The Red Lipstick Brigade

Entertainment Journalism in Austin, Texas Through The Eyes of Annar Veröld

(4/26) Preview: The Boxing Lesson [vinyl release] at Hotel Vegas

Post originally written for Red River Noise!

On Thursday, Hotel Vegas will be hosting The Boxing Lesson’s 7” vinyl release party with an eclectic lineup. The bill will feature an array of genres and styles, including progressive, psychedelic, electronica and jazz-rock.

Psychedelic progressive rock band The Boxing Lesson turned 10 this year, and they are celebrating by approaching their music with an entirely new attitude. In the last year, the band has been working closely with Chris “Frenchie” Smith (Trail of Dead, Dandy Warhols, Jet) at The Bubble Studio and cultivating their two latest singles, “Better Daze” and “Health is the New Drug”—featured on the 7” vinyl. Though the band continues to have the same name, their new sound has traded their strong psychedelic influence for a heavier and perfected progressive rock sound.

Opening for The Boxing Lesson is jazz-rock band Purple. The Beaumont-based band released their debut EP, Violaceous, last Saturday in their hometown. Like The Boxing Lesson, Purple’s album was produced by Chris “Frenchie” Smith at The Bubble Studios. After attracting attention during South by Southwest, they are taking up an offer to record a full-length album with Gregg Rolie of Santana and Journey fame.

Also on the bill is local electronic-pop band [paperthreat]. In November, the band released their second EP, Ghost Dance. Unlike most electronic music, [paperthreat] not only uses keyboards and computers, but also use vocals and a prevalent brass section featuring trumpet and trombone. Opening for the event is the garage-rock band The Hi-Tones. Last year, the band shared their sound with the South and Midwest on a fall tour. The band toured to support their five-track release, TransAudioStasis.

Hotel Vegas is located at 1500 E 6th St. Doors open at 9 p.m., show starts at 9:30, cover is $5. Click on the links to visit the show posts on Facebook and Do512.

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The Austin Discoveries Series: Blues-Rock Band Cause In Effect

       Last weekend–while shamelessly feeding my curiosity and hunger for new discoveries in the Austin music scene–in the midst of my nocturnal haze, I came across blues and rock ‘n’ roll band Cause In Effect.

“We are a very new group but are weathered
young musicians with what we believe to be a great formula.”

      The 8-month-old, Austin-based trio–composed of Josh Googins (guitar, vocals), Z Lynch (bass), Spencer Garland (percussion)–cleverly fed my curiosity with one of their tweets that read, “existentialism is our name, and music is our game. ” Everyone knows existentialism is the only thing I like, so they got my attention. I proceeded to listening closely, I plummeted into absolute fascination. I was impressed, which, quite frankly, never happens.

“The name Cause In Effect is a play on, Cause and Effect,
referring to the eastern philosophical concept of non-duality.”

      I instantly fell in love with their blues/rock ‘n’ roll/ progressive-pop-rock influenced mastered sound, which I eventually discovered was recorded in Chris “Frenchie” Smith‘s recording studio, The Bubble. I can always trust that everything that comes out of Frenchie’s studio. Their sound is very together, very complex–a gourmet meal of sounds–; they sound so mastered that I’d even consider them radio quality. Without a doubt, however, they’re going somewhere, and it is only a matter of time. I have the full intention to figuring out more on them. Brace yourself.

You can listen to a few of Cause In Effect’s tracks on Spotify, Bandcamp, Reverbnation, but can only stream their full debut EP on SoundCloud.

This post is the first of a series that I’ve been meaning to partake in for about 2,000 years. Enjoy and agree that I’m right about everything.

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(4/20) Preview: Amplified Heat, Scorpion Child, Professor Cowboy at Swan Dive

Red River is getting an intense dose of rock ‘n’ roll this Friday as RRN presents a 4/20 showcase tailor-made for fans of psychedelic, bluesy metal. Our third showcase of the year will feature Amplified Heat, Scorpion Child and Professor Cowboy & The Space Crazies at Swan Dive.

Blues-rock trio Amplified Heat will be headlining the showcase. Among mountains of loud, vintage Fender amps, the Colombian-American brothers—Jim, Gian and Chris Ortiz—will be basking in the limelight as they perform electrifying rock ‘n’ roll influenced by punk, the blues and heavy metal. The band’s 2011 album, On The Hunt, released on Gonzolandia Records, showcases this loud, passionate and technical sound brilliantly. Amplified Heat is a band that should be experienced live.

Sharing the bill with Amplified Heat is the epitome of a rock-star performers, Scorpion Child. This band can be dissected into the components of what rock ‘n’ roll truly is—part metal, part psychedelic, part electrifying progressive, and a whole lot of energy conspiring for a whole lot of attitude. Together, this gives Scorpion Child their knack for excellent rebellion, harnessing the essence of 1970s metal as they destroy their instruments with distortion, impressive guitar-riffs, and the pounding of the drum kit. Aside from performing a few shows in the South, Scorpion Child is working on their debut full-length album with Frenchie Smith Records.

The heavy rock ‘n’ roll dosage will begin with blues-rock band Professor Cowboy & The Space Crazies. The band, composed of Andrew Weber, Jack Pearl and Davis Cambell, has recently surfaced in the Austin music scene. With a voice as thick and sweet as molasses, ruthless guitar riffs and distortion, and adamant percussion—Professor Cowboy & The Space Crazies are trying to say something, and with that sound, they will be heard. In the last couple of months, The Space Crazies have performed at the Oh Snap! Festival and West by West Campus, and have recently shared the stage with Rebecca Butler and The Richards. This showcase is the last time to see them in Austin for a while as they are taking a break to record.


Swan Dive is located at 615 Red River St. Doors open at 9 p.m., cover is $6. This event is all ages. Click on the links to visit and RSVP to the show post on Facebook or Do512.

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(4/21) Preview: Belaire [LP Release], Good Field, Deep Time

After a three-year process, progressive pop-rock band Belaire will be releasing their sophomore album this Saturday, April 21. Supporting Belaire will be pop-rockers Good Field and Deep Time.

Belaire’s fans have been anxiously craving the band’s long overdue second LP, Resonating Symphony. The band—comprising members from Fancy Feast, Fozlur, and Voxtrot—have been composing the album for the last three years, however the time does the album justice. Resonating Symphony does a great job encompassing and harnessing Belaire’s unreplicable sound of upbeat lucid dreams. The album will be free at the release party, and will also be available on 12” vinyl, CD and for download.

Opening up for Belaire is a relatively new pop-rock band, Good Field. Paul Price (The Early Tapes) originally intended for this to be a solo-project but it quickly turned into a collaboration that features current and former band members from The Early Tapes, Coma in Algiers, Brazos and Voxtrot. The band assembled their current members—Esteban Cruz, Michael McLeod and Kyle Roberston—last summer, when they began to record. In February, Good Field released their self-titled album that sounds like a man reminiscing a painfully beautiful summer. Price’s voice sounds of vintage recordings coming out of a mind with unbearably nostalgic memories.

Kicking off the evening is indie pop-rock band Deep Time, formerly Yellow Fever. Since recently signing with Hardly Art and changing their name, Deep Time has been quickly changing and developing into a more solidified version of their original sound. The band has plans to release a new album on July 10, and are currently planning a West Coast tour.

29th Street Ballroom  is located at 2906 Fruth St. off of Guadalupe. Show starts at 9 p.m., cover is $10 and includes a free CD. Click on the links to visit and RSVP to the show post on Facebook or Do512.

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Feature: Cutting ‘the Bull’ with Patricia Lynn of The Soldier Thread

Bands generally take several months to produce an album—the songwriting process, scheduling, recording, mastering, etc. This was the plan The Soldier Thread was in the midst of implementing when the band marched into the studio to record their newest EP.

“We started to record all of the songs, but we weren’t feeling it,” said lead vocalist Patricia Lynn. “So I decided—pretty much me, by myself—that we were going to collectively start writing. We took the time to write brand new songs.”

On The Bull, only two of the EP’s five tracks—“No Parachute” and “Pretty Bones”—were written prior to entering the studio. The band took advantage of their seven-day recording session to write and record the rest. “On any given day, we started at 10 a.m., and went into a room all together with the producer to listen,” Lynn said. “We’d work on an idea and complete a song, and then record it that same day.”

This process is unlike anything the band had done before, but the motive appears to be pure and presented from a fresh and unforeseen perspective. “Sometimes, an artist has been sitting on their songs for such a long time, and they’re already over it,” explained Lynn. “It’s like when you really like a song and you put it on repeat and listen to it for like a month straight, and suddenly you just don’t want to hear it anymore. That’s kind of like how it is for artists. By the time you go into the studio to record it, you’re kind of already over it.”

Going about the process at a more frenetic pace resulted in a fresher-sounding finished product, she said. “We wrote it and recorded it on the same day, so while we were playing it, and we were singing it, we were still very excited about that song,” Lynn said. “I think that snapshot in time really comes out in this EP.”

Skip forward to the day before The Soldier Thread’s EP-release party last month. Patricia Lynn sported a faux-leather jacket and a violet strand in her dark brown hair, as she sipped coffee at Austin Java. She laughed and talked about how nervous she was for the show. The gig at Stubb’s inside stage had been sold out for more than a week.

It’s rare for a local band to sell out a show. To sell it out with 10 days to spare is nearly unheard of. It’s a sign of the band’s quick rise in their brief history. “None of this has sinked in until last week, when Stubb’s sold out,” she said about the band’s growing popularity. Their work has paid off, though, landing the band a spot as a staff pick on 101X, the local alternative rock radio station.

Initially, the band members met in San Marcos in 2007. Justin McHugh and Todd Abels, who both play keyboard and guitar, and sing backup vocals, were collaborating together under the name The Tourist. At the time, the band had a mostly instrumental style. While searching for a vocalist to fill in one of their tracks, a mutual friend introduced them to Patricia Lynn. Prior to meeting with The Tourist, Lynn was performing in coffee shops in San Marcos, participating in talent shows and what she calls “acoustic nothings.” After listening to a few of Lynn’s recordings, Abels and McHugh asked her to do a few recordings with them in the studio.

“We hit it off,” said Lynn. “They wanted strings in their sound, and at the time I was still playing viola, so I decided to play some strings for them too. Then they were like, ‘Hey do you want to be in our band?’”

The agreement was, if she was going to join the band, they were going to start from the beginning. The three decided to rename themselves The Soldier Thread—a name inspired by the title of one of Lynn’s previously written tracks, representing the final strand of hope and strength that is fueled by adrenaline, the final piece of fabric that a soldier clings to in order to survive. “They just really liked the way it sounded, and what it represented to me,” said Lynn. From then on, the band went on to add their percussionist, Drew Vandiver, and—a year and a half later—bassist Chance Gilmore. Currently, the band has kept all of their original members.

Working with a quintet is often a difficult thing to do. Often, roles and ideas clash. There are 25 different possibilities, five different perspectives, a million different sources for inspiration; this is a difficult thing to accommodate when working with a band. The Soldier Thread makes it work cohesively. That cohesiveness helped the band write and record The Bull in a week with producer Dwight Baker.

Despite the band’s modest attempts to pursue an established career in music, The Soldier Thread experienced a series of setbacks before continuing with The Bull. “We were signed with an independent label—I don’t even want to plug their name. It didn’t work out,” explained Lynn. “Our contract expired with the indie label, but the two people that ran the label are going separate ways.”

As a result, the label owners are dividing their assets and dissolving the company, which includes The Soldier Thread’s latest full-length album and older EP. The band is not allowed to sell their album, because under their previous label contract, they do not own the rights. “It is currently up in the air. It has been up in the air for the last year,” said Lynn. “What is nice about this EP is that we own it. We can do whatever we want with it; that’s what’s nice about not having a label.”

Having full rights with The Bull, The Soldier Thread is moving ahead and making a music video for each of the tracks featured on the EP. Videos for ”No Parachute” and “Pretty Bones” have been filmed and completed. “No Parachute” is the only one currently released.

“We worked with Luped Media,” Lynn said about the music video. “Dwight Baker, our producer, lent us his oldest son—a little boy—for the video. There’s not a story line. It goes with the idea, that you don’t need a plan, you don’t need to control everything—just don’t be afraid and just let things happen.”

In addition to releasing a series of cinematic videos, The Soldier Thread has been intensely occupied with high-profile gigs. Weeks after the sold-out EP-release show, the band performed as an official South by Southwest artist. Last year, they toured with Blue October.

Now that The Bull is officially released, The Soldier Thread hopes to continue making music videos to support the EP. In addition, the band wants to release another EP by the end the summer, begin to write a full-length album and keep their focus on a national tour. Lynn also plans on performing bi-monthly acoustic sets at Frank and working closely with The American Spirit, an acoustic band she sings with live. Lynn has a clear vision for how she wants The Soldier Thread’s fortunes to manifest.

“The careers of the musicians in Metric is something I would like my career to look like,” said Lynn. “They were with a label, but are now independent; they are touring nationally; they are doing it on their own. I would like our career to look like that. I would like to keep our career on a bigger stage.”

Be sure to catch The Soldier Thread live at Frank for our Red River Noise showcase on March 31. For more details, visit the Facebook event page.

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Meet The Couch

Walking the streets of Austin there is the East-Side, which sounds of soft indie voices bleeding into a mix of Lo-Fi; there is Red River, which sounds of a beautiful mesh of punk at the Red, singer-songwriters in every other venue, some folk, some blues, and post-rock coming from The ‘Hawk. There are strange genre combinations; bands with their own distinct style. But when you hear The Couch, you hear raw, rich, rock n’ roll– rock as solid as stone, in its sound and in its frequency.The Couch is composed of guitarist and vocalist Taylor Wilkins (The Calm Blue Sea), percussionist Jud Johnson, bassist Kyle Robarge (Frank Smith), and– as of recent– multi-instrumentalist Sara Houser. The members of The Couch originated at Texas-State University (San-Marcos), but as of recently moved to Austin, Texas.Through the collective efforts of Eye in the Sky CollectiveMusic Box MediaSounds Outrageous Studios and Lars Goransson, The Couch will be releasing their Old and Touchin’ Blue on Wednesday, December 14th at The Mohawk.Old and Touchin’ Blue has already showed signs of success; their first single, “Come to You” was recently featured onKUT‘s “song of the day”.

At their CD Release Show, The Couch will be supported by punk-rock band, Zlam Dunk and Little Radar. Clickhere for the Facebook Event Page!

Have a listen below.
If you fall madly in love, download a free track here,
and swing by their CD Release Party!

 

originally written for Bleach Online

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Tegan And Sara: Get Along

                   Tegan and Sara debuted their latest project, Get Along, at the South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse Cinema earlier this month. The Canadian duo were present for a Q&A as their current project pulls from 12 years of compilations to create Tegan And Sara’s new album, Get Along. A collection of three short documentaries,– States, India, and For the Most PartGet Along is a collection of live recordings of tracks that span from the indie duo’s debut album, Under Feet Like Ours, to their latest album, Sainthood. With a brand new record deal with Warner Records, Get Along is a reflection of the band closing up an era. After the screening of the documentary, Tegan and Sara stood in front of the big screen, beneath a spotlight to discuss the film. Tegan in a fashionable blouse, Sara in black skinny jeans; the 31-year-old identical twins were more distinguishable than ever.
“We have a whole new batch of songs in a completely new perspective,” said Tegan Quin at the debut Screening of Get Along. “When we were putting together this DVD, it was sort of a goodbye to the 2001-2010 time period.”The documentaries Get Along suddenly becomes this crystal clear mirror of the past; embracing it with a closely stitched blanket in which they placed their most adored tracks, their most memorable experiences from the last 12 years in the most beautiful ways they could figure how: a CD of tracks featured in Get Along; Live acoustic performances, stories of the past– told in a flawlessly filmed collection. Tegan and Sara are ready to move on with their music and in their lives– embracing being 30 and different people from their late teens and early twenties.
“I think there is definitely something about motion in the title and motion in the documentaries. I hope that translated—that we are moving forward and that we’re done looking back and are now looking forward,” said Tegan.
The first documentary, States, opens with Tegan and Sara singing “Like O, Like H“ in a studio. As the track continues, the video shifts into their performance in a theater in front of an audience. Tegan and Sara are then featured speaking as the backdrop audio where they reflect on Tegan and Sara’s first years performing, their first trip to the United States and their first tour where they supported Neil Young. Throughout States, the musicians revisit their childhood and describe and survey their relationships with their fans. Personal stories echo in the backdrop throughout the entire film– during their shows, rehearsals, and travel time.
The second documentary, India, provides an opportunity for the audience to witness the band’s experience during their first time traveling in India. Most of the documentary is filmed while they are in transit and captures the band’s exploration of the Indian culture– following them from boats, to bizarres, and shows– and voicing their personal opinions of the society, slums, and experience with Indian culture.
The third film, For The Most Part, is simply an intimate showcase that Tegan and Sara put on at The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, BC for their closest friends and family (and a few lucky fans). In front of a brick wall; beneath gentle, golden lighting; 400, close knit seats, located in front of a small– audience leveled stage, Tegan And Sara performed the 15 tracks from 6 different albums/EPs– including The Con, So Jealous, and their latest album Sainthood– which are featured in Get Along. For The Most Part faded in and out of studio rehearsals and a performance on a rooftop of “Hell”. Tegan And Sara play through 12 years of material, complementing the mellow setting with an intimate distribution in 70 minutes.
Ultimately, Get Along showcases the experiences of the band. The true embodiment of the work flawlessly captured the closing of a chapter and beginning of a new one. Through the documentaries, one sees he development of talented girls into two definitive identities. Perhaps this is something that could only truly be captured by video through a span of time. But by the end of the collection, there is a Tegan and a Sara. They both have distinguishable faces, voices, mannerisms and styles. The viewer is immersed in the twins’ lives during the span of these three documentaries.  From the sharp video that captures their silence, what their eyes lock to and the intimacy they have with their music, the fan or newly-introduced can see how both women obsess with different parts of what they create, eventually displaying why the two are so cohesive. It’s their differences that drive them to create this coherent masterpiece known as Tegan and Sara.

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Sigur Rós: Inni

For the last several days, I have been working on a post to express my absolute fascination with the upcoming documentary film of Sigur Rós‘: Inni.
Sigur Rós, my first post-rock love at the age of 14. The band that gave me the courage to live on my own at such a young age. To venture into Miami, to support myself and my dog on my family’s abandoned property. This beautiful music compelled me to fight for survival and introduced me to moving music. It gave me the will and drive to understand an actualized version of myself and reach past the stars. I changed my name, I learned multiple languages at the same time, became a quantum physics, quantum reality, metaphysics enthusiast, and a poet, all while dealing with post-traumatic stress and the reality of my situation– I was all alone.

It takes a monumental courage and determination– but ultimately a flooring inspiration to overcome and succeed. Sigur Rós was just that– a flooring inspiration, a beauty that lifted me up and I held on to.

So, naturally I am inclined to be absolutely moved and fascinated with everything that they put out. Their first documentary, Heima was a flawless, cinematic treat that I find myself watching and rewatching.

Their next live concert documentary seems eerie and moving– creepy but beautiful, just as their music. The videography is fascinating and will perhaps drive you insane with the accompaniment of the performance. However, I am thrilled, I am excited to see the film. Though, I am currently out of town and swamped with essays and school work and the desperate need to succeed and push and push and push until December 15th– I would sell my soul to watch this film tonight at The Alamo Drafthouse (Ritz) tonight at 10pm.

If you are like me and cannot make it out, perhaps you can find comfort and satisfaction in the trailer, below.
If you find that you absolutely and totally cannot live without viewing the film, you can buy it here.

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BLEACHONLINE: Holiday Playlist

Bleach Online put out a Holiday Music Playlist (click to listen) and it is so, so great. The wonderful thing about music playlists is the same about enormous music festivals– discovering new music, new artists, new everything! I promise you won’t recognize 90% of these musicians, but you’ll certainly enjoy it. ♥ Click on the link below for the hook-up. Also, if you absolutely adore it, it is free for download. (:

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Bon Iver – Deluxe Version of LP


A few months after releasing his second full-length album, Bon Iver, Bon Iver is unveiling another project– a deluxe version of that particular LP. The deluxe version will feature short films to accompany each track. . The films feature work by Dan Huiting, Isaac Gale, David Jensen, JoLynn Garnes, Andre Durand, Ryan Thompson and Justin Vernon.

The press release explains that the videos do not necessarily act as music videos for each track but are visual accompaniments, but are “meant to be consumed as a visual extension of the music, to enhance each listener’s experience”.

The deluxe version will be available on iTunes on Tuesday (Nov. 29th)– and purchasable through Jagjaguwar as of early December.

I don’t know about you, but as a post-rock girl, I find imagination and accompanying imagery essential to the musical experience. What do you think about Bon Iver’s new approach? Do you think other musicians will take part in this “video accompaniment”?

P.S. – Check out the Deluxe LP trailer below. <3

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