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.
Houston's got a plethora of musical acts, and whether yours is layered loops of Gregorian chant accompanied with a guitar run through six effects pedals or simply the next folkster in town, we think it deserves a chance to be heard. That's why we do all this sordid mining of the Internet, plunging through the depths of Facebook connections and even - gasp - the occasional MySpace page, searching out crop after crop of local music for your listening pleasure. Dig in.
Peloton: This post-hardcore outfit has some deadly stuff going on, what with the swirling vocals, sharp guitars, and some devastatingly heavy crunch. It's bombastic, anthemic, choppy, and possesses that inexplicable, intangible aspect that drives male concertgoers to jump headlong into a swarming mosh pit.
If any of this sounds remotely appealing, then you're bound to enjoy Peloton. They've got an early EP available for download on Bandcamp, and recently uploaded Twist Off Your Head, set to be released on 10" vinyl in December.
Coxcombs: We're not certain exactly who's involved in this doomy project, but there's at least one member of Indian Jewelry here. "Below Us," which they term "deadfunk" on their Soundcloud page, seems eerily reminiscent of Balaclavas rhythms and Fiskadoro.
"Bad Road" has more of the post-punk electro-kill beat, although this recording is an older demo. New track "I Think Of Demons" was just posted, and embraces a poppier, albeit still lo-fi sound.
The echoing bounces harken back to Jana Hunter's early solo recordings. It's fitting that the group is currently working on an LP for Dull Knife Records.
Other Sites: Soundcloud
Titan Blood: This throwback punk-rock quartet has been showing up in the concert listings a lot lately. Fast and loud, of course, "Too Much Talk" has a raspy '80s sound to it, while "Paws" has a heavier, hardcore style. These boys are set to release a record in a few weeks with a show at Rudyard's on November 18. The Energy, Weird Party and The Mahas are also on the bill.
Other Sites: Bandcamp
Papaya: The sometimes collaborative solo project from Fernando Alejandro of Somosuno, Papaya is a rollicking, colorful downright fun blend of sound. Electronic beats creep in and explode, horns call out the party, and Fernando spouts positive lyrics compelling everyone to enjoy life. It's hard not to like this.
In fact, we'd put good money on the table declaring Papaya the most positive musical act in town. One thing is certain, we've never encountered someone involved in local music who has the outright joy and positivity that Fernando possesses and pours into Papaya.
Be it the bounding enthusiasm with which he performs or the constructive admonishment he offers, it seems that negative just doesn't enter this gentleman's agenda.
Other Sites: Bandcamp
Football, Etc.: For those who grew up with emo's third wave, Football, Etc. is a harkening back to simpler days of heartbreak. Swirling, biting guitars, sharp drums, basslines that drop into the gut of longing, and some off-key vocals that seem to stretch for something intangible bring to mind Rainer Maria and Mineral.
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Oh, and yes - all the song and release titles are football-related. The band will tour the UK in December and January.