Houston Music

Something Fierce Rolls Out Don't Be So Cruel

Tomorrow night at Mango's, Something Fierce releases their new LP, Don't Be So Cruel, their follow-up to 2009 full-length There Are No Answers, and the band's first release since last year's 7" "Where You Goin Man."

The trio of Steven Garcia, Niki Sevven, and Andrew Keith has made one of the best garage-punk records we will hear this year. Cruel rides on a worldly groove that reaches out far past Houston, for sure Texas, and at least the contiguous United States.

Portions of the 12 tracks are slow and methodical, while other entries echo what made you a Something Fierce plan in the first place five years ago. You can hear a few tracks off the new release on SF's Bandcamp site, including the title track, "Afghani Sands" and "What We Need Now."

Rocks Off spoke with the band this week about their influences, recording, that track "Future Punks" that has been frying our ear buds, and having garage label Dirtnap in their corner.

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Craig Hlavaty
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