Tuesday, September 10, 2013
5 new tracks from DFW bands
Check out new sounds from Bowling for Soup, Booty Fade and more.
“I never was the hip kid/I always use words like ‘hip’” is how Bowling for Soup lead singer Jaret Reddick jokes in the single from the just-released album Lunch. Drunk. Love. He’s on the money with that line. Since the pop-punk band’s first brush with household fame in the early 2000s, the foursome hasn’t strayed far from the easy power chords and comically direct lyrics that defined its breakout hit (“Girl All the Bad Guys Want.”) The group’s diehards aren’t complaining about a lack of sonic innovation, though — they just live for BFS’s live show, one of the most enjoyable experiences to be had around these parts. Don’t believe me? Go to the September 14 CD release show at Trees. Prepare to giggle.
Aaron Thedford’s seemingly involuntary rasp continues to set his vocal performances apart from those of other Dallas frontmen. Paired with his band’s loose, garage rock approach, the voice becomes more asset than distraction, even when the guy doesn’t land squarely on the right pitch. American Werewolf Academy’s new single “Edge of the Bed” — recently released on a colored 7-inch vinyl record — packs a muscular melody and moody strings. Hear it live on October 12 at Double Wide.
“Lowered Lids,” Little Black Dress
Dallas scene vets Nolan Thies and Toby Pipes (formerly of one-time chart-topper Deep Blue Something) compose Little Black Dress, the shoegaze-rock band whose covers (“Don’t Worry Baby”) and originals serve as fitting soundtracks for any hazy daydream. “Lowered Lids,” a single from the new EP Dunes, is no exception. Its ringing guitars and half-whispered vocals will take you away more effectively than Calgon.
The three dudes who make up Bad Sports — one of the most capable Texan punk acts of the last decade — are riding high on the release of their third Dirtnap Records LP, Bras. Fresh from buying the limited vinyl edition of the album, I can attest to the worthiness of any of its tunes. But the single “Let Me In” stands as an infectious example of the group’s signature singalong vocals, brash lyrical come-ons and effortless authenticity. It also features the most seamless reference to texting I’ve ever heard in a song. See Bad Sports live September 19 at Three Links in Deep Ellum.
“T.Y.B.,” Booty Fade featuring Yung Nation
I’m hoping you didn’t first learn about twerking from Miley Cyrus. But if you did (sigh), you should seek out more insight into the time-tested, albeit risqué tradition by blasting the latest tunes from the Dallas production duo Booty Fade. DJ Sober and Picnictyme remix and reimagine popular North Texas rap tunes, creating worthwhile twerking jams while giving new shine to an already healthy hip-hop scene. “T.Y.B.,” featuring elements from Yung Nation’s “Shawty Wassup,” is the strongest Booty Fade track yet. See the guys at the Breakaway Music Festival, September 21 at Toyota Stadium, formerly FC Dallas Stadium.
This heady DFW rock band has garnered plenty of buzz for months, but I mention it now because it’s one of the local acts playing this weekend’s Dia de los Toadies fest in Fort Worth. Find out more here.
If you know of a song you think I should include next week, let me know.