Synth-driven pop probably isn’t the first type of music that comes to mind when you think of Austin. Historically, we’re a guitar town with a rich garage and blues rock tradition going back decades. So when MAMAHAWK released their synth-laden self-titled debut album in 2015 it definitely caught our attention. Now, a few years on, the Austin three-piece consisting of  James Reed, Adam Littman, and Brennan Howell return to their keyboards and drum machines for a new album. That doesn’t mean they’ve left the guitars at home, like their earlier work, MAMAHAWK leans on their considerable songwriting chops to create complex arrangements consisting of both electronic and acoustic instruments. Simple rhythms, guitar licks, and the occasional horn blossom into layers of synthesizers that can bounce from pop to funk to dance music over the course of a single track. Take a peek at their music video for “Lioness” below to get a taste.

***KUTX Features***

8/8 – LIVE in Studio 1A at 8 p.m.

8/25 – Guest DJ on MY KUTX at 6 p.m.


8/4 @ One-2-One Bar at 8 p.m.

*Swan Dive Residency*

9/1 @ Swan Dive at 12:30 a.m

9/8 @ Swan Dive at 12:30 a.m

9/15 @ Swan Dive at 12:30 a.m

9/22 @ Swan Dive at 12:30 a.m

9/29 @ Swan Dive at 12:30 a.m