It was heartbreaking reading The Boxing Lesson‘s story about recording their new album, Big Hits!. Keyboardist Jaylinn Davidson and guitarist/front man Paul Waclawsky sat down recently with my colleague Kevin Curtin of the Austin Chronicle to share the gory details of one of the most frustrating series of events they’d ever encountered – including having to literally get in someone’s face to get the band’s music back.
They started working on the album in 2009. Now, imagine losing a potential financial backer who decides to disappear and leave you with a massive studio bill, followed by a nasty car accident resulting in surgery and rehab for a damaged shoulder that puts you out of commission for awhile, then some disgruntled studio engineer steals your recordings in a hard drive and doesn’t give them back until you threaten the jerkwad to show him you mean business.
You can’t make this up. By the time the engineer had walked off with the hard drive, Waclawsky reportedly lost it. Thankfully, the music was saved, and now Big Hits! is a reality.
This does, indeed, call for a major celebration. Join The Boxing Lesson at their album release show tomorrow night at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the inside stage. Residual Kid’s Ben Redman is drumming for the band – and he’s amazing, by the way. This is also one of those triple bills I drool over that includes fierce rock trio Megafauna and dark psych-rock masters Obscured By Echoes. Doors open at 9 p.m. Recommended.