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Holy Wave, originally from El Paso, Texas but now situated in Austin in order to pursue their own vision of Texas psych, they offer sweet melodies dyed in carefully constructed noise. The band have cemented themselves as a staple force in the international scene, with key performances at Levitation, Desert Daze, and nearly every psych gathering …

Austin’s rockers, Spoon, have released the band’s first new song since 2017’s acclaimed Hot Thoughts. ‘No Bullets Spent’ has Spoon’s signature sound stamped on the track immediately while silmultanesouly taking things in a new direction. It’s lazy, lounge-funk, full of warmth and almost that Beta Band fuzz that’s so attractive ‘No Bullets Spent’ is taken from …

Separated by 7,000 miles, Routine Death are the husband and wife duo of Lisa (Gothenburg) and Dustin Zozaya (Austin), the latter also playing in psych-pop outfit Holy Wave. They are set to release their debut LP, Parallel Universes, on Fuzz Club Records on 25th May. The ten-track offering is the perfect introduction into their world of dark, lo-fi …

El Paso multi-instrumentalists Holy Wave are back with a new album, Adult Fear, which drops on March 30th via The Reverberation Appreciation Society. Ahead of the release they’ve released a new video for the title track, and it’s one that sees the Austin quintet head into a world inhabited by hazy synths and expansive melodies. …

If his first EP, Part One – Strange love and consequence, was about a recurring dream, then the latest in a set of EPs entitled ‘The Balance EP’s’ from Louisiana born and Austin based singer-songwriter Ben Millburn is about dealing with them. Whereas it’s predecessor was a loud affair, so this new EP, Local Honey …

If you’re in need of something to drift away to on this wet STurday afternoon, let us here at Backseat Mafia point you in the direction of Evan Evan, by Austin based shoegazers Pale Dian. Taken from their forthcoming debut LP Narrow Birth, out on June 3rd via Manifesto Records, it wraps up a tale …

White Denim are one of those kinds of bands that just make you want to drive insanely fast and punch the air with your fists. They make this kind of uptempo, good time rock and roll that is a little more caffeinated than your average fun time rock band. Another thing about White Denim is …

Austin, Texas based five piece Holy Wave have released some new visuals for their track Minstrel’s Gallop, taken from their latest album Freaks of Nurture, out now on The Reverberation Appreciation Society records. It has this frankly gorgeous swirl about the whole thing, as these guitar riffs and accompanying organ sweep under the vocals, which …

Austin shoegaze trio Ringo Deathstarr return with a new album and a fuller, more mature sound – With the band saying “We have never spent as much time on any album before, but it was only a few hours a day maybe 3 times a week… Sometimes less”. The resulting fifth album, Pure Mood is …

editing by Nick Pett words and interview by Su Ciampa About a decade ago, my friend Courtney, whom I met while living in a New York City women’s hotel run by Nuns, introduced me to the work of American artist Kathleen Lolley.   Courtney met the artist at a gallery event that Lolley curated at Camp …