Not only do we get to write about music every day, but we also put out a bunch of records! Our next release on ATH Records is really personal, as I grew up listening to Gabe Hascall and his band the Impossbiles throughout my high school years. He’s been away from Austin for a minute, living in Portland, but he’s returned, and blessed us with this incredible LP, Thousands of Thorns. Those that were familiar with his band Slowreader will hear some similarities, but this feels more personal, more intimate. I’ve been waiting and waiting to get this record into your hands, and the time is near, as Thousands of Thorns will be out on April 10th.
Austin label Keeled Scales are clearly some of our favorite people; they’ve pretty much exploded into one of the best labels in the US, so we’re glad they had a few moments to list out their 10 Most Listened to LPs of 2019!
Be sure to visit their SITE and check out all the great releases; I’d start with this year’s Jordan Moser record, then maybe hop back to that Julia Lucille LP (if you were asking me!). They’ve also made us a great playlist of their favorite tunes from this year, as well as some hits from their artists, all after the jump!
ATH Records had yet another record hit the streets with Shivery Shakes‘ Weird Weather. Naturally, we should have a party. I was bummed to have been travelling when everyone was celebrating label mates Mean Jolene, so it was the key objective for my week to be out and about on a school night to listen to the dudes play the new record front to back. Antone’s was a lovely host. Click through for pics a plenty that includes friends Slomo Drags and Go Fever who were kind enough to also share jams and sell us more merch.
Having followed the Zoltars for some time, I cannot begin to share how excited we are to have the privilege of releasing their next LP this October. In honor of that release, we thought we’d try out another gem for your ears…so lets get to it. For me, there’s two reasons I love this track…especially going into this week (the first week of school). One, there’s this great contrast between dark and light; the riffs are heavy from the get-go, churned and driving, but the chorus changes that into this shimmering light creeping in from the horizon. But, like all great songs, they need great lyrics or themes…as a teacher dealing with kids (though this applies to all humans), thematically its about seeing your own gifts. If you’re interested in buying Telling Stories, you can pre-order the whole LP right HERE.
One of the first records we put out on our little ATH Records label was the debut LP from Austin’s Shivery Shakes; it seems like so so long ago, but now we’ve got something new working for you. The band have signed on to let us put out Weird Weather, their follow-up album…it’s slated for a late September release. Today I bring you one of the standout numbers from the LP, which has also been one of my favorite live jams as of late; I love the way it builds all the way, then has this huge breakdown at the end. If you’re into supporting the album, and you want a fancy copy on pink vinyl…you can grab it HERE.
The boys are back in town! Shivery Shakes announced their upcoming LP, Weird Weather, a few weeks back, but today, they’ve finally shared a track for our listening pleasure. This hometown four piece has been wowing us with their weirdo brand of surf pop tunes for a while, releasing their debut LP Three Waves & A Shake way back in 2014. Since then they’ve been quiet, but begin their triumphant return, ironically, with “No Return.” Impossibly tight knit beachy guitar riffs crash and collide with shimmery percussion, grounding bass lines and Will Glosup’s fuzzy vocals. The result is a track that’s perfect for the summer; listening to this song, you feel the need to get in your car, roll down the windows, pull on your shades and start driving to the beach or any body of water.
Weird Weather will be out sometime late September on our very own ATH Records. Word on the street is that this will be the pop album of the year. Take a listen to the perfect summer jam below and get stoked.
We’ve been operating the label here now for half a dozen years, and each year, I’m forever grateful to the bands that let me put myself behind their music. And for years, I’ve fawned over She Sir, one of Austin’s most underrated acts; I bugged them enough until they finally agreed to let me release their new Ways a Season EP. You can grab a copy of the limited orange vinyl HERE, but I also wanted you to be able to stream the EP with a little bit of commentary by yours truly. There are not enough words to say how proud I am of the label and this release, so please go down and listen to everything below.
Austin folks can catch the band at End of an Ear on March 31st for a free in-store performance.
We love putting out really amazing albums, really amazing ones. Just this week we’ve got the Hermits self-titled album dropping on a beautiful green cassette! It’s filled with these scuzzy pop songs that are bound to get stuck in your head from the minute you press play. You don’t believe me? Listen to “Ruby Red Summer,” a song so good it will ruin the rest of your day…as you’ll likely listen to nothing else. The band celebrate the release of the new LP this Thursday over at Cheer Up Charlies with The Oysters, Nevil and Being Dead. But, if you’re not in Austin, then by all means, stream the LP below…and head HERE to grab it from ATH Records. If you miss the album release, they’ll also be part of our ATH vs SOTO party on Sunday, March 10th at Hotel Vegas.
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.
As a web site, we cover stuff from all over the globe, but as ATH Records, we’ve mostly focused our attentions at home in Austin. Then I heard this new album from Bones Garage, and was floored, so I reached out to the band hoping they’d let me put out a tape for Oi Ma Yeah. They complied, so here I am sharing the newest single from the group; the expansive “Homo Sapiens Love.” While the first two singles were straight pop material, this track spans over 6 minutes, working back and forth between post-rock and thoughtful pop. Ambient moments and buzzsaw guitars ring out, though the band uses their patience to calmly tease out the track’s pop sensibility, which floats in with this light guitar bit. I could probably write about this track forever, and never cover all the finer details, so see below for yourself! The album drops March 29th, but if you’re looking for acts to catch at SXSW, pencil this bunch in your schedule.