Color & Light, The Soldier Thread

The four-piece band, who just released their first EP , started the night off with lead singer, Justin’s screaming intro. And although my guard goes up once I start to hear screaming from a lead singer (I just know a mosh pit could be forming around me), the band’s melodies kept the sounds interesting. Wow’s vocals, which could be heard like Eddie, accompanied the bright guitar chords and undeniable shredding of lead guitarist. Songs like “Never Far Enough” and “Heaven on Earth” painted the walls dark with every bend of Asher’s strings. But the band balanced your head with the U2-sounding “Copernicus” and arena-like “Go,” making you believe that everything will be ok.
The next band, The Soldier Thread, brought a more lighthearted and ambient sound to the stage. Bringing in violinist/vocalist Lynn, definitely added to their sound, making me believe that Explosions in the Sky could benefit from a female member. Pianist/guitarist, layered vocals with his harmonies and keys which articulated the sincerity of their songs even more. Although the vocals seemed to play victim to the reality of a live stage, the energy-driven ballads were certainly worth the drive.
Look for their full-length debut, coming out this fall.
Unfortunately, being an out-of-towner and at the mercy of another driver resulted with me leaving after The Soldier Thread and I wasn’t able to check out Sounds Under Radio. (I’m always paying a price to the “Real Job Gods” on Fridays.) But definitely check those guys out if you can, they just signed to Epic Records and have a song on the Spider-Man 3 Soundtrack. dewa poker


Gulf of Mexico, Legs Against Arms, Oh No! Oh My!

Friday nights are always difficult in Austin, Texas. Deciding what to do in a city where there is so much to do is definitely a blessing in disguise. Especially if you have amazingly talented friends in bands (which I’m sure we all have at this point). Thanks to my lovely friend Bruce (member of Legs Against Arms), my decision was made to head to Imoq. for a night of indie-rock overload.

Austinites, Legs Against Arms took to the stage next, beginning their set with a fresh song from their newly established group. Their experimentation with an instrumental song was a good opener for them, allowing the audience to stay for more. Between switching vocalists, tempos, and even instruments (at one point, three of the four switched during a song), all four member’s energy never left the stage.

And part of an effective live show is seeing bands excited to play. Their overall sound was an even better reason to stay. All of the members knew their instruments (as well as others) like home, feeding off of each other with proper improvisations. Their catchy songs and big sounds increased their energy even more, gaining rightfully responses from the crowd and solidifying myself as a new fan. The seven-month-old band will be working on their EP which will be due out later this fall. Check out their myspace for future shows. Cara daftar sbobet.
Corte, another local act, tuned their five-piece band to a perfect pitch of militant beats with light hooks. Lead vocalist Benn vocals justified their Arcade Fire comparisons, with cuts of vulnerability similar to Will glur. Check out their myspace for future shows and a listen to their demos (look for a release in the near future).

Headliners and another local favorite, Oh No! Oh My!, ended the night with their sweet songs of walks in the park and back seats. Fresh off a European tour, the four-piece filled the room with claps and sing-alongs from the audience which definitely continued their growing popularity. The “bubbly-folk-meets-indie-pop sound” provided a perfect close to the hot scene (I seriously think Emo’s should look into that air-less situation), cooling my insatiable reasons to leave and catch up with a busy Friday night. I’m glad I stayed. Check out the band’s myspace for future shows and look for an LP coming out later this year.


Crystal Antlers, The Death Set

I wasn’t able to catch the complete show, but I did catch the end of The Death Set’s, well…set. And even though the crowd wasn’t as rowdy as I’m sure they were at Mohawk, it was still a nice night for some crazy-beat-dropping-garage-noise-rock.

One of Austin’s after-hours-spots hosted the party I missed. And although I didn’t get to see Mitt & King (they put on amazing shows, so definitely catch them if you can), I was glad to at least join in on the loud fun with one of the best backdrops of the city that is available. Agen Sbobet