Friday, September 30, 2011 – One Red Martian

One Red Martian (Dallas, TX) –
Some of today’s greatest rock bands, including Muse and Kings of Leon, incubated their unique sonic signatures far away from big city “scenes” and have preserved them with close-knit, unchanging line-ups. Following in this formidable tradition comes One Red Martian: three brothers and a childhood friend who first made music in rural Upstate New York.

Though they relocated to Dallas in 2008, ORM’s unusually organic coming-together as teenagers four years earlier (the oldest member of the band is still just 21) has forever shaped them. “That’s a huge part of how we got to where we are today,” says singer/guitarist Jimi Woodul. “It’s even more intense than that now, because we’re better musicians and we’re more dedicated… [But] in many ways it’s very much similar to when we were just up in my family’s barn playing music.”

One Red Martian fuse influences from their parents’ record collections (Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, classic blues) with more contemporary fare (from Josh Ritter to Rage Against the Machine) into what they intriguingly dub “intensely lyrical ballad rock” and “genre-busting piano metal”.

“We want our songs to really say something,” says Jimi. “But, at the same time, we also want to be the heaviest piano band ever. We were very influenced by Ben Folds and Muse, but we wanted to take it a step further and make it as heavy as we can while still retaining some real substance in the lyrics and having extreme dynamics.”

Following their debut full-length, Studio Dog Sessions, self-recorded in their high school music room on borrowed equipment in ’08, ORM have now realized their aural ambitions with newly-released Spit My Brain. “we’re much more proficient with our instruments and much tighter as a live band [now],” Jimi, the band’s principal songwriter, explains. “and it was easier to go for more bold concepts lyrically because I’ve just become a better writer. The concepts are much more defined. I guess the theme of the album is seeing yourself as outside of yourself and having everybody else see that very pure view of yourself – you’re spitting your brain outside of your body.”

Recorded over 10 days in Texas, Spit My Brain includes the title track (the most personal song I’ve ever written”) and “Demondroid”, which was mixed by legendary rock producer Beau Hill (Alice Cooper, Ratt etc.) yet, while Spit is their finest recorded statement to date, One Red Martian remain focused on live performance. “When I hear a band and they’re totally sublime performers, with totally sympathetic vibrations going out into the crowd, it does something to me inside that I would like to give to somebody else,” says the singer. “And I think we’re capable of giving somebody that feeling.”

“We’re so committed to doing this, [but] it’s not really like we’re committed to success – It’s that we really, honestly want to make really great music…and nothing really gets in the way of that.”

Saturday, September 24, 2011 – Krullur * TurboKrieg * Peasant * Termination Force * U.Y.U.S.

Krullur (Houston Tx)

THE UNLEASHED FACE-PEELING ATROCITY RETURNS TO BRING FORTH AN ULTIMATE DESTRUCTION…

TurboKrieg (Houston Tx)

Grind From Houston.
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Peasant (Houston, TX)

First gig ever. Includes some members of Landfill.

 

 

Termination Force (Houston, TX) –

Based out of Houston, TX, The band was originally named Crusher, formed in early 2005 as a portion of four with Dustin (vocals/guitar), Justin (Bass), Jimmy (vocals) and Matt (drums) and adding Joe later on to play bass where as Justin switched to guitar. The band has released three self recorded demos under the Crusher name, In 2007 they decided to change to their current name, TERMINATION FORCE. They have released a promo CD in 2007. Between 2008-2009, TERMINATION FORCE took a year and half off and is now planning a new demo for 2010. With a few line up changes within the band, the bands current line up now consists of Dustin (guitar/vocals), Justin (guitars), Jimmy (vocals) and Aldo (drums).

 

UYUS (Houston, TX) –

We walked into Fitzgerald’s downstairs to catch an experimental noise song by Grindin’ Teeth before stepping it upstairs to hear the band U.Y.U.S. I never got to see them back in the day, but I remember their flyers/album art. They turned in a good set of straight-ahead hardcore, and the crowd was enthusiastic and steadily building. There was still a slow-moving line, backed up into the parking lot, of people waiting to get in to the club. The band was energized and thankful; they reminisced between songs about the Axiom with sweat dripping off them telling the youngsters in the crowd to “Live it up! ‘Cause it goes by fast!” – Space City Rock

 

 


Friday, September 23, 2011 – Gypsyhawk * Venomous Maximus * Automatic Thrill

Gypsyhawk (Los Angeles, CA) –

“Combining the sound of Thin Lizzy, Hawkwind, and Black Sabbath with – somehow – just a few average dudes out there to return music to the people that appreciate it, Gypsyhawk is a band’s band, a fan’s band…and a god damn rock band when rock and roll needs it most. In a time when music is shoveled down your throat, Gypsyhawk backs up the walk (and mabye a little swagger) with rock. The band’s first… show in their hometown of Pasadena, Calif. yielded an enthusiastic and devoted crowd, showing the promise Gypsyhawk holds in the palm of their hands…well, as soon as this next solo is done. Then they’ll have a free hand…. Turn down the lights and turn up the tunes indeed.”

 

Venomous Maximus (Houston, TX) –

“Yeah, I know I’m way, way behind on this one… For some reason, the debut 7″ from metal dudes Venomous Maximus has just taken a little while to grow on me. I’m not entirely sure why — this stuff is really and truly up my alley, especially lately, when my car’s stereo practically lives on a diet of Red Fang, Priestess, and The Sword. I’d put it in there and listen, expecting to love it outright, but it just didn’t… click, at least not immediately.

In the end, I think it’s drummer Bongo who won me over; try as I might, I just can’t get that stomping, crushing, heavy-yet-not-bassy rhythm on A-side “Give Up The Witch” out of my damn head. Once I was sucked in, I found myself grinning and nodding along, mentally ticking off a big list of all my own metal heroes as I listened. This is the sound of a bunch of guys who I’d bet came up listening to and loving classic metal, from Sabbath to Metallica to Maiden, and they fly that influence proudly, holding it over their collective heads like a flag.

In doing so, they call to mind all three of those bands I mentioned above, especially The Sword, considering the subject matter of “Witch” (it’s about, duh, a witch). B-side “The Living Dead” is a little more contemporary, less in the fantasy-metal vein, but hell, even then it’s nicely busy and bluesy, closer to Red Fang or Early Man than the previous track.

Now, I know it’ll sound strange, but to me the coolest thing about this 7″, honestly, is that the Venomous Maximus guys know when not to overdo it. I hear a crap-ton of metal each week, and far, far too much of it is bruisingly heavy and overloaded, with growly, unintelligible vocals crammed into my ears so deep they give me a freaking headache. I’m all for dynamics and up-front production and all that, definitely, but sometimes it’s really just a distraction.

Not here, though — for being a heavy, sharp-edged slab of metal, the record is relatively clean and straightforward, sound-wise. On both songs, I can make out every damn word frontman/tattoo artist Gregg Higgins is bellowing into the mic, every twisting, distorted riff that comes out of Christian Larson’s guitar, and even the surprisingly melodic little bass bits Trevi Biles throws into the mire on “The Living Dead.” And that’s very cool, at least to me.

So there you go. Late though I am in saying it, yeah, I’ll admit it: I’m fucking loving these guys.” – Jeremy Hart, Space City Rock

 

Automatic Thrill (Houston, TX) –


Houston’s very own heavy metal, rock’n’roll, local band developed for your aural pleasure.

Tony Fulco-singer

Stevie Sims-drummer

Ryan Poole-guitar

Travis Massacre-guitar

Chadwick Davis-bass

 

 

 

Saturday, September 17, 2011 – Luxurata * August 83 * The Cocksmen

Luxurata (Houston, TX)

Get lost in the sonic rock and delicate melodies of this dual guitar band. The unique alt-pop/indie rock sound will leave you wanting more. Luxurata was formed in the spring of 2002 and consisted of long time musical collaborators Mike Porterfield (vocals & bass) and Brian Schack (guitar), Dave Darby (drums, formerly of Ruskabank). Texas guitar legend Harry O’ (from the famed Zealots) joined in 2011. The diverse musical background of its members comes together in the unique alt-pop/indie rock sound of the band. Compositions range from sonic guitar rock to delicate melodies.

 

August 83 (Houston, TX)

August 83 was Born from a Houston cover variety band called Spare Parts. Lead singer Linda Lambert’s extraordinary vocal prowess lends heartfelt vocals to their melodic songs. Songwriter & Guitarist, Mike Lambert’s songs are memorable & novel. Lambert’s vocals are complimented by keyboardist Jeff Ball’s sophisticated piano lines. Drummer, Dale Bankston and bassist Marco Yepez drive the band as a solid, hard hitting rhythm section and Dan Carpenter’s soulful sax is a signature part of the August 83 sound. Their first original CD “Music From Bedrooms” has been described as “Pop for Grownups” ~ Joey Guerra Houston Chronicle

 

The Cocksmen

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Friday, September 16, 2011 – Orange Is In * Juke Joint Sandinistas

Orange Is In (Houston, TX)

Orange is in brings together a variety of disparate influences including ’60s pop, ’80s post punk and rootsy Texas rock that borrows from influences like Springsteen, Costello, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Wilco to create a sound that is uniquely their own.

The band, made up of veterans of the Texas music scene including George Kovacik (vocals), Jeff Balke (bass) and Chris Rogers (guitar) and Joseph Earthman (drums), prides themselves on bringing it live having performed from New York City to Honey Grove, Texas.

The band has released two albums, Another Lame Semi-Tragedy in 2006 and Come and Take in 2007 as well as the web-only single “Someone Came to Help Me” in 2010. Both albums were listed among the top releases of 2006 and 2007 by Houston music blog, Houston Calling.

 

Juke Joint Sandinistas (Austin, TX)

Jamie Zanelotti, vocals, guitar;
Larry Cooper, vocals, guitar;
Kenny Braun, drums;
Brian Tomlin, bass, vocals;
Dusty McClellan, guitar, vocals

 

Thursday September 15, 2011 – Illegal Wiretaps * Darwin’s Finches * Only Beast

Illegal Wiretaps (Houston, TX)

Seeping from a single-celled organism oozed a sound. A single sound. Then a percussive drip. Followed a light melody flowing into a swirling stream. Suddenly, before you could respond, rock occurred, and head bobbed to the fine, fine music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darwin’s Finches(Galveston, TX)

Darwin’s Finches (aka. Mama-vela and the jug head spindle benders aka. Slim pickens and the chocolate gravys aka. Big Clifford and epeleptic sheep dogs) is a 3 piece that sprung from the loins of the desolate Galveston Island, Our music is catchy and raw, with nasty foot tapping tunes. We are into various styles ranging from blue grass to funk, and all the in between. We sound like the beach boys being molested by a fat elvis and the Misfits. We fight for good causes like Free Soul Food/psychosis/alternative medicine and good times with good people and Jesus, We battle the evils of cooperate fat cats Constapated Art clear channel radio and Decadent Satanism, We will likely be rocking out near you (in your front yard)!!! We do realize that there is already a “band” that calls itself “finch” (emphasis on the ” “) but we are a different species, we’re fully adapted for thriving and populating on many coastal terrains.

We are Darwins finches, which means we are miles above the average finch (evolutionarily speaking), but regardless, Be on the look out for the Garage rock, in your Face, baby making music of DARWIN’S FINCHES TWINKLE TWINKLE RAWK ON!!!!! Check out the pictures & cartoons send us a message if you are interested in having you very own limited edition Darwin’s Finches shirt printed with one of these drawings! because we hope to one day sell out and cash in and have our own greates hits Kareoke’ CD that people sing along to at Cocktails Kareoke Bar & non-profit amusment parks.

Only Beast – (Houston, TX )

Peter Bernick (Guitar/Music) – Danielle (Vocals) – Johnny Fever (Drums)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 – Cute Lepers * Something Fierce * CYCLOPS

Cute Lepers (Seattle, WA)

The Cute Lepers are 100% proof that ’77 punk rock/powerpop in the vein of Generation X, Buzzcocks, and The Boys is timeless in both sound and spirit.

Since their arrival on the scene in 2007, they’ve toured the US and Europe extensively, released two critically acclaimed LP’s (“Can’t Stand Modern Music” & “Smart Accessories”), as well as numerous limited 7” singles, most of which have been on trade…mark coloured vinyl!

With their Motown – esque girl pop harmonies and dance moves, flipped fingers to what’s supposedly hip and happening, and love of the Rolling Stones, they have distilled their influences to create something exceptionally fresh, rude and absolutely worthy of damaging your ears. The new album Adventure Time is due for an April 5th release, and is a continuation of where they left off: striving for a killer pop song while keeping both feet ankle deep in the dirt of first wave punk.

 

Something Fierce (Houston, TX) –

Something Fierce is a three-piece punk/pop band from Houston, Texas whose music combines the sound and attitude of first-wave 1977 punk with an energy and outlook that’s thoroughly contemporary, updating the attack of the Clash and the Buzzcocks for the 21st century.

Something Fierce were founded in 2005 by guitarist and lead vocalist Steven Garcia (ex-Gun Crazy and Born Liars) and bassist and voc…alist Niki Sevven (formerly with the Neckbreakers); the group went though several drummers before teaming up with Andrew Keith, who they recognized from his frequent presence at local shows and parties.

In 2006, Something Fierce recorded their debut album, Come for the Bastards, which they released themselves. The release was followed by frequent touring through the Southwest, with occasional road trips into the South and Midwest; they group also recorded a handful of 7″ releases, including a split single with the Hangouts. In 2008, Something Fierce released their second full-length album, There Are No Answers; while the first pressing of the album was distributed by the band itself, the Portland, Oregon-based punk label Dirtnap Records liked the disc and reissued it after signing the band in 2009.

The band continued to tour extensively and released a 7″ on Action Town Records in 2010 before recording their third album, Don’t Be So Cruel, in 2011. The third album found Something Fierce’s sound evolving in a more sophisticated, pop-influenced direction without losing sight of their punk roots. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

 

CYCLOPS

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