So much to share, so little time, so let’s get started with these Ten for Your Attention. First off is Austin band The Merles. If the voice sounds familiar, that’s because the lead singer is former Dallas native Todd Deatherage. The Ghost has been a fan of Deatherage’s ever since his days with The Calways. While I haven’t followed his career as closely since he moved to Austin, from what I gather The Merles is part cover band, part original music. It sounds like Austin’s answer to The King Bucks personally. They’ll be releasing an album this fall I believe. Here’s one of the songs from said album, “Texas in July”.
Here’s another Austin band for you by the name of Breaklights. In a review by Faster and Louder, the blog called their music “pop-punk for adults.” The only thing I’ll add is that if you liked Lucy Loves Schroeder but not Good Charlotte, take that as a good sign for liking the songs from Breaklight’s EP, Instructed to Fail. To give you a little taste of the EP, here’s my favorite track, “Mainstay”.
Finally getting to some Dallas music now. OK, so technically Pageantry is a Denton band, and not Dallas. You get my point. Obviously the band had more songs in them than could fit on their Influence album. As a result, they just released a new EP, Vicious Wishes. It’s everything you’d expect a Pageantry EP to sound like. That makes all these tracks easy to “Embrace”. OK, that was bad, I know.
Do you remember a young lad from Dallas named Scott Riegel? He released a charming little album called Wait ’til Something Hits You, which bears absolutely no resemblance to his current project, Friday Boys. Gone are the jangly indie pop tunes, replaced by experimental noise and synth effects. I’ll be honest, most of the tracks may be hard to get into unless if you really dig experimental music. Having said that, “Falling Between What” is a real gem of a synth-pop track.
Francine Thirteen (shown above) will be releasing a video shortly for the song “Sovereign”. In the meantime, she’s generously allowing me to share this track with you for today. I think the music speaks for itself, so the only comment I’ll make is that it’s by favorite song by Francine Thirteen yet.
Here’s a little something I stumbled upon a few weeks back. Dallas’ Surprising Flavor manages to blend elements of psychedelia with their take on surf rock. Here’s “Patient”, the opening track off of Beach Party.
You probably already knew about the new Party Static song, “Wasted Waster”. You probably gave it a listen as soon as it made the Brooklyn Vegan website. If you haven’t listened yet, take time to do so. And if you have, well, listen to it again.
Austin singer-songwriter Jonathan Fox will be releasing his album, Loverlust, on July 26th. Here’s a taste of what to expect with the song “Family & Friends (Hurt & Make Up)”.
I met Jared Sachs when he played the Deep Ellum Arts Festival this year, and the man has some sick guitar skills. His band Samsara blends jazz and rock together, and does so nicely. Here’s a new track from them called “Mirror Eyes”.
Finally, this Maren Morris is not a new song. In fact, it’s an old demo of hers that has recently been making the rounds in social music. While “Dear Hate” was recorded many years ago, the lyrics feel especially timely with as much tragedy and cruelty has been surrounding us lately. If music truly can heal, then “Dear Hate” might be the best medicine you’ll consume today.