It’s Friday, and you need something to do. You’re in Austin, looking for a great show. Problem solved, you should be at Cheer Up Charlies for the anticipated release of Alex Napping‘s debut LP, courtesy of Punctum Records. It’d be easy to just say, go see Alex Cohen play; she and the band are great. And that’s very true. But, in order to draw a solid crowd, you’ve got to have some great opening acts, like Big Bill, Soft Swells and Lowin. Big Bill‘s oddball garage rock never fails to impress. Soft Swells are on the trustworthy label, Modern Outsider (local label!). Lowin, well, let’s just say this is one of the next big things to get out of Austin. Solid bill from start to finish. Get there at 8 in time for things to kick off!
This is the version of Austin’s Alex Napping that I like the most. There’s still depth to the craftsmanship of the track, and the vocals are, as always, performed well. But, my love for this number comes from the guitar tones; they’re light-hearted in their angular movement. The rolling drums that fade out with the vocal after the 3 minute mark are also a nice touch…it’s definitely a strong way to finish off the tune. You can grab their record This Is Not a Bedroom from our friends over at Punctum Records on September 23rd.
Austin musicians have had a pretty rad week. Although we’ve mostly dealt with the rocking side of things with Spray Paint and Jonly Bonly, but today we get a glimpse at an emerging Austin pop act, Alex Napping. That being said, we’ve already caught the band’s great live set…not to mention talked about various members of the band in their other projects (Major x 3, anything w/ Andrew Stevens). I love how this tune is drawn out over five minutes, gradually building pace after a soft little opening. Alex Cohen’s voice couldn’t sound any better; she don’t need no auto-tune. Look for the band’s debut album, This Is Not a Bedroom, to come out via our friends at Punctum Records in late September.
We like to promote the greater Austin community, despite being told there isn’t one. So today we’re encouraging you to hit up Cheer Up Charlies to party down for the release of True Sincerity #1, a quarterly journal by our friend Bryan over at Pop Press International. Not only is he working on putting out a great little local zine, but he’s also organizing a great show to celebrate. The line-up is full of bands we all love: it features: Borrisokane, Feverbones, Alex Napping, Tele Novella and Major x 3. It’s a night to enjoy local revelry and celebrate the creativity of like-minded individuals in town. Plus, it’s a chill spot to hang. Here’s a hit from Major Major Major to get you amped. The show is free, with a suggested donation.
Download: Major Major Major – God Doesn’t Want Us [MP3]