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From the Open Blog: Megafauna!

Riding the recent wave of publicity from their fifth national tour, Megafauna is finally releasing its full-length debut album, Larger than Human. Fans and press alike are singing the praises of Megafauna, Austin’s newest rock sensation.

Megafauna features Dani Neff as vocalist/axe-wielding guitar goddess and Will Krause and Cameron Page as her rocking rhythm section. Neff has been called a "sexy maniac" and often comes on stage in a Tyrannosaurus Rex costume, which she then strips off to reveal a skintight leopard print unitard, tutu or a star track mini dress. Neff has been described as a “shredmaster” and consistently stuns audiences with one-million-notes-a-second blasts of power.

“Will Krause and Cameron Page’s brimstone rhythm heed to solos that will melt the seals off seven scrolls,” writes Jeremy Martin from the San Antonio Current. “Neff pulls off several of the moves that eventually required Van Halen to undergo hand surgery.” Austin blog, Big Western Flavor, described Neff’s solos as “blood-curdling, burning flesh.” Called “noise-pop glory” by Detroit blog Deep Cutz, and “grunge rock and metal-inspired madness” by Flagpole Magazine, Megafauna is making quite the impact around the country. One awe-struck fan said that it is a “shocking co-mingling of everything that matters.”

Underground poet Thax Douglas, who has introduced the likes of MGMT and Dirty Projectors, read a poem before Megafauna’s last show at Mohawkand then explained that Megafauna is “one of the best bands on the planet.”

Much like Megafauna’s music and live performances, their newest album Larger than Human is a pastiche. Larger than Human was recorded at four Austin recording studios: Cacophony Recorders, Premium Recording, The Bubble and Cucuy Productions. “It’s an unconventional approach,” Will Krause explains. “We wanted the album to have a unique texture. We thought that recording different kinds of songs at different studios would accentuate the area covered by the album.” “It remains cohesive though,” adds Neff. “We also wanted to offer listeners around the country a sampling of what Austin has to offer in the way of recording.” At Cacophony Recorders, Megafauna worked with Eric Wofford, the man behind the Black Angels’ first album. They also worked with Alex Lyon at The Bubble, a studio that has recorded And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Jet, and Explosions in the Sky.

Larger than Human is heroic and outlandish, at once heavy and poppy, improvisational and staunchly composed. It is Stereolab meets ACDC, featuring vintage metal riffs paired with gorgeous ethereal vocals. The album is epic yet fiercely catchy. One listener noted, “these songs are crazy, but they get stuck in your head.” “Not enough can be said about this band” said Austin blog Cannibal Cheerleader, “they supply a smorgasbord of indie-rock madness for all to enjoy.”

Hole in the Wall will be abuzz on the night of Saturday, August 21st in celebration of Larger than Human’s release. “We’re really excited,” guitarist/vocalist Dani Neff says of the new release, “It sounds fantastic.”

The party kicks off at seven and features eleven Austin indie-rock bands, including Transmography, Red Leaves, Death is Not a Joyride, We the Granada and The Hi-Tones. The event is free before 9:00pm and $3 after 9pm. “We try to make sure all of our shows are cheap,” says Neff. “We don’t want anyone to be turned away because of money.” Austin booking and promotion company, Lucy The Poodle Productions, is putting on the event. “There will probably be a special appearance by our favorite poet and good friend, Thax Douglas,” Neff assures.

Texas and Louisiana tour dates for August and September, as well as more information on buying the CD, can be found at www.myspace.com/mymegafauna.

(Ed.: this post taken from Megafauna's post on our DIY Open Blog, check out other Open Blog posts in the Deli Kitchen.) 

   

Old Punch Card

Thrill Jockey announced today that the new album from Sam Prekop (The Sea and Cake), Old Punch Card. The album will be released on September 7th, and it is Sam’s first solo record in five years. The album is inspired by early electronic music and avant-garde composition and is comprised entirely of modular synthesizers. There is only one instance of guitar and no vocals or beats.

Sam will be touring with Broken Social Scene this fall and will be playing at The Riviera on October 2nd.

   

Photo Recap: Social Studies, Maus Haus, 60-Watt Kid and Mantra @ The Rickshaw 8/7

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Photo Recap of Social Studies' Album Release Show

- Ada Lann

 

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Photo Recap: Social Studies, Maus Haus, 60-Watt Kid and Mantra @ The Rickshaw 8/7

   

Chew Heart

I’ve spent the weekend digesting the debut album, Messy Snarls, from Laura Granlund and Curt Swank (aka Chew Heart). The duo has been performing together for the last six years, and finally entered the studio, with the talented Brian Zieske (Gallery of Carpet), to capture some of that live energy. Messy Snarls finds the duo wearing their influences on their sleeves and pouring everything out through their instruments. The album was recorded live and you can tell in the sound, but I feel that adds to the nostalgic feel of the album.

What sets Chew Heart apart is that they do give a subtle nod to their love of ‘60’s pop, but they don’t drown in it like many bands today. In fact I would say they are more influenced by ‘90’s indie rock than anything else. In fact, I would say this band is a combination of Saturday Looks Good to Me and Frente. There is a raw edge, but sweet innocence that ultimately prevails.

Chew Heart celebrates the release of Messy Snarls on Sept. 12th at The Whistler, but you can purchase it from their etsy page for just $5.