Usually the year begins in January, but I typically don’t get my musical gears started until after SXSW. So I started thinking about the Austin scene, and honestly, I think it’s really struggling right now (and I don’t quite know who to blame). But, I wanted to give a shout out to five bands that I think are going to make a huge impact this year in Austin and/or Texas, at least that’s what I’m hoping to see from them. These aren’t in any particular order, so just go with it, and if you see that one of these bands is playing…do Austin a favor and actually go watch them play. Oh, and we included one Houston act because they’re here all the time and we love them. Deal with it.
It’s been almost a whole month since I’ve been able to post about Tiger Waves, so I’ll happily spend today giving them some more praise. Soon, their new album, Don’t Be Yourself will be hitting the streets, and it’s shaping up to be a diverse piece of incredible pop. Early views have the band with a little more step, but then this track simply floors you. There’s a careful bit of restraint in the song’s tempo, and it casually unfolds along the lines of this mellow, but sublime melody. Whether it’s just me or not, these dudes are simply doing great things right now. You can get a six song sampler of the album free by going HERE, and the album should be out before SXSW.
Download: Tiger Waves – Underground [MP3]
There was another Council Meeting at The North Door and it just so happened that friends of ATH, The Great Nostalgic and Tiger Waves, were playing through the curtains. What a lovely way to spend an evening; playing jams and shooting jams being jammed. Lots of jamming, in fact. Jam has become our favorite thing.
Tasty drinks, booty drops, plenty of extras joining in because of multiple birthdays. You may have missed it, but it was documented for posterity. Click through…
Over here at ATH we’ve been raving about Tiger Waves for some time, but we hadn’t seen the young band in the live setting just yet. So, we jumped at the chance to catch the boys over at Frank, along with a few other local Austin acts, Milk Thistle and Gentleman Rogues.
Read on for our thoughts.
||Thursday, Jan 19th
||$6 @ the Door
There are clearly some great bands playing at Frank on Thursday night, such as Gentleman Rogues and Milk Thistle, but the band I’m most excited to see is Tiger Waves. I’ve raved about them here for the past couple of months, and they’ve been generous enough to share some of their tunes with us; however, I’ve yet to actually catch them in the live setting. They’ve got this old fashioined pop sound, seemingly crafted with great care, and if they can capture every bit of their recorded sound live, then I’ll probably return to rave about them again on Friday. I know there are other shows about town, but this seems like the best place to be Thursday.
Download: Tiger Waves – From The Start [MP3]
I know, I know, I’ve been harping on Tiger Waves quite a bit, but it’s deserved love I’m throwing at these up-and-comers. The more tracks they let me have, the more I can’t wait to sink in my chair and absorb the whole album. As we get closer to the release of Don’t Be Yourself, more tracks are coming your way, and they’re nothing short of incredible. Just listen to the rising pop beauty in this new song, accompanied by sunny coastline vocals. The track below will be featured on the band’s single as the A Side, and soon enough we’ll have the whole record! Oh, and if you want to catch the band live, they’ll be playing next Thursday at Frank, but don’t worry, I’ll be sure to remind you about that one!
Download: Tiger Waves – A Smirk And A Smile [MP3]
I’ve raved and raved about Tiger Waves for the past few months on this site, even tossing their last effort into our Top Texas Albums of 2011. And now I’m going to heap more praise on the band, as they’ve just unleashed a few more preview tracks from their upcoming record, Don’t Be Yourself. There’s this trace of modern lo-fi in the tracks, but I can’t help but see a slight connection between some of the dark pop groups that burst out of the late 1960s, like the Zombies. Every time I listen to these tracks, I just start to itch for the complete full-length to come my way. If the following track is any indicator, this is going to be one helluva record you won’t want to miss in 2012.
Download: Tiger Waves – From The Start [MP3]
If you checked out our Top Texas Albums List, you might have noticed a little known band, Tiger Waves. In my opinion, the band deserves all sorts of adoration, and this new track should definitely prove to you that you basically need to spend your weekend getting your hands on their old works, falling in love, then enjoying this new track. Word on the streets is that 2012 should feature a new record from the Austin/Chicago based group. In this new song, music sort of trickles in carefully, then the vocals harmoniously dance atop it all, creating this dreamy song that you won’t want to miss. Do yourself a favor and spread the word; bands like this deserve all the love they can get.
Download: Tiger Waves – I Hope You Feel Alright [MP3]
Oh man, is 2011 over already? It is indeed, which means End of Year list time! Of course, that means it’s time for you to tell us where we went wrong, but on this list, we’re thinking we got it pretty right on. You’ll notice we expanded our list to a Top 15 of Texas Artists, as we thought our state did a great job, musically (not politically) speaking this year. I’ll admit, it might be a little Austin-centric, but we’re based in the town, so get the Austin word a lot faster. Apologies to Houston and San Antonio, as your scenes weren’t represented, but it’s nothing personal. Feel free to leave us a comment to yell at us or tell us we were right on. But, that being said, remember this is just the OPINION of a few dudes keeping it real in Austin.
Often times I get a bit saddened, thinking that the Austin music scene seems to be in sort of a rut, but going back over this year’s releases, I realized there are some definite local gems. One of the ones I completely forgot about is Only Good Bands Have Animal Names by Tiger Waves. Don’t know how I stumbled upon it, but it’s definitely worth a visit. Still, to get to the point, the band released a new single not too long ago, so I thought I’d give it a look see. It’s this building number that trickles ever so carefully, sort of in the manner that Ducktails constructs songs. It’s a song that takes you on a quiet journey, and sometimes, those are the best to take.
Download: Tiger Waves – Take Me Home [MP3]