Monday, February 17, 2014
Local ear candy: New sounds from Old 97’s, Mystery Skulls and more
For your rugged rock, dance-pop listening pleasure.
"Longer Than You’ve Been Alive" — Old 97’s
When Dallas stalwarts Old 97’s recently announced the April 29 release date for the Salim Nourallah-produced album Most Messed Up, they also unveiled its first single, “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive.” But this particular tune is more monumental than the average 97’s single. As Rhett Miller and company celebrate two decades on the scene, they’re using this song’s lyrics to tell their own true tale. “I might butt heads with the guys in my band/but I never once went to work for the man,” Miller sings in a particularly flippant fashion. I’m quite sure the die-hards have already memorized these lyrics and are ready to shout them at live shows. Long live the Old 97’s.
"Just Like This" — Street Cries
Street Cries, the duo made up of Jordan Williams and Brent Elrod, premiered its debut single as a band in October; now there are eight additional tracks in the catalog thanks to the recent release of the new EP 33. I’m liking the progression of “Just Like This,” a self-referential powder keg of a song that becomes markedly more interesting when Williams (also on drums) starts half-screaming the title. I also admire the twisted ’50s-rock approach of “My Glass House.” The EP can be downloaded at the Bandcamp site above — be a dear and leave the band a tip, will you? Musicians gotta eat.
"Ghost" — Mystery Skulls
Nearly a decade ago in Dallas, musician Luis Dubuc started winning over listeners locally and nationally with his previous project, the Secret Handshake. Throughout his popular run under that name, he applied his bedroom-pop sensibilities to a variety of sounds. Now living in Los Angeles, Dubuc’s hitting new career heights as Mystery Skulls. He’s signed to Warner Bros. Records and polishing off a full-length debut that’s set to include contributions from the likes of recent Grammy champ Nile Rodgers, Idol sensation Adam Lambert and dance crossover king Avicii. And while he gets more audio ready, Dubuc is tiding fans over with a visual treat — an official video for the infectious dance-pop single “Ghost.” If you’ve watched The Exorcist multiple times in your life — and who hasn’t? — you’ll get a kick out of the spoof-happy clip.