$8 in advance/$8 at the door
9:30pm doors/10pm showtime
Sounds del Mar:
Sounds del Mar are a hard-working party band making waves in Austin, TX. Their music combines a 1970s, Thin Lizzy dual-guitar attack with XTC-style vocal harmonies, punctuated by warm analog synth tones. They have an undeniable sonic chemistry and live shows are renown for wild excess and reckless abandon.
In early 2014, Sounds del Mar began as a quirky side-project compiled of friends who met working as sound engineers. It quickly grew into something more. With roots in Austin-based touring acts (The Gourds, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Dave Dondero, 'Til We're Blue Or Destroy), the four-piece have individually played stages at Fun Fun Fun Fest, SXSW, New Orleans Jazz Fest, the Moody Theater, Denver Day of Rock, and ACL Fest. In the last few months, Sounds del Mar have shared bills with some of Austin's best: Ian McLagan (RIP), Sweet Spirit, James Petralli (White Denim), Think No Think, Slomo Drags, and The Marauders (Black Joe Lewis and Mario Mattioli of The Weary Boys and The Preservation). Coming off highly successful Southeast and Midwest tours the band is looking forward to a busy summer and fall. Following Mellowfest, Viva Big Bend Fest in July, and Austin Music Video Fest, Sounds del Mar is excited to be playing the BMI stage at ACL Fest in October before heading back out on tour for the rest of the fall.
Their debut album, Miami Vice'n, was recently released on Nine Mile Records. It was written, produced, recorded, and mixed entirely by Sounds del Mar, with some gear on loan and a little help from friends including their man Alex Lyon, who mastered the album at The Bubble's brand-new facility. Recent press includes reviews by KUTX DJ Laurie Gallardo and Side One Track One blog writer Jennifer Leduc.
Miami Vice’n is available for download from SoundsdelMar.com, iTunes and Google Play as well as available for streaming on Spotify and Soundcloud. Sounds del Mar is currently recording their second full length album due for release early 2016.
BBGUN began in a sunny living room, over coffee, on a Friday morning.
Before long, that first Friday morning turned into every Friday morning. Longtime friends Neal Perbix and Al Church began the songwriting sessions with few intentions. Just good friends getting together to play music.
Both had distinct styles, matured over years of fronting their own projects. But together, their collaboration took a new turn. BBGUN leans towards a sunny, poppy, alt-country vibe -- weaving lyrics both contemplative and playful and harmonies both sophisticated and singable. The pair's powerful songwriting connection found common themes within similar experiences growing up in small-town Minnesota. Biking down to the grocery store for a can of pop, fishing off the dock, playing music in their parents' basement. Those commonalities helped the pair tap into a carefree feeling. Complemented by Jeremy Hanson's expert, easy drumming, their rock 'n' roll tunes sound best coming from the speakers of a pickup truck.
In between drinking beers and swimming in the lake, the three crafted a debut album that Minneapolis' City Pages called "stunning."
"The sound that eventually emerged was instantly inviting but diverse," critic Rob van Alstyne wrote. "Songs like 'Pretend' tilt toward classic country, favoring gently strummed acoustic guitars and honky-tonk harmonies. Elsewhere, the sinewy 'Heavy' embodies the barrel-chested bravura of Springsteen-saluting bar-rock. Occasional string and horn section overdubs add a new layer of spot-the-classic influence, with a tune like the swooning orchestral-inclined ballad 'It's the Way' recalling Brian Wilson at his bummed-out best."
With an eye toward the carefree days of youth, BBGUN's debut album documents the anxiety and surprising joys of trading in late-night cigarettes for a kind of settling down.