Out of the ashes of Built By Snow, there’s Oh Look Out. The act is the bedroom project of BBS singer/guitarist/keyboard player JP Pfertner. At the end of October, he is releasing the second OLO album, Orchestrated Fuzz, which is sure to be full of super catchy indie pop rock tunes with lots of videogame influenced keyboard sounds (at past shows, the band even quizzed audience members by playing snippets from popular video games and giving away CDs to the winners). The first single is Monster Fiction and a video has been released for this track. 80s kids should rejoice as the homemade VHS-inspired video features lipsynching toys and action figures from that era; the song is filled with the band’s signature Casio keyboard sounds and jittery, staccato guitars.
Shortwave Party are one of the latest welcome additions to Austin’s indie pop scene in 2012. This quintet creates charming and upbeat guitar pop tunes with soaring vocals, plenty of jangly riffs, and just enough groove to make you bob your head and tap your feet. Last month, they released their first EP, Where To Begin. It’s available as a free download on Bandcamp, and for the vinyl collectors, you can purchase it as a limited edition 7″. They perform frequently at venues like 29th St Ballroom, Hole in the Wall, and Beerland. Their sound finds itself comfortably somewhere between the influences of the Smiths and the Buzzcocks and more contemporary bands like Real Estate and Beach House. Go get your jangle on and enjoy.
:Shortwave Party – Where To Begin: