Get ready, all you Austin music freaks, because MASSIVE RELEASE is exactly what it sounds like. Next Friday, May 7th, prepare yourselves for a night of musical madness as Simple Shoes (the leader in sustainable, eco-friendly shoes) presents one huge ass party (in association with everyone’s favorite party kids, Knuckle Rumbler) at Encore. For months, two of Austin’s biggest local bands–The Rocketboys and Quiet Company–have been working their butts off, recording new tunes and touring the country, and now, NEXT WEEK, there will be one hell of a party to celebrate the massive release (hence the name) of some of their brand new material.

It might seem like it’s been a while since you’ve seen The Rocketboys play in their hometown, but these kids haven’t forgotten about us. For eight months, the band has been on the road, playing numerous shows (including high priority festival performances at CMJ, SXSW, and Daytrotter) in order to showcase their mastery of (what Paste Magazine has called) “rich anthems that are as infectious as they are sincere.” As a 5-piece indie rock group, who originally hail from a quaint, little town called Abilene, Texas, The Rocketboys have made a name for themselves fusing drum-driven, pop-sensible indie rock with an atmospheric element that, as they put it, “matches the expansive landscape in which they lived.” Next Friday, the boys are celebrating the VINYL release of their first, full-length studio album, 20,000 Ghosts— an album that’s been around since last September, and you can expect them to bring a damn good show to Encore, as they play alongside other great Austin bands.

Speaking of Austin’s other great bands, Quiet Company will be bringing their piano-infused skills to Encore next week, as they celebrate the release of their new EP, Songs For Staying In. Led by former Eisley contributor, Taylor Muse, the band has released 2 other albums since their inception in 2006. Known around town for their impeccable live performances, Quiet Company continuously provides uplifting songs, which they describe as “ranging from the raucously energetic to the beautifully intimate” that “never go without melodies that are immediately haunting and infectious.” If you want to check out some of their new tunes BEFORE the release next Friday, head over to their website where every Monday (until the event) they leak a song and video for each track.

Not only is MASSIVE RELEASE an event for these two bands, but it’s also going to treat you all to performance by MORE Austin bands: The Eastern Sea, Murdocks, STEREO IS A LIE and special guests, The Black and White Years.

As a 4-piece Austin band who likes to mix electronica with simple folk (sometimes adding a full-instrumentation, orchestral flair), The Eastern Sea comes to Encore with their interesting “Iron and Wine kind of feel but with a unique twist.” Centered around the music of vocalist/guitarist Matt Hines, the band has continuously displayed their knack for individuality and refreshing performances.

For six years now, The Murdocks have been doing their thing–churning out catchy, hook-filled, melodic songs, influenced by everything from punk rock to indie rock to garage rock to power-pop. They describe the their sound as “the punch of a drunk with the face of a beauty,” and over the years, they’ve made a name for themselves on the local and national music scene, releasing several albums and playing with acts like Cake and Ben Kweller.

I don’t know if you’ve heard of a little band called Neon Indian, or if you’ve ever heard a tune from the likes of Black Joe Lewis or Missions, but, if you have, then you should know that STEREO IS A LIE just so happened to beat out all these bands in Dell Magazine’s Emerging Artist poll–which kind of says something big about this brand new, loud rock band. They are the “Brit-rock” of the Austin scene, and they’ve placed on more “Bands To Watch” lists then I have time to name. While they’ve been in and out of the studio for months working on their first album, the 5-piece group has won over quite a few fans with their impressive and commanding live performances. Oh ya, and they’ve also got some international buzz. Do with that what you will, but I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say, you’ve gotta see these kids play.

FINALLY, the special guests playing next Friday evening just so happen to be one of the BIGGEST bands that Austin has to offer up–The Black and White Years. This synth-rock, indie art band got a pretty lucky break back in 2007 when Talking Heads’ guitarist/keyboardist Jerry Harrison happened to be one of the seven people present for their first appearance at SXSW. Because he was so impressed with the group, Harrison went on to produce their self-titled debut album in 2008, and the rest is history. Since then, they’ve released another EP and have played shows around the world (including festivals like CMJ, Fun Fun Fun, ACL, MIDEM, and 02 Wireless). Last year the group took home Austin Music Awards for Best Rock Band, Best New Band, Song of the Year (“Power to Change”), Bass Player of the Year (John Aldridge), and Producer of the Year (Jerry Harrison). While currently working on their sophomore album due out later this year, The Black and White Years come as the special guest to Encore for a reason–they’re pretty damn good.

MASSIVE RELEASE is going to be one massive event– SIX bands, TWO stages. Tickets ($10 advance, $13 at door) are going to go fast, so check out the Do512 event page to learn how to get them and to learn how you can get some FREE DRINKS.

If you want to feel uber-special, then make sure you check out the VIP ticket ($25)which includes:

  • Entry to the show
  • Access to the VIP Lounge
  • A Free instant download of the new Quiet Company EP
  • CD of Quiet Company’s “Song’s For Staying In”
  • Vinyl LP of The Rocketboys’ “20,000 Ghosts”
  • Free beer all night
  • Simple Shoes gift bag
  • Exploding in Sound compilation “GLORIOUS NOISE”

BUT there are only 50 available, so get ’em while you can.



April 30, 2010. Uncategorized.

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