On first listen, Austin quintet Dreamboat sounds awesomely similar to the funky country sounds of Little Feat. It’s the harmony-heavy, soul-oriented melodies propped up on funk-pop rhythms, with lead blues guitar tying it all to together that really give of those heady 70s vibes . BUT, then they write songs like Spent The Day Lying In Bed, and you realize how nimble their style really is. The young members gracefully achieve a nostalgic kind of musical color and movement and deliver it in a package of great pop production. Basically, it’s infectious and fun, like reliving the best day you ever had at summer camp.
Loose Tooth is the name of their new album and we love it. Musical critiquing aside- check ’em out. They play on all the coolest stages in Austin and took time to perform for us at Studio 1A, where we caught up with the group and heard their music first hand. Check out the interview and performances below!
– Sam Harrell
It might be 22 years since Austin singer-songwriter David Halley put out a record but you wouldn’t know it from listening to his new album, A Month of Somedays, released on December 2nd. The new work is a true return to form and a perfect example of what makes good Americana music so poignant. The songs are stripped down but brimming full of emotion thanks to David’s graceful guitar and formidable voice. A seasoned veteran of the Austin music scene, Halley appeared in Austin City Limits performances dating back to 1983 and shared the stage with legends like Townes Van Zandt, Butch Hancock, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore.
Hear the Austin legend return to the airwaves in the player at the bottom of this post!
The Dandy Warhols, on tour for the release of their ninth studio album Distortland, dropped by Studio 1A to chat about the record, their changing (and not changing) sound, the rising population of their hometown Portland, the challenges they faced when trying to break through the British techno-pop scene in the 90s, and the movie Dig!. The groups wry songs about modern life still resonate on songs like “You Are Killing Me” and “STYGGO”. Listen to our conversation as well performances by the group below.
Los Angeles’ Warbly Jets stay true to the spirit of good ol’ fashioned rock and roll. Warbly Jets’ single “Alive” has the perfect title because that is exactly how it makes you feel. Imagine driving through California with your best friends in an old school convertible and you can get a sense of what this song feels like. The music takes you back to a simpler time when bands weren’t worried about conveying a profound message or trying to incorporate other genres to be considered critical darlings. Warbly Jets played a show at The Sidewinder with The Mystery Lights and will be back in Austin for SXSW 2017. Check out their stripped down performance in Studio 1A below.
It’s difficult to make meaningful pop music these days, but Scenery manages to make it look easy. Scenery’s music is catchy and playful, with just the right amount of synths. The band hails from Austin, and you can hear some of the southern influences in their guitar riffs, but the rest of the instrumentation has sounds that will please listeners from around the world. The songs are upbeat enough to make you feel like you just drank a cup of coffee, but one that will make you productive and one that isn’t just empty calories and sweetener. Scenery’s debut LP “Two Stares” comes out on January 6th, 2017, but they are celebrating it at Cheer Up Charlie’s this Saturday! Listen to their Studio 1A session below!