Bauwaves are a new band to our local scene, featuring ex-members of Wild America and The Fall. They’ve got their debut LP coming out this fall on Salinas Records, but for now we’ve got a little slice of their rambunctious punk energy in the form of “Just For Kicks.” The high energy of cymbal crashing percussion combined with the mega distorted guitar riffs and just slightly off-kilter vocals make for a riot of a track. Excited to see what comes next from this new project on the block–keep your eye out for Bauwaves around town.
Saeyers is the indie pop project of Marshall Lewis– a native of Bloomington, Indiana. His music is bedroom pop, fleshed out a bit beyond the barebones that sometimes accompany that genre. “Someday” is the fourth track he’s released from his self-titled debut EP, and it’s a lush number, with Lewis’ impossibly soft vocals at the front and center, followed closely by the dueling electric and acoustic guitar parts. It’s a bright and sunny track, and there are many layers to explore, so take a listen and fall for Saeyers.
Tracy Bryant is a singer/songwriter out of Los Angeles who has a new surf-rock inspired tune that hits a little bit more on the mellow side than your typical surf tune. “Bury Me” has the guitar riffs you’d expect from a jangly rock track, but they’re doled out in doses. The song starts with acoustic strumming, these gentle male/female Vaselines-esque dueling vocals, but kicks into gear with electric guitar during the chorus. I’m especially feeling this kind of garage-rock during these August dog days of summer. “Bury Me” feels right to put on while lounging in the shade perhaps with an icy beverage or two.
Hush will be out on 8/30 via First and Foremost Records—pre-order your copy here.
We’ve been sharing tunes from Brooklyn’s Matt Meade, aka Spritzer, for a good while now, but Meade doesn’t show signs of stopping his production of killer indie rock tunes, so we’re gonna keep spreading the good news. The latest offering from Spritzer is “Get Me Out” which moves away from the high octane, tight knit riff-driven indie rock of his past and pushes into more of a chilled out space. This track slinks along with swagger; Meade’s whispery vocals a plea for escape amidst the mellow guitar grooves. Take a listen below and get ready for his upcoming album that will be out quite soon on 8/23.
Amy O, out of Bloomington, Indiana, is making the kind of pop tunes that brighten the day. Her honeyed vocals combined with some gritty guitars turn out to be the perfect juxtaposition for a bubbly pop gem. As Amy Oelsner explains, “Planet Blue” is “about recognizing and appreciating the luxury of having space to grieve and feel hard feelings…And how light, silly feelings can sometimes coexist with depression,” which I’ve found is mirrored in the sonic structure of this track. You get the dark and distorted guitars during the chorus and Amy’s light, whimsical vocals to balance it all out. This track is taken from Amy O’s upcoming LP, Shell, which will be out on October 25 via Winspear—preorder it here.
A little ways back, Omni announced that they’d signed to the giant Sub Pop, and today they’ve shared that a new album is on the way! Networker will be the Atlanta trio of post-punkers’ third full length LP, and it will be gracing our ears on November 1. From the sound of “Sincerely Yours,” it appears that we’ll be getting more of what we love from Omni–impossibly angular guitar riffs, the playful, yet full of swagger vocals delivery of front man Phillip Frobos and crisp percussion. Part of the allure of any Omni track is that you know exactly what you’re getting into, but that doesn’t make you any less inclined to hang on every word and riff. Take a listen below and pre-order Networker here.
Cuesta Loeb is the bedroom rock project of Christina Cuesta Loeb, a classically trained musician out of NYC who has found her voice in the grungier grit of alternative tunes. She’s shared a new track called “Wasted,” which is about the simple desire for a night in with some booze, which everyone needs now and again, if that’s your thing. The melodrama of this sentiment is reflected in the sleepy vocals, sleek guitar riffs and catchy chorus. For fans of Snail Mail, Soccer Mommy, and Mitski, Cuesta Loeb is sure to find a place in your listening mix.
Y’all know how we like to keep things rad in the ATX, so I’m quite pleased to share this track from Slideshow, who are probably your next favorite local band. They made some waves already with their track, “Midnight Language” last month and last Friday they released their debut EP by the same title. Equal parts new wave and bedroom pop, the band combines fuzzy vocals, reverb soaked guitar riffs that crash and collide infinitely over each other, and danceable bass and drum beats to make for lovely listening. This new track “Nothing To See” reminds me of the janglyness of Wild Nothing and Beach Fossils. It’s a lovely track that begs you to press repeat–keep a look out for this band in the future, as we can expect some big things for sure.
Supine is the solo project of Patrick Murphy from Birmingham, UK, who also releases music with the likes of his band Violet. With Supine, he is making chilled out bedroom pop that just hits you like a ray of warm sunshine. “Change” is a buttery smooth track, with super gooey guitar riffs that melt into each other, the lovely nuances of horns towards the end, and bright bursts of synths. This track is taken from the band’s new EP, which is out today. Go over to their Bandcamp and listen to the whole thing.
A week after a weekend of Hot Summer Nights with most local bands playing bills would mean a bit of downtime for show-goers this weekend…if this was any other city besides Austin, TX. There’s always some live music to get into here in the ATX, and this Friday’s choice for me will be our own Jackie Venson, who just got back in town after a bit of a tour through Europe and is bringing her loop-filled eccentric bluesy indie rock to One-2-One Bar for a night of homecoming celebration. Venson released her studio album,Joy, earlier this year to much acclaim and success, growing her already cult-like following of fellow fans of crisp guitar riffs, lovely soulful vocals and a radiant stage presence. Go scoop some limited tickets to this show tomorrow night — doors are at 8:30, show starts at 9pm.