Photo by Dorothy Megan Bennett
While recovering from a motorcycle accident, lead singer Greg Denn experienced a moment of songwriting inspiration. It was the excitement from this that pushed him to make a speedy recovery. Subsequently, in 2017, Cosmico was formed. They released their first two singles in the fall of 2018 along with two awesome music videos directed by Bennett Creative. Their debut album, “Overthinker Know it All”, is produced by local, Grammy nominated producer, Chris “Frenchie” Smith. The release show is on Feb. 22nd at Empire with A. Sinclair and Slomo Drags. While you’re waiting to hear the new album, scroll down and check out the Studio 1A session with an interview!
Photo by Tristan Ipock
Childhood friends, Curtis O’Mara and Michael Coomers, have been sporadically making music together for a decade. After landing in Austin, Texas, the band released its first full length album “Hippies” in 2010. It was after this album that the band gained some real footing. Pursuing other projects with other bands in between their own releases (Grape St. and Lace Curtains), Coomers and O’Mara can’t help returning to play with each other. Harlem’s new record, “Oh Boy”, out on Valentine’s Day 2019, will be the band’s first release since “Hippies”. Scroll down for the pre-release performance in Studio 1A.
“Beautiful and Very Smart” by Harlem
“Queen of Mosquitos” by Harlem
Photos (L to R): White Denim (Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUTX); HÆLOS (Jeff Hahn); Dem Atlas (Julia Reihe/KUTX)
KUTX host Jay Trachtenberg spills the beans on the BEST SONGS EVER! At least for this week.
White Denim – “Shanalala”
First up, a new song from one of Austin’s most-acclaimed bands, White Denim. Led by James Petralli, the group is about to drop its second album in less than a year. They’re known for their ferocious live shows, and “Shanalala” captures that full-throttle energy.
HÆLOS – “Kyoto”
Next up is Haelos, a band from London that gets a lot of its inspiration from England’s trip hop scene of the ’90s, which included bands like Portishead and Massive Attack. Haelos have updated the sound for the 21st century and I’m happy to report they’ll be at SXSW next month. From their forthcoming second album, check out “Kyoto.”
Dem Atlas – “Bad Loves Company”
Photo by Juan Figueroa
Thomas Csorba began writing songs and performing at a young age. Despite putting out two EPs and a full length album by the age of 19, his work is very mature. Drawing on inspiration from talented lyricists such as Townes Van Zandt and Woody Guthrie, Csorba makes music for old souls. The Texas native is currently working on a second LP with producer Beau Bedford and his backing band, The Texas Gentlemen. Thomas made a quick stop in Studio 1A to promote Luck Reunion and to play something old, something new, and a cover. He is playing at Cactus Cafe on Thursday, February 21st. To hold you over until the show, scroll down for the full session and interview!
KUTX host Laurie Gallardo spills the beans on the BEST SONGS EVER! At least for this week.
Adrian Quesada – “Funky Chick”
Let us begin with one of the busiest artists in the industry: Austin-based musician and Grammy Award-winning producer Adrian Quesada. He put together an outstanding collection of music that’s a rich mixture of R&B and Latin sounds, and it’s called Look At My Soul: The Latin Shade of Texas Soul. This is a magical look into an underrepresented area of musical history, and “Funky Chick” features fellow Austinites Tomar Williams–of Tomar and the FCs–and Latin funk and soul outfit Brownout. Here is the link to stream or purchase the song on amazon.
Lee Fields & The Expressions – “It Rains Love
Next we have Lee Fields & The Expressions tearing it up with “It Rains Love,” the title track to Fields’ new album. Once again, this is soul done right and handed to you on a silver platter. Lee Fields and his band take a classic style that’s already hot, and breathe new life into it to make it feel fresh and contemporary. Check out “It Rains Love.”
The Raconteurs – “Sunday Driver”
My final selection may come as no surprise if you listen to KUTX and know my tastes in music, but this one did kind of surprise me for various reasons. It’s The Raconteurs with “Sunday Driver,” and it’s essentially a sneak peak at a new album coming out sometime this year. I did not expect The Raconteurs to record a new album. Jack White has been pretty busy with his solo work, running his Third Man Records label, and probably numerous other projects we don’t even know about yet. But check out “Sunday Driver,” which sounds more like a hot rod.