Well folks, it appears this will be my final post at Side
One: Track One for some time. Iíll be spending the summer
in Dallas working a consulting internship as part of my
degree. A mere three-and-a-half hours up the road is
sufficient enough to feel disconnected from the Austin music
scene, so Iíll be on extended hiatus.
Brad, one half of the Austin-based
blog Both Sides Of The Mouth, will be
taking over my duties here at Side One. If you havenít read
it before, Both Sides of the Mouth is a great source for new
tunes, plus awesome illustrations (if youíve read it before,
youíll know what Iím talking about). I know heíll be able
to keep you up on whatís good in town while Iím out.
Thereís a likelihood that I may be venturing around to
different cities during the summer. So be on the lookout for
a few "Dispatches from Nowhere" if Iím able to spare a
minute for local scenes around the country.
Screen Door Porch
Now that weíve got that out of the way, letís have some
music. Like I said, Iíll be traveling a lot this summer
(for work, and for fun), so I think a few good tunes for
travel are in order. So we turn our attention to a
male-female duo by the name of Screen Door Porch (if that
got you thinking about Uncle Tupelo, then youíre not
alone). The band is Seadar Rose (on female vox and
acoustic/electric guitars) and Aaron Davis (on male vox, and
just about everything else). Together the duo continue in
the tradition of the rootsy
music they listened to growing up. Their feel for
storytelling through music is, Iíve come to find out, is the
kind that draws you in and spits you out some 50 minutes
later, seemingly weary from a long, unpredictable adventure.
A jumpy critic could spend hours writing about the
instrumentation on the album, but what gets me about this
music is its beautiful craft as storytelling. Songs move
with energetic consistency, rhythmically revealing one riff,
one lyric at time. Yet, like time itself, each consistent
moment is charged with new dynamic contrast - a plot twist,
a few perfect words hitched together in metaphor, a long
tone on a dominant chord. A story forms: each unique memory
of the past is framed in the folk rhythm of the music.
Those stories, like any indicative of the genre, subtly
reveal that sublime mix of confidence and vulnerability
which marks us all as human.
Cheap Ryan Adams comparisons aside, Screen Door Porch make
the perfect music for the traveler. No doubt because,
venturing to Austin, Texas from their home in Jackson Hole,
Wyoming to record the album and play SXSW, the duo
encountered enough travel stories to fill more than 12
songs. My best bet is that Iíll be listening to them while
looking out windows on far flights across Poland and the
American Midwest, on sleepy car rides through small towns in
Texas or while simply walking up the street to visit a good
friend. Thatís not a critical perspective, itís a personal
Door Porch - Wrong The Right:
One final song for the road, one that seems a good fit with
Screen Door Porch (it was recorded in
after all), and one that Iíve inevitably listened to
traveling across the world: Uncle Tupeloís New Madrid.
Thanks for reading. Safe travels.
Tupelo - New Madrid:
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