Nice Vice

Who: It doesn’t matter what kind of music you make; bands always appreciate a great sound engineer. They are artistes; they help you achieve things in the studio and at live shows with attention to detail and a damn good ear. It can also be a pleasant experience when working with a sound engineer who is also a musician. If you are out and about in the local music scene, these names may ring a bell: Will Rhodes, Mark Creaney, Zac Bryant and John Winsor have each played in their own bands, and have worked the circuit as sound engineers. However, a couple of years ago, they got a bit burned out with sound mixing. It was time to play again. That is how Sounds Del Mar came to be.

What: Party jet, anyone? Sounds Del Mar makes fun, groovy rock with a cheeky nod to pre-Y2K music and fashion trends, or, as they’ve put it, “…’70s rock ‘n’ roll from the ’90s.” They’re making their official debut with their new album, Miami Vice’N, with a big release party. (Yes, it’s also available on cassette, duh.)

When and where: Head out to Trailer Space Records, 1401 Rosewood Ave. in East Austin. And you may want to get there early, because Sounds Del Mar invited friends Shivery Shakes and Blue Healer to be on the bill. The music starts at 7 p.m. tonight.

Why: This is how you rock, baby. Prepare to shred and be shredded. So recommended it hurts. And don’t feel bad if you miss Sounds Del Mar tonight; you can see them at the double-release show they’re doing with Texas Never Whispers this Saturday at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, with Slomo Drags and Other Lovers. Boom.

– Photo courtesy of the artist.

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