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AUSTIN’S UNDERGROUND SHOWCASED UNDERGROUND
AUSTIN, TX — Some of the best of Austin’s musical underground is about to make the lofty chambers of Longhorn Caverns State Park, about an hour from Austin, ring to life. On August 31, the park’s massive main cave, located near Burnet, TX, and historically known as the Council Room, will host three Austin bands: ancestral desert singers Salesman (www.salesmanmusic.com), folk-stomp supergroup Lord Buffalo (www.lordbuffalo.com), and orchestral pop pioneers Mother Falcon (www.motherfalconmusic.com).
Audience members will be treated to an exclusive tour of the park’s storied cavern system, including stops at showpieces like the Frozen Falls, flowstone Chandelier Room, and glitter-encrusted Hall of Diamonds, arriving at the vaulted Council Room just as the first strains of music begin. Afterward, the crowd will emerge into the light of August’s full Red Moon to enjoy a post-show meet-and-greet with the bands, with refreshments provided by Austin’s East End Wines (1209 Rosewood Ave.). Tickets are $15 (using the promo code FanClub) and can be purchased through the Park’s website, www.longhorncaverns.com.
Since an underground river first carved the 173-foot Council Room, which glistens with rich mineral veins and sparkles with crystals, the domed cavern has seen many historic dramas played out. In the 1920s the hall was home to a speakeasy, slinging hooch and hot jazz on the weekends. Before that, the chamber was a Confederate stronghold where gunpowder was produced in secret. Deep in the shadowy past, prehistoric hunters dragged their kills of bison and bear there for butchering. Naturally maintaining a comfortable 68 degree temperature year round, the caverns are a family-friendly visual, geologic, and as of this show, musical, wonder.
“Salesman is one of the most original bands of the last ten years,” said legendary MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer after collaborating with them on “Four Legs,” a song the band wrote in honor of the charity Jail Guitar Doors. Known for startling, spectral, and colorful live shows, like their recent sold-out “Wasp EP” release at Austin’s Swan Dive, Salesman blends chants, post-gospel harmony, enveloping noise, reverb-drenched chiming guitar, and acid-fried storytelling to create what the Denver Post’s Billy Thieme called “sparse and powerful compositions. Go see this band live. This is one band you’ll regret having missed soon enough.”
Fresh off the release of their own swirling, fearless, and critically adored eponymous EP, Lord Buffalo will howl the caverns to life with a set called “mind-blowing” by KUT 90.5’s Laurie Gallardo, and “not for the fainthearted, only maybe for the broken-hearted, and most definitely for the dark-hearted” by UK critic John Grain. “It’s the sound of a revenge Western film,” wrote independentclauses.com, “right about the time the hero decides he’s going to give in to his darker side and do the deed.”
Mother Falcon, a critically acclaimed and ever-shifting flock of young classical and indie musicians based in Austin, was recognized by the Austin Chronicle’s Margaret Moser as a “distinguished … purveyor of chamber pop. Strings swell with sensuous abandon, [and] Mother Falcon is one with the night.” The organic, enveloping outfit will be performing on August 31 as a 12-piece ensemble comprising traditional orchestral and modern instruments.
History and mystery meet. The subterranean past and the musical underground sound as one. For more information on this one-time performance, please visit www.longhorncaverns.com, as well as the bands’ websites.
Austin, TX — May 20, 2012 - The wasp doesn’t care where you want him. He’ll make a nest in your eaves, or your engine, or your ear. Called “one of the most original bands of the last ten years” by legendary MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer after their performance at Roky Erickson’s Ice Cream Social at SXSW 2012, Salesman has chosen your ear.
On June 16 at the Swan Dive, Austin’s ancestral desert rockers will release The Wasp EP, a six-song cycle that pitches chants, gospel harmonies, vintage keyboards, drum machines, and distorted psychedelia against the desert-parched mirages of Fry’s lyrics, nesting the record’s six surreal stories in six surprising and often disquieting musical places.
“The songs vary so much because the record’s an offering we made to each other,” says singer-guitarist Devin James Fry. “At shows we make a spiritual offering,” he says of the startling, spectral, and colorful live shows for which the six-piece brotherhood is known: “we push each other to see what we can do, in the spirit of seeing how many days you can stay awake, and what you dream when you finally do sleep.”
“They’re onto you,” wrote Daytrotter.com’s Sean Moeller of their 2011 session for that site; “you want to grow extra legs and fly to the outer reaches of darkest night … the desert and the hallucinations are closing in.”
Ushering the audience into ritual trance in support of Wasp will be an otherworldly performance by critically acclaimed Austin-based road warriors SORNE, whose brilliantly conceived and executed live shows on the rave and festival circuits led to them being tapped by TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe to open for the groundbreaking art-rockers on a recent sold-out tour of the southeast.
Fresh off the release of their own swirling, fearless, and critically adored eponymous EP, Austin’s Lord Buffalo will stomp out a set called “mind-blowing” by KUT’s Laurie Gallardo, and “not for the faint-hearted, only maybe for the broken-hearted, and most definitely for the dark-hearted” by UK critic John Grain.
Luminary stomp-folk hustler Shakey Graves will start the night by shelling out a set of finely detailed hymns of the hard-up with what Sean Moeller called “the full-bodied richness of a novella, set in the sketchy, rattlesnake-infested wilds of the southernmost parts of America.”
The Wasp EP, recorded by Salesman at their East Cameron studio and mastered by Evan Kaspar, features hand-screened artwork by Megan Lane and is available to preorder at the band’s Bandcamp. Find it after the release at Austin record stores, as well as digitally through the standard online outlets.
There are two kinds of wasps: social and solitary. Salesman and company will be a swarm of the former at the Swan Dive June 16; cover is $6, and doors open at 8. More information can be found at www.salesmanmusic.com or by writing firstname.lastname@example.org.