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May 15, 2024

Wild Wren: “I’M A BIRD”

By: Jack Anderson

Back in the day, if you were to walk around downtown, you’d hear one predominant sound spilling out of at least every other 6th Street venue: blues rock. But as the landscape of the “Live Music Capital of the World” has evolved and diversified, frankly, so has the state of blues rock itself. And if we’re talking local aural ornithology, there’s a fine specimen that just chirped out something bold.

And that’s Wild Wren. Having only released their debut LP Love Deluge in March 2022, this quartet is still in their fledgling phase, no doubt. But through that nine-tune torrent, Wild Wren’s proven that they’re not just pigeonholed to the the traditional twelve-bar bore. Instead, those straight up jams soar across hard alternative textures and indie-inspired licks, essentially capturing a piece from that turn-of-the-millennium commercial radio backdrop and making it their own in a contemporary context.

And if there’s any producer here in Austin that understands the harder side of that indie-alternative spectrum, it’s Chris “Frenchie” Smith, whose ever-growing brag sheet includes work with Jet and The Darkness. Wild Wren recently linked up with Frenchie for their latest single, and surprise to know one, the result finds the four-piece’s already-fuzzy style fluttering to new, expertly-engineered heights. At a feather under four-and-a-half minutes, “I’M A BIRD” instantly reminds us of a time when acts like Audioslave and Foo Fighters dominated the airwaves, with slower and soulful blues-infused chord changes defining the verses while heavily-melodic motivation overtakes the hooks, including a masterful dynamic range reset midway through.

Ready to get on the wing with Wild Wren? Catch ’em live WTF Icehouse 8PM next Wednesday and again in a few weeks, 10:45PM on Friday, June 7th at Saxon Pub, ’cause those shows definitely aren’t just for the birds.


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May 31, 2024

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May 29, 2024

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May 29, 2024

Sean Austin: “Mercy” (Remix) (feat. Lion Heights)

The rapid rate of single rollouts in hip-hop have really made us take remixes for granted. Because when it’s as simple as revisiting the beat, rewriting a verse, and inviting in a few new voices, “I like the remix better” becomes a given with pretty much any commercial success. Which is a shame, since remixes […]

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May 28, 2024

Lavender Scare: “I Hate Saturdays”

Pride Month kicks off in just a few days, and to help you celebrate in style, we’re swirling the colors with a rising Queer project. And that’s Lavender Scare, whose midcentury reference of a band handle alone tips you off to their championing of LGBTQ identities. Chief songwriter Ruby Del Mar commands the quartet with […]

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May 27, 2024

Cara Van Thorn: “Rage”

Lookin’ to rage this Memorial Day? Well we’ve got something that you might not’ve expected but’ll definitely do the trick. And that’s in reference to Austin’s Cara Van Thorn, initially born from Donkey Island ex-pats Adam Donovan and Carrie Stephens who continue to spearhead what is now a six-person wagon train. Since Fall 2019, this […]

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May 24, 2024

The Cuckoos: “Dirty Pictures”

If you mainly draw inspiration from older generations, after taking a lengthy break, you may find that the needle on your tastes has moved forward in time too. At least that’s what we’re seeing unfold with Austin project The Cuckoos. Ostensibly the one-man band (who also operates as a four-piece) of flock leader/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/producer Ken Frost, […]

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May 23, 2024

Grandma Mousey: “When I’m Not There”

Ever since we first caught sight of them in 2022, we’ve continued to make room for Grandma Mousey in our wheelhouse, even after their initial nest expanded from three members to five. Yeah, Granny M’s grown on us so much over the past couple of years, that we don’t mind ratting on their talent again […]

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May 22, 2024

Carson McHone: “I Couldn’t Say It To Your Face”

No matter how much success a young artist finds down the line, there’ll always be opportunities to pay respects to their predecessors and contemporaries. Whether it’s an early choice (Nick Cave & The Bad Seed’s Kicking Against the Pricks), a mid-career reset (Souxsie and the Banshees’ Through the Looking Glass), a later vocation salute (Bruce […]

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