The Record Lounge: Reviews 04/07/11 – Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Here Holy Spain, True Widow and More

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – Scandalous

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I really want to see this band in a smaller atmosphere. Both times I have seen them have been in festival settings (ACL 2009 and Dia de los Toadies Tres) and can only imagine the sort of sweaty, roof blowing barn burning types of sets these guys deliver  in a more controlled environment.  Scandalous, the second full length release from Austin’s Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears is an unrelenting journey through R&B drenched rock and soul that should put souls back into the dead. Or at the very least make you shake it. And shake it hard. Denying the first single, “Booty City” is nearly impossible, and who would want to?  It is clearly the spokesperson for this altogether criminally incredible release from one of Texas’ fantastic musical treasures.

Here Holy Spain – Division

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Bigger, thicker and meaner than its predecessor, the sophomore release from D/FW punk trio Here Holy Spain has arrived with a fury. As one of the main players in the current D/FW punk rock renaissance, Here Holy Spain has matured quite a bit (no worries, though… not TOO mature) as a unit since their 2009 debut, Manic – the pop elements are there, without being overly pop-punk. Recorded with Casey Di Iorio at Valve Studios, Division displays a musical depth, crisp bite and clarity these songs deserve. Standout tracks include “Can’t Control”, the opener “Do I Love”, and “New Bones To Break”. Celebrate the release of Division with Here Holy Spain this Saturday, 4/9/11 at LaGrange in Dallas. You won’t be sorry.

Moon Duo – Mazes

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Moon Duo is the side project of San Francisco’s Wooden Sjhips guitarist Ripley Johnson. At a perfectly paced 8 songs, Mazes is an enjoyable journey incorporating Krautrock laced psychedelia with indie sensibilities. Standout tracks include the opener, “Seer”, “Fallout”, and the closer, the sprawling almost 8 minutes of “Goners”.




True Widow – As High As the Highest Heavens and from the Center to the Circumference of the Earth

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Dallas stoner drone-gaze outfit True Widow returns with their splendid sophomore release, As High As the Highest Heavens and from the Center to the Circumference of the Earth to lofty expectations. Early buzz and attention has proven this to be one of the more anticipated albums of 2011. Renowned for ear splitting volume, the overdrive and distortion of this recording captures the live essence of the band, sludging their way through 9 songs evoking many styles and influences in a My Bloody Valentine meets Sleep on a dreary British afternoon and not in any real hurry to get anywhere sort of way. It’s bands such as this that add the depth to the North Texas music scene, please, do not take them for granted.


~ by thesynaptic on April 7, 2011.

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