In case you haven’t already been tagging along with Brendan Bond of A. Sinclair and What Made Milwaukee Famous on his travels on tour with both of these local bands, here is his latest and third installment depicting life on the road. If you missed Part One or Part Two, feel free to go back and catch up, or simply jump in and read on for more details describing this leg of the tour and some tips from along the way. Be sure to check out the latest addition of The Song in the Van for some tunes to put you in the touring state of mind while you read.
We continue to check in with our friends A. Sinclair, seeing how the road is treating them and what not. Brendan Bond is back with his insights, his anxieties and the story of a man playing in two bands. We won’t bore you with too many more details, we’ll just get straight to it. Don’t forget to check out both bands Brendan is working with, A. Sinclair and What Made Milwaukee Famous. Read more
A while back we thought it would be great to see the world from the eyes of touring Austin acts. We did a little run with our friends in Shivery Shakes, but now we’ve got some new insight from A. Sinclair, who are touring with their friends What Made Milwaukee Famous. Brendan Bond, one of the guitarists in the group, is filling us in with his insights from the road…or in this case…offering us a Handy Guide to touring with a band. Read on to see what Brendan has to say…and don’t forget to check out the recent A. Sinclair EP, Pretty Girls. Read more
Out of the ashes of two great bands, come two new great bands. And perhaps it wasn’t even ashes, but a change in direction, which has brought us A. Sinclair (frmly Frank Smith) and Otis the Destoryer (frmly the Couch). Both bands will be releasing EPs tonight over at the Mohawk, which is a definite reason to show your face. A. Sinclair are offering up their Pretty Girls EP, and Otis the Destroyer are offering us the Dark Arts EP. We consider both bands to be two of the top acts in town, though admittedly that list is growing and growing. Plus, because you have to have great openers, the bands have chosen Chasca and the Docs to open the night up. You should definitely stop by this evening…there isn’t a better option out there. The show starts at 10 inside, right after the Red Fang show.
The time is near folks. In fact, in less than 24 hours you’ll be able to get your hands on the brand new Pretty Girls EP from Austin’s A. Sinclair. We’ve been writing quite a bit about the group lately, as we’re really excited to see the increased output from the band, not to mention their growing maturity in songwriting. Today we bring you a brand new song, “Throwing Up on the Ground,” which features more twang than the previous two singles the band have released. It demonstrates the careful balance between the band’s influences and their ability to rock live. And, speaking of rocking, the band will be doing just that, live at the Mohawk this Thursday, celebrating the release of the brand new EP; they’ll be joined by Otis and the Destroyer, Chasca, and the Docs.
A. Sinclair is on a roll here with the latest single from the Pretty Girls EP. This track opens up with a similar riff to that of English Beat‘s “Mirror in the Bathroom,” but the song gets a little more discordant as it pushes along. It’s representative of a new attitude, now that the group has tossed aside the Frank Smith name; it also embodies the forceful attitude that the band have brought to their live sets lately. Don’t think they’ve thrown away their knack for a touch of pop, with “Suit Up” slowing for a brief moment just before the 1 minute mark. Their new EP hits on May 20th, followed by a release show on May 22nd at Mohawk.
The great thing about our fair city is that with all the huge traveling shows drawing people out, we can also sneak off to our favorite venues to catch a lot of the great local acts. And, for those of you out on the town already…you’ve had a few drinks so far, so you may as well go the extra mile and catch one of these three suggested shows below. I promise you won’t be disappointed in your night. Check out these gigs:
Think No Think, A. Sinclair, Lowen @ Mohawk – 9 PM – Free if you’re already at the Future Islands gig.
A Giant Dog, The Stuffies, Trustees, DJ Andrew McCalla @ Hotel Vegas – 9 PM – Not a single bad band on this bill.
Tele Novella, The Sour Notes @ Stubbs – 10 PM – It’s a free show following the modern day version of Wilson Phillips, Haim.
Here’s some tracks by some of the bands playing (A.Sinclair, A Giant Dog, Sour Notes) on the evening, hoping you go local, then go home.
We’ve been patiently waiting for the new EP of A. Sinclair, the band formerly known as Frank Smith; a new song is here today. Singer Aaron promised us that the band would be building a louder sound, which fits more with the band’s live performances of late. While the opening of the tune ambles a bit in the way of atmospherics, the song jumps into a rocking jam within seconds, collecting all the promise we’ve seen in the band over the last several years. If you’ve been following the group, you’re going to be proud of the confidence and craftsmanship this tune shows. Get ready to hear their new Pretty Girls EP when it’s released on May 20th.
Despite the debates of recent months concerning Free Week and proper pay, it’s probably best if we look at the unique situation set up by promoters here in town (and Transmission wasn’t the only force putting on great shows!). For a little over a week, every big venue in town was filling out line-ups with their favorite acts, the newest bands and the old stand-bys. Personally, I had an incredible time, and relished in the environment Austin offers.
Here’s some thoughts for you, as well as my highlights.