Fans-in-the-know may remember that Little Radar‘s first EP, Kill A Buffalo (2011), was already getting the band quite a bit of attention. But the hook for your friendly neighborhood Austin Music Minute maven was on their sophomore release, Up In Arms (2012), with the guitar-ridden rocker “Spitfire.” And it was easy to fall in love with the band’s video for the track, which – literally – made quite a splash.
In the midst of a very busy tour last year, Little Radar was able to pay a visit to Sputnik Sound in Nashville, a studio run by award-winning producers/engineers Mitch Dane and Vance Powell. That visit inspired their decision to work with Dane on their full-length album, so the band returned in February and hit the ground running.
Their time in the studio was limited, but they found the pressure and the frantic pace brought out some of their best creative collaborations. Souvenirs, recorded live to tape, shows the band experimenting with different sounds and instruments in a combination of rock, folk and psych.
Little Radar is celebrating the release of Souvenirs with a special album release show Saturday night at Stubb’s indoor venue, 801 Red River. Rather a great local line-up, indeed, starring The Calm Blue Sea and The Baker Family. This is a lot of amazing music. Doors open at 9 p.m. Recommended.