It’s been a little over five years since singer-guitarist Spencer Garland was labeled a “Punk Rock Randy Newman” and began his stint at the front of Austin’s PR Newman. In the short time that’s passed, the group’s built up quite a following in Central Texas, thanks in no small part to Garland’s undeniable talent, lyrical candor, and overall mastery of the rock n roll genre.
Soon PR Newman just followed up their 2018 debut Turn Out with the sophomore LP Private Lives, self-recorded, produced and engineered by Garland himself and featuring fifteen previously-unheard originals. Making its appearance about a third way through the record is Private Lives’ second single, “Who Swept The Jungle?”, an examination of the relationship between idealism and the actual journey that goes into those pursuits and coinciding with a music video as well, co-directed by KUTX favorite Matthew Logan Vasquez.
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