Houston’s Sam Turner and the Cactus Cats just dropped Wanna Be Your Man, and to guarantee it gets the much needed attention we wanted to point you towards one of my favorite tracks on the album, “Hold Me Love Me.” This track has that growling country vibe, filled to the brim with swagger and stomp. I love the crisp feel of the guitar in the front of the mix, not to mention the feeling that the band are having a huge amount of fun writing these songs (hear those howls). Still, it’s ultimately a love song, and be it indiepop or country-stomp, I’m a sucker. You can grab the album from Roofus and Friends or stream it on Spotify.
When you listen to Sam Turner & the Cactus Cats, it’s going to be hard to not feel the Southern vibe in the vocal tones. But, don’t just file this away under Texas folk/Americana, as the group seems to owe far more debt to indie traditions than it might first appear. I love the way the song has this circular feel, sweeping you away to tap your toes as guitar notes shoot off into the distance and the song returns to its steady stomp. Plus, the melody of the verse as Sam sings “I belong with no one but you” is sublimely memorable. This song is the title track to the band’s debut LP, Wanna Be Your Man, which is being released on June 9th via Roofus and Friends; there’s a release show on the same day in Houston if you’re in that neck of the woods!
I’m really excited for you all to hear Baby Lucy; it’s the project of Troy Tabner, who played drums for one of our favorite acts in Austin, Sweet Talk. However, he’s now married and living in Houston, writing songs on his own. Your first listen should have you as excited as we are, filled with a galloping pace wrapped around Tabner’s vocals and strumming. There’s lightly placed backing vocals and a joyous chorus. It’s one of those tracks that immediately makes you feel uplifted, happy to just be walking on this Earth. The Baby Lucy LP is going to be released on October 14th via new label Roofus & Friends Records, so enjoy your listening, and keep an eye out for more from the project.