Photo by Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUTX. Growl is the KUTX Artist of the Month for April.
On its new album Won’t You, Growl’s fuzzy power-pop reaches new, fist-pumping heights, and this week on My KUTX, guitarist/singer Santiago Dietche, bassist Jonny Lee, and guitarist Sam Houdek double down on that sound as our guest DJs. They talk about what songs work best as touring van soundtracks, the influence of early AC/DC, and Pavement-based cat names. Take a listen at the bottom of the page or tune in on Saturday, April 22 at 6 p.m.
–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX
[intro music: Growl – “Passerby”]
1. The Stone Roses – “I Wanna Be Adored”
2. AC/DC – “Jailbreak”
3. The Walkmen – “Little House Of Savages”
4. Broadcast – “Come On Let’s Go”
5. Total Control – “Expensive Dog”
6. The Men – “Open Your Heart”
7. Jonathan Richman – “I’m Just Beginning To Live”
8. (Sandy) Alex G – “After Ur Gone”
9. Misfits – “London Dungeon”
10. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – “Lariat”
11. Chris Cohen – “Rollercoaster Rider”
12. Balkans – “Edita V”
13. The Strokes – “Hard To Explain”
14. New Order – “Age Of Consent”
A lot of young Austin bands don’t hang around for too long, and with no new music since their 2103 EP No Years, it might be easy for the casual observer to assume Growl was one of them. You’d be wrong, though. Growl never really went away. In fact, these cacophonous indie rockers, fronted by vocalist Santiago Dietche, have been hard at work on their debut full-length, Won’t You (released April 7th). Subject matter-wise, this is an album from a bunch of (slightly) older musicians dealing with new challenges, but it’s lean, hungry drive makes 2013 sound like yesterday.
– Jeff McCord, KUTX Music Director
The members of Austin’s Growl dabble in a handful of musical extracurriculars, from the dream-folk of Rain Collectors to Tamarron’s crunchy psych-rock. Now they’re teaming back up Voltron-style for Won’t You, Growl’s debut full-length and first new release since a 2014 EP. All that intervening time can usually turn albums into studio-addled monsters, but Won’t You is the opposite. It’s hooky, fun, and off-the-cuff, perfectly designed for spring/summer windows-down partying. There’s a dark heart to the lovelorn “Had You Stayed,” but in the longstanding tradition of bands like Built To Spill, Weezer, and Big Star, Growl guitar-solo their way out of the shadows.
–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX
You might not have heard of Ronnie Manchaca, but you’ve probably heard him.
Multi-instrumentalist Manchaca is a lifelong Austinite – nevertheless, his origins are shrouded in mystery. Rumored to have sold his soul to the devil in a late-night bargain at the Y at Oak Hill, Manchaca seemed to appear from nowhere. Before long, he was opening for everyone, from Flaco Jimenez to Spoon, played on albums by Soulhat and Jerry Jeff Walker, and supplied The Black Angels with most of their chemical motivation.
Manchaca broke out on his own in 2016 with a debut set at Levitation Fest that was well-received by the enormous crowd. A national tour followed, with accolades from critics for his energetic, incendiary live sets and unusual style of dancing, influenced by his mixed heritage.
“Manchaca” is derived from the Choctaw word imashaka, meaning “to the rear,” and Imashaka is Ronnie Manchaca’s breakout full-length. Evoking an I-35 midnight drive stuck in the right-hand lane behind a slow-moving 18-wheeler, the ten acoustic songs on Imashaka shimmer with psych-tinged guitar and call to mind a cross between a young Donovan and a very-old Lawrence Welk. Immersing the listener in singular tales of heartache, loneliness, boredom, the munchies, adult acne, and globalization, Imashaka finds Ronnie Manchaca at the precipice of becoming Austin’s next troubadour.
Ty Richards is the KUTX Artist of the Month for March. Photo by Martin do Nascimento/KUTX.
Ty Richards’ Zillion is easily one of the best Austin releases so far this year, hitting a sweet spot between rock-and-roll flash and nightclub slickness. Richards is a big disciple of Beck; his music sounds homegrown and curious, able to synthesize a lot of off-the-wall ideas into a sticky whole.
This week on My KUTX, Richards shows off his influences, and like his own music, it’s a groove-heavy guest DJ set. He also talks about empathizing with LCD Soundsystem, the gospel blues of Pop Staples, and the romantic side of Led Zeppelin. Tune in Saturday, March 25 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime at the bottom of the page.
–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX
1. Spoon – “The Fitted Shirt”
2. LCD Soundsystem – “Losing My Edge”
3. Beck – “Rental Car”
4. The Beatles – “Hey Bulldog”
5. Pops Staples – “Somebody Was Watching”
6. Arthur Joly – “Só o Esquisitão Dança”
7. Led Zeppelin – “Going To California”
8. The Modern Lovers – “I’m Straight”
9. Wilco – “Hummingbird”
10. Eagles Of Death Metal – “So Easy”
11. Tame Impala – “Apocalypse Dreams”