Spirit Ghost is a four piece garage-rock outfit based in Austin, Texas. The band’s frontman, Alex Whitelaw is joined by Bill Hickey (guitar), John Nicholson (bass), Tim Zoidis (guitar), and accompanied by Sarah Addi (harmonies). Spirit Ghost curates nostalgic classic tones/songwriting born out of the 50’s and 60’s garage rock era, and ultimately fuses innovative contemporary elements. The band emanates something familiar to fans of early rock and roll, while maintaining a surf rock, lo-fi edge.
Their latest album “Skeleton Surf Rider” was released on May 11th, 2018. The album is a essential conversation on: love, death, familial strain, and working class struggles, told over the course of 11 jangly, reverb-driven, garage-pop songs. The band’s melodic, surf sound juxtaposed with the lyrical density comes together to deliver a project of dimensionality and alluring ease. Spirit Ghost came into Studio 1A for our last After Hours show of 2018. You can check out “Skeleton Surf Rider” and hear the full studio session down below!
***UPCOMING FEATURES Jan. 3 @Hole in the Wall (Free Week)***
photo by Jenan Taha
Based out of the heart of Tulsa, Oklahoma, BRONCHO have a unique vantage point from which to convey their reactionary song creation. Churning out intentionally nuanced rock and roll with an art school spirit and a punk rock heart since 2010, the band’s fourth album, Bad Behavior, finds them pouring out their strengths for their strongest project yet. Following the catchy, playful vibe of their previous albums, which include Can’t Get Past the Lips (2011) and Just Enough Hip to Be Woman (2014), as well as the deliberate sonic intent of 2016’s sludgy, moodier, Double Vanity— the new record reveals BRONCHO’s fly-on-the-wall vision of our moral climate, complete with an invigorated, accessible sound and the charmingly cynical, smiling-while-sneering delivery of singer and bandleader Ryan Lindsey. Lindsey plays alongside Penny Pitchland on bass, Nathan Price on drums and Benjamin King on guitar. BRONCHO comes together to uncover the murkiness of today’s view on morality.
Their newest album, Bad Behavior was released in October of 2018, and looks through an observational lens of the faults of those around us, while leaving room for moments of self-reflection. BRONCHO came into studio 1A and performed a few songs off of the album. Check out the full studio session below!
Formed in 2016 by lead singer/songwriter Nick Ehrnstein and drummer Erin Teasdale (both formerly of Austin band Good Talk), Housewarming first began as a stripped-down vessel for Ehrnstein’s folky, melodic solo material. Finding themselves drawn to a louder sound, the duo added Nick’s brother, Sam Ehrnstein on bass and later, guitarist and former bandmate Jake Lauterstein (Popper Burns, Good Talk, Slaughterstein) to round out a new, heavier presence.
Combining the delicate, folk-tinged sensibilities of Ehrnstein’s songwriting with growling, guitar-driven indie rock, Housewarming’s lyrics trace the familiar imagery of youth and nostalgia, drawing a portrait of where they’ve been – and where they’re headed.
The band’s first official release, EP “Sasha” – named for a cat the Ehrnstein brothers had as kids – is out December 2nd.
You can check out their live studio session and interview below!
Host: Taylor Wallace
Producer: Deidre Gott
Engineer: Cliff Hargrove & Jake Perlman
Cameras: Gabriel Perez, Julia Reihs, Hannah Edelman
Almost three decades after a sold-out run of their two-man/one-man show “Own Their Own” at Austin’s Capital City Playhouse, West Texas expats Butch Hancock and Turk Pipkin unite again for an evening of music fun, words and deeds of visual and verbal daring.
Butch Hancock, a world-traveling troubadour, has been called “one of the finest songwriters of our time.” Hancock’s music evoke mystical visions of wind-swept West Texas plains, while his lyrics tell powerful stories with creative imagination. His performance in Own Their Own will include some of his best-known songs, his rarely seen Lord of the Highway road movies and will see Butch occasionally sharing the stage with his longtime friend Turk Pipkin.
Writer and Filmmaker Turk Pipkin began his Austin career 40 years ago as a comedic performer at Armadillo World Headquarters, Esther’s Follies and touring as the opening act for Rodney Dangerfield and many others. Turk has since published a dozen books of fiction and non-fiction, and directed three award-winning feature documentaries for The Nobelity Project. His performance in Own Their Own will include highlights from a lifetime in comedy, books, and film, and incorporate his latest project, Turk Pipkin’s Book of the every-other Month Club. You can check out their full studio session as well as interviews down below!
***UPCOMING FEATURES Nov. 30 @ Paramount Theatre***
Host: John Aielli
Producer: Deidre Gott
Engineer: Cliff Hargrove
Fastball members are frontman Miles Zuniga, Tony Scalzo on piano, Joey Shuffield on guitar, and Bobby Daniel on bass. The band formed in 1995 in Austin, Texas under the name Magneto USA but would later change it to Fastball after signing to Hollywood Records. The band turned their initial local success into the regional buzz. In 1998 they released their breakthrough project All the Pain Money Can Buy, and sold 1 million copies within 6 months. Their single off of the album, The Way would top Billboard charts for 7 weeks. More than 20 years later Fastball are still making music. They are set to release a new album in 2019 and their breakthrough record is getting a re-release for it’s 20th anniversary.
Fastball joined us at Studio 1A and talked about the future of the band while reminiscing with some of their older hits. Catch their live performance below!
Host: Jay Trachtenberg
Producer: Deidre Gott
Broadcast Engineer: Jake Perlman, Cliff Hargrove
Cameras:Emree Weaver, Salvador Castro, Julia Reihs
Edit: Jenan Taha, Juila Reihs