Yeah, I admit it. Your humble Austin Music Minute maven sort of missed it the first time around. Reviewers giving kudos to local trio Kay Leotard had noted the reference to the late Jay Reatard, of Memphis-based bands The Reatards, Lost Sounds and numerous others, and legendary punk/garage-rock DIY solo artist who left behind one hell of a legacy.
It’s a fitting tribute. The Reatard/Leotard camps may go in different directions (maybe one decidedly more punk and the other psychedelic, respectively), but there’s a similar maelstrom energy dealing the blows. Granted, Kay Leotard does a more sultry slow burn, but then make way for the inevitable face-melting that follows. Their 2012 EP Witchuals is full-on psychedelic garage rock with something seductive in the vocals of guitarist Kristina Boswell and bassist Mirna Hariz that add a dreamy vibe to their sound without dulling the rock edge.
If you haven’t seen Kay Leotard yet, there’s a treat in store for you. See them play tonight at Holy Mountain, 617 E. 7th St. And it’s a very good bill, indeed: Fabulous glitter punk fiends Lola Cola, Fort Worth psych/indie rockers The Cush, and songwriter Jess Williamson. Doors open at 9 p.m. Get there early to see them all. You’ll thank me later. Recommended.