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Sounds Del Mar (Jennifer)

February 25, 2015

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Austin quartet Sounds Del Mar made their live debut about a year ago, and now their debut album, Miami Vice’n, is set for release on Nine Mile Records. The band is celebrating twice this week – an in-store at Trailer Space Records tomorrow and at their record release party this Saturday at The Mohawk. Their 70′s rock sound is infused with eclectic slices of new wave synths, disco grooves, and bluesy guitar riffs. The songs sound fantastic (FYI, the band is composed of sound engineers; they produced, recorded, and mixed the album themselves) and are ridiculously fun. Let their sonic sunshine help chase away those winter blues.

:Sounds Del Mar – Overgrown:
:Sounds Del Mar – Vidal Sassoon:

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Summer Swells (Jennifer)

June 25, 2014

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Just in time for the summer season, Austin’s Summer Swells have released a new single titled The Herbalist (b/w Intentions).  The title track feels like a country dance hall meets beach party with its surf rock vibe, tambourine crashes, twangy, reverb soaked guitar riffs and vintage Hammond organ fills. The B-side takes you just to the country dance hall with its winsome, mournful vocals and slow dance shuffle.

If you can’t make it over to the Blackheart on Friday for the SOTO PRESENTS show with Major Major Major, The Mole People and Löwin, then you should consider attending Summer Swell’s single release party at Cheer Up Charlie’s. It’s a solid show that also includes the adventurous indie rock of Royal Forest, who are working on the follow up to the stellar 2013 album, and the sunny, laid back grooves of Sounds Del Mar, who are planning to release their first full length this summer.

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Sounds Del Mar (Jennifer)

March 19, 2014

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Sounds Del Mar is a new Austin quartet (John “Fireball” Winsor, Will Rhodes, Mark Creaney, Zac Bryant), and I was lucky enough to catch their live debut at The Mohawk just before SXSW.

The band describes their sound as 70s rock, and they’ve made two songs available for listening on Soundcloud. I’ve been enjoying the hazy, feelgood West Coast vibe of their sound with its bluesy guitar riffs and funky, danceable bass grooves. I’m digging the harmonies with the falsetto call and response as well as the squiggly guitar and synthesizer solos on Lay Low. On Helicopters, they sing about the joys of making music with your friends; I especially like the irresistible bass groove that will find you shaking your hips. It’s like 70s blues infused rock shook hands with its funky, disco-loving friends. Good fun

Keep your eyes open for more from Sounds Del Mar; it looks like their next show is April 28 at Hotel Vegas. Check ‘em out!

 


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