A Night Out With Feverbones, Pollen RX and White Denim

Hello.

Nathan has announced that Feverbones is back and that they will be releasing new material soon on ATH Records. We are all really excited by this, they are remarkably talented musicians and it shows through with every song. It also means that you will be able to see them about town, so a benefit show at Mohawk with White Denim headlining and our friends Pollen RX playing next door at Cheer Up seemed like a perfect excuse to get together and take in a Feverbones set and get a quick band portrait.

So, I have just a few thoughts after the break with plenty of pics…

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ATH Records Welcomes Feverbones

Let’s just throw this out there…you have no idea how excited we are over at the ATH Records team to be working with Feverbones. Abram Shook and his old project the Great Nostalgic were one of our favorite acts when we first started this site 10 years ago. That alone makes it worth it, but you also get Chris Cox and Matthew Shepherd who’ve got an accomplished resume on their own (Adam Torres, Monk Parker, Dana Falconberry, Astrobleme, etc.). We’ll be releasing their new LP in early 2018…but why tell you now? Well, you can sample the band’s sound by listening to their 2014 EP below…plus, the trio hits the stage on Saturday night at the Mohawk, opening for White Denim. You can grab early tickets HERE.

Stream Feverbones below (also available on Spotify, iTunes):

Show Preview + Interview: Fergus and Geronimo

What? You don’t have your own copy of Funky Was the State of Affairs yet? What are you waiting for? It’s one of the most interesting listens of the year, and the band makes their way into Austin at Beerland on Friday night, ready to share their talents with us all. We caught up with the band trying to get the story on their life and their latest release.

ATH:  On Funky Was the State of Affairs you seemingly steer clear of the folk art rock spectrum you were lumped into on the first release.  Was the progression natural or did you actively seek to distance yourself from your past?

F&G: Interesting, because I also saw the folk rock comparison being drawn. I don’t get it. But to answer your question, it’s both.  This band started as friends making music pretty randomly; without too much thought given to cohesion or style. Our first output was really just a collection of songs that didn’t fit with our bands at the time. Both of us are fairly prolific songwriters. When it came time to do the first Lp we had the opportunity to define the bands identity a bit. We were already tired of being lumped into the indie/garage/lo-fi labels that were popular at the time. Music is so much more fun when you stop trying to please others and just do what you’re gonna do. Fergus & Geronimo is a good outlet for me to be a bit more daring than I am in my other bands.

ATH:  Thematically speaking, what’s the most important aspect of the new record you hope people take away after listening? Do you feel that message is being well received by the regular earthlings such as myself, or have we missed the point?

F&G: I don’t really want to make any suggestions about what the audience should take away from the record. Let them glean what they will, because at this point I’m not sure if I even intended any narrative for it. I definitely don’t think its a record for everybody. I mean, there is a reason that this band isn’t headlining festivals, we can only survive in the very small margins of independent rock music that we do. Music is not a universal language, thank god.

ATH:  I think I unjustly lumped you in with bands like White Denim when you first burst onto the Texas scene.  Who do you guys see as your musical contemporaries, be them past or present?

F&G: I identify with bands that are fiercely individualistic. Funkadelic, Sparks, Devo, Quintron, Beck. I’ve never heard White Denim. 

ATH:  When bands create a piece of work like Funky…. I always wonder whether or not the group is taking a jab at listeners.  Do you guys feel like there’s any relevance to that comment, or did you set out just to create a record where you could have the most fun in the studio?

F&G: Yeah I think by nature we Are slightly confrontational.  But, most of the art I enjoy is cut with a healthy dose of aggression. I can feel how somebody might feel alienated by this record and deem it as being tedious. But, that happens all the time, people ask that artists understand them rather than seeking to understand their art.

ATH:  Do you guys feel like you’re appreciated in Texas, or do you have a bigger response from audiences outside of your home state?  I always feel like Texans have a tendency to look the other way until their bands make a bigger name for themselves.

F&G: As much there as anywhere else I suppose, I haven’t noticed any place that has more F&G fans than others really.  I would say our biggest fans are our close friends, many of which are in Texas.

ATH:  If there’s a statement song on Funky Was the State of Affairs, one where you establish the mood/theme/etc for the whole record, which track do you think that is?

F&G: I think it would be the titular track.

ATH: You guys are obviously in the midst of a good long tour.  What’s the one thing you miss the most about being in the comfort of your own home?

F&G: Well it’s only day three so I haven’t really started missing anything yet.  I’m sure the answer for me is alone time.

ATH:  What advice do you have for all the young upstart bands in Texas?  What should their goals be?

F&G: Just do your thing And have fun. Freak life is a beautiful thing, embrace it.

If you like what you hear, you can catch Fergus and Geronimo rocking things out Friday night at Beerland.  Thanks to J. Baxter for help setting up the interview! Pick up Funky Was the State of Affairs now at Hardly Art.

[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Fergus+Geronimo_RomanTick.mp3]

Download:Fergus & Geronimo – RomanTick [MP3]

New Tune from Fergus and Geronimo

It’s funny, I always sort of thought at Fergus and Geronimo as Dallas’ answer to White Denim, giving off that constructional post-rock vibe with odd time signatures and what not, but it seems like a lot of people had that problem with the group; they’re a hard bunch to put into a box.  That being said, the band is returning with Funky Was the State of Affairs on August 7th via Hardly Art, and the title alone suggests that the group could be more all over the map, even a bit funkier perhaps. Doesn’t matter what it sounds like in the long run, as this single alone is enough to kick off things in the right direction.

[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Fergus+Geronimo_RomanTick.mp3]

Download:Fergus & Geronimo – RomanTick [MP3]

Show Preview: White Denim @ Antones (7/9)

Date 7/9/11
Location Antones
Doors 9pm
Tickets $10 @ Ticketfly

One helluva show is going down at Antone’s Saturday night headlined by Austin veterans White Denim.  To make the show completely local, and more enticing to you, the bill includes upcoming taletnts TV Torso, Not in the Face, and Watch Out For Rockets.  That’s an incredible local lineup of heavy hitters if you’re asking me.

[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/White-Denim-Drug.mp3]

Download: White Denim – Drug [MP3]


White Denim – D

Rating: ★★★½ ·

Long the darlings of the Austin music scene, White Denim are now on their fifth full-length studio release since their debut, and have adopted the chameleon-esque style since their origin, changing ever so slightly based on what works for the band and as well as for the live setting. Notorious for their excellent live performances, this band looks to project their skills into the bedrooms of their listeners, becoming more than just a great live band. On D, it seems like they have got a handle on this task.

Things get rolling on “It’s Him!” and they certainly start they way that you would expect: in the jamming, cymbals crashing, bass throbbing and those psychedelic guitars wailing. As always, White Denim brings that explosive energy to their craft, but this time, it’s with a distinct change for the better in vocal clarity. James Petralli’s odd yet endearingly high-pitched voice serves as the glue factor to piece together the explosive instrumentation. On this first track, it serves its purpose quite well; with the swirling beats, Petralli’s voice keeps the song from whirling out of control.

“Burnished” keeps things going in terms of the psychedelic guitar parts, which welcome you into this second track. On this number, you can definitely tell that this would be a treat to listen to live because the second half of the song is a break down from the band, filled with riffs and head bob-inducing sound. It’s also a pretty good song on this recording in that the cut to just instrumentation didn’t turn into a takeover of self-indulgence. Sure, the same jam continues all through the next song “At the Farm,” but nowhere does it turn boring and banal. It retains those intriguing qualities and you are left with a solid five minutes of pure instrumentation that doesn’t fall flat when played through your bedroom speakers.

But White Denim isn’t just about the jamming, as they slow things down on numbers like “Street Joy” and mildly on “Drug.” These numbers show their diversity and competence to craft deeper set songs. That being said, these two tracks are the extent on their diversity, which makes for a pretty straight set album. D gets a tad monotonous towards its end; you can only take so much fast paced and furious guitar shredding and rolling drums before things begin to sound repetitive.

Regardless, this is still a good direction for this band to strike into. They keep making those vital changes so that their studio music can match what they play live and D is certainly a pretty decent effort.

New Tunes from White Denim

Catching up on everything has been hard, but luckily GvsB has helped us get with it, offering up a spanking new track from Austin band White Denim.  This track comes off the band’s upcoming record, D, slated to hit stores on May 24th.  While the guitars and musical progression is definitely in the same vein of their most recent work, it’s nice to see a few decent changes, particularly in the vocals.  For one, the clarity is quite enticing, giving the group a bit more accessibility when it comes to the listening experience (as opposed to the live setting which we know they kill).  Pretty stoked to share this track with ya’ll.

[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/05-Anvil-Everything.mp3]

Download: White Denim – Anvil Everything [MP3]

New Music From White Denim

So the nice folks over at RCRD LBL posted a brand spanking new song yesterday from everyone’s favorite Austin band White Denim.  The track is called “Drugs” and appears on the bands upcoming and highly anticipated new album D. You fans will be able to get your hands on the new joint from these Austin boys on May 24th via Downtown records.

[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/White-Denim-Drug.mp3]

Download: White Denim – Drug [MP3]

Wu-Tang Clan @ Emo’s (12/11)

Date 12/11/10
Location Emos
Doors 8pm
Tickets Sold Out!

Saturday night at Emo’s is home to one of the most random lineups I can remember in recent history.  For starters the insane Wu-Tang Clan will be headlining outside with fellow hip-hop acts MC Overlord, Phranchyze, and Riders Against the Storm.  Then the inside stage will feature some of Austin’s hot indie bands in the form of White Denim, The Authors, and Hundred Visions.  I never thought I’d be saying White Denim and Wu-Tang in the same sentence…  Unfortunately tickets are only currently available for the inside stage so maybe you can sneak between the two stages?  My guess is that security will be a little more strict on the big difference in price between the two shows.

[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/01-Bring-Da-Ruckus.mp3]

Download: Wu-Tang Clan – Bring Da Ruckus [MP3]

Free Tunes from White Denim

It seems like our local boys White Denim are up to more than we thought. While working on their untitled third LP, the guys decide to do sort of an off shoot and record a bunch of stuff, songs they say aren’t in the same vein of the stuff they’ve been working on.  Good news for you is that they’re offering up the entire recording session absolutely FREE.  Well, not entirely, as the band is asking for donations, and you should definitely spend a little money, as they’re worthy of support, ours and yours.  You can only get the new work HERE. Oh, and the work is called Last Day of Summer. Here is a sample.

[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/11-through-your-windows.mp3]

Download: White Denim – Through Your Windows [MP3]

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