Dig This: Female Demand, EndIsNow, Daniel Zen, Soulutionn, and Vivian Pikkles
The current volume of local music is staggering. New Houston bands are born daily, and all too often pass away just as quickly. Rocks Off wants to help you (and ourselves) keep up.
We know the Houston Press Music Awards were last night, and we gave everyone a veritable local music feast over the weekend with our annual HPMA showcase, but don't dare try and tell us that you're sick of local music yet. With all the acts in this town, you'd better come hungry for Houston tunes: zealous and ready to overindulge, as we Houstonians have a knack for doing in so many areas. We've set the table, now dig in.
Female Demand in costume at perhaps their most infamous performance, at the 2009 Westheimer Block Party.
Photo by Joe Ortiz
Female Demand: This powerful noisy duo creates thunderous rhythms that melt ears with nuclear proficiency. Bassist-cum-pedal wizard Bradley Muñoz has tweaked his stompboxes to precision, evoking sounds never before heard by man, while drummer Jonathan Perez's arms fly furiously around his kit. The end result is in the same vein as Lightning Bolt, and makes for great workout music. Live, they play at eardrum-rupturing volume.
Currently, Female Demand has a couple of EP's under its belt and hopefully a new release on the way in the near future, as well as a brand new video by Shelby Hohl that surfaced this week.
Vivian Pikkles, complete with hotdog bun wrapped around her microphone.
Photo by Marc Brubaker
Vivian Pikkles & The Sweethearts Über Alles: Are you a female who loves boys, beers, burgers, and punk music? If so, Pikkles is definitely the band for you. Males are welcome to enjoy this April Patrick-led project as well, of course. The fun-loving punk crew explores topics such as pizza parties, brews, cats, dudes, and similarly pressing issues. The light-hearted, fast and brash garage punk harkens back to long-gone Houston acts like Junior Varsity and The Ka-Nives. To all those who missed out on Pikkles and her Sweethearts at the HPMA Showcase (many did, we were there): don't make the same mistake again.
Soulutionn: This groovy new project is full of soul -- duh. Featuring some nice flows from Boi Dru backed with the talented female voice of Suraiye, they've already churned out a pair of music videos, dropped some singles into the blogosphere, and have an upcoming show on Saturday night at Jet Lounge/Echo. As an added bonus, Dale Meadows, drummer extraordinaire of The Julys is involved.
Courtesy of Daniel
Daniel Zen: Daniel Zen is a new solo project from Daniel Berkowitz, the lyrical half of Ghost Mountain -- one of our favorite acts to develop in our fair city. With Stephen Farris heavily entrenched in his own Cosmic Sound endeavors, we're not certain if the duo will reconvene in the future, so it's especially exciting to see Daniel pop up with new material. Those familiar with his playful lyrics (which are often profound in a roundabout manner) and cadence will find the new Zen songs entertaining.
Other Sites: Bandcamp
EndIsNow: We'll close out this week with an thrashy, abrasive, unapologetic rock act that we came across on Bandcamp, EndIsNow. Formed back in 2009, their website declares that they came across a solid lineup in the middle of this year. Judging by the demo they've produced, the trio is solid indeed, while also being inventive enough to avoiding falling into the rut of being another trite punk band. It's yet to be seen what an official release will sound like, but for now there's a pretty strong Ministry vibe coursing through these tunes.
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