Indie Rock

Eyelid Kid's Frosting Pop Lends this Damned Hot Summer Some Future Cool

As a fuckoff big Urban Outfitters goes up on the drag, and as a seemingly endless series of articles about the death of the Austin creative class at the hands of the Big Dollar swarms at us like a nonstop sandstorm of hurtytruth, it's nice that we at The Deli keep gettin’ an equal if not even psychically stronger swarm of good Austin music flowing at us from the other sociological direction. It helps to keep our souls from burning out, and it's especially cockles-warmin' (oh them neglected cockles) to know that there are still some Austin creatives out there succeeding at that most oldschool Austin of tasks, in that they’re able to both continue to make awesome shit and actually make a functioning business of it.

Among those makers who keep the good light burnin' and the money comin' in to the ATX the right way (and for the right people) is one Paul Grant- Record Label Manager at the stellar Raw Paw records, and the creative force behind Eyelid Kid, an electronic pop music act that just released an excellent new track of bouncy, tempo-changing beats called “Shadow Talk.”

“Shadow Talk” is a bit of a conundrum in this celebration-obsessed city, in that its very “now,” airy, thoughtful electronic production is complemented by lyrics that are all about frustration with dating someone who is all party all the time, a sentiment that you don’t hear expressed out loud that much here in Party City, Texas. If you’ve ever had the misfortune of being in the situation it discusses, “Shadow Talk” gets the feeling of being dead into someone while also being quite aware that they’re far more into themselves and The Party than is healthy just dead to rights. Lines like “But it’s just like you to blow me off” are almost painfully accurate that lopsided, always-doomed (but pretty thrilling while it lasts) dating set-up, but even if you’ve never been in that weird (and perhaps more Austin than we’d all like to admit) sexual limbo, the track itself is also just one gorgeously constructed piece of future pop music that should find itself buried deep in that part of the brain where ear worms live for any listeners who are into artful pop music.

Eyelid Kid himself calls it “frosting pop,” a moniker that encapsulates the “very bright and pretty and feels good right now” vibe of the track, though perhaps it undersells the somewhat outside-the-typical-pop-box thoughts in the lyrics. That fully pop-ness that also undermines pop expectations (lines could be maybe be drawn between Eyelid Kid’s approach and that of pop confusers PC Music) extends even to the album art, a manga-influenced piece by Blake Bohls that is very much in the realm of pop art but also very unlike most pop music record covers.

“Shadow Talk” is just one more piece of proof that Austin has a burgeoning pool of pop talent that is indie only in their disassociation with big labels and which fears no beat, and it is a wonderfully welcome piece of future-leaning pop music that is good for the Austinite’s soul, as it is for the soul of Austin itself. Eyelid Kid has only been performing since September, but it’s said that his shows are something magical to behold and more have been coming up of late (including a show at Empire Garage June 26th with The Deli Austin favorites Slooom and Shmu along with Hikes), so keep an eye on this entrepreneurial creator and embodier of the spirit of this city as it is when its being its true self at his Facebook page, and listen to the poplovely “Shadow Talk” below.

   

A Fellow Ship @ Johnnyland

A Fellow Ship is instantly gratifying! Sail the ship with Toronto’s latest folk fellows, their self titled EP was released last week at the Silver Dollar and is a an uplifting jubilee of poetic warmth. “Hit the Road” beats to a dancing drum of fiddles,mandolins and spirited harmonies that foot stomps its way to the end. “Wild Tonight” will get you going wild with outstanding boy-girl vocals. Listen as they take a step back with “In My Bones”; a quiet track that takes you on a heartbreak journey with soft harmonies and heartfelt guitars, that finishes with a mad piano. Don’t miss these fantastic friends get lively @ Johnnyland July 3rd with our friends Pins & Needles.

   

Premiere: Battlehooch - Type One Error + Plays The Independent 6/19

The San Francisco based psych-garage rock band, Battlehooch has graced us with new music! The band describes their new song, Type One Error to be a relic that took years to sculpt into a compositional form they felt was suitable enough for recording and live performances:

"This song dates all the way back to our formative college days at UCSC. "Type One Error" was always a favorite of ours and kind of an homage to our love for stuff like Brian Eno's early solo albums and other futuristic Glam Rockers. However, we were never able to nail it live or get a suitable recording back in the day. It eventually fell by the wayside until a couple years ago, we started jamming on it during band practice and it just clicked and everything fell into place. It has become a staple of our live shows ever since and has become much more of an epic beast since we've started playing it again. There's a whole section in the middle where our horn player, Tom, builds up a crazy wall of interlocking sax loops right on the spot!"

Type One Error is part of a two song digital single. It's meant to tide you over while we continue working on the follow up to our last EP, 'Wink." - Battlehooch

We love music with a backstory. Don't miss Battlehooch's live performance at The Independent on June 19th with Sun Hop Fat, Bear Lincoln and Lords Of Sealand. Support local music!

   

The Sindicate release new album Sleepwalker

What the world needs now is not love sweet love, what it needs is bands that can make dynamic music! It is not often I come across a band or album which I find myself, well, impressed with… The Sindicate impressed me. The band released their new album Sleepwalker Friday at the Star Theatre.

After having lived in California for a number of years and consequently having my ears flooded with every Sublime acolyte who could form a band I am always a bit leery of reggae bands. The first track on Sleepwalker dispelled any fears I may have had. I could immediately tell that this group of guys not only had a diverse range of influences but that they  were proficient at channeling them into their own music. The cherry on top was that they did it well. Each track has a really balanced blend on genres ranging from fairly straight forward reggae sounds to what I would say sounded like early Stones/ early punk stuff. As each track played I was quite pleased to hear very dynamic and diverse sounds in each individual song. Songs like Zombie evoke a sense of mystery and suspense almost like you’re tip toeing through some foggy graveyard at night while the very next song RB-HB feels more like a small Californian beach town on a sunny afternoon. Each song has its own vibe to the point it doesn’t feel like they took the same music and simply repackaged it with different lyrics. The work put into these songs shows. The band describes themselves as “reggae rock” and I would say that’s quite accurate. 

The overall dynamics of the album are similarly silky smooth. The placement of each track is very well done so that listening straight through the album feels like a musical journey. I was very impressed with how the album achieves a sort of roller coaster effect and does what a good album should do. It take you on a journey down through valleys and up through mountains.

The Sindicate and their team did a great job on this album on both a micro and macro level. The band shows excellent musicianship in a genre which is too often scabbed over with repetitive sounds. The band just embarked on a tour, but catch them when they return to Portland. In the meantime, listen to their new album here.

-Cory Huennekens

   

NXNE: June 17-21 2015

NXNE: Deli List, Here are our favorites!!

WED JUNE 17@The Painted Lady

Big Lonely

Teen Violence

WED JUNE 17@Coalition T.O.

Bike Thiefs

Catholic Girls

WED JUNE 17@Danforth Music Hall

Etiquette

WED JUNE 17@The Opera House

Anamai

WED JUNE 17@The Horseshoe

Blonde Elvis

For Esmé

 

WED JUNE 17@Lee's Palace

Doomsquad

Programm

ROLEMODEL

 

WED JUNE 17@The Drake

Prince Innocence

Bernice

 

WED JUNE 17@Bovine Sex Club

Mad Ones

 

WED JUNE 17@Handlebar

Murder Murder

 

WED JUNE 17@The Garrison

TWIST

 

WED JUNE 17@The Silver Dollar

The Corsets

 

Thursday June 18@The Horseshoe

Fake Palms

Bad Channels

Whimm

 

Thursday June 18@Handlebar

Walrus

Thursday June 18@The Opera House

Odonis Odonis

 

Thursday June 18@Smiling Buddha

Zones

 

Thursday June 18@The Cavern

Seraphic Lights

 

Thursday June 18@Silver Dollar

Comet Control

Elsa

 

Thursday June 18@The Garrison

Wrong Hole

Soupcans

Crosss

 

Friday June 19@The Garrison

Votiiv

 

Friday June 19@Lee's Palace

Fresh Snow

 

Friday June 19@Adelaide Hall

Zoo Owl

 

Friday June 19@Smiling Buddha

Foam

 

Friday June 19@The Silver Dollar

Dilly Dally

Pet Sun

 

Saturday June 20@The Bovine Sex Club

Terrorista

 

Saturday June 20@The Handlebar

Jaunt

 

Saturday June 20@Rivoli 

Sun K

 

Saturday June 20@The Silver Dollar

Mexican Slang

Beliefs

Dirty Frigs

 

Saturday June 20@Adelaide Hall

Greys

Das Rad

 

Saturday June 20@The Garrison

Darlene Shrugg

Michael Rault

Bile Sister