The madness has begun here in Austin, and if last night’s turnout was any indicator, it’s going to be a crazy week for everyone. We have a few more interviews trickling in, so we wanted to be sure that Balms are on your radar as you make that final push towards SXSW.
In a conversation with a friend the other day, he was lamenting about how dream pop sometimes seems so boring, like the notes just hang out there. While I don’t agree, I see what he’s getting at, which is perhaps why the work of Balms is so fascinating. The Cali group began as more of a forceful rock act, slowly evolving into the dreamy notes you hear in their latest single. That early history definitely informs their sound, building a heavy tension just beneath the surface, eventually escaping to the forefront in their work. The band will be self-releasing their Mirror LP this February, so keep your eyes peeled.
|Date||Wednesday, September 18th|
|Tickets||$10 from Red 7|
Let’s be honest Austin, there’s tons of shows coming and going from here until December, but, I’m going out on a limb and saying that this is definitely a show you cannot miss! The openers, The Young, are from Austin, so that’s always good to go out and support, but the two co-headliners, Disappears and Weekend, are just ridiculously good. Both bands have released incredible records (Era and Jinx respectively) within the last couple of months, and both of those albums should pop up on every year-end list, if the music world knows what’s good for it. It’s going to be loud, but it’s going to be beautiful, making Wednesday night’s show something you’ll regret if you don’t find yourself at Red 7.
Download: Weekend – Mirror [MP3]