By: lexi paynter
Cenote - Windsor Park isn't known for its loud, rock performances, but Born Twins brought the noise (and literally earplugs) for a very memorable night at the intimate Black Lodge. A perfect blend, Mayberry and Lujan's catchy rock songs and alternating vocals pushed the limits at Cenote and answered the much pondered question, "Can this intimate space handle rock music?" The answer is undoubtedly YES.
fuvk closed out the night with their intimate folk and soothing vocals.
Thanks for joining us and we'll see you next at our One Year Anniversary show November 22nd at Cheer Up Charlies featuring Flora & Fawna, Ladyfang, Pelvis Wrestley, Goons, and Dream Data.
Claire Hamilton, Bass/vocals
Every now and then you hear a song that grabs your attention and makes you sit down and listen. This was the case the first time we heard Queue Queue’s, “Oprah” on KUTX. You see, Queue Queue is no ordinary punk band. This three-piece all female powerhouse shines brilliantly above the rest with their infectious guitar licks, powerful vocals, and texturing loops.
We had the pleasure of meeting Queue Queue at their rehearsal space in Mosaic Sound Collective to sit in on rehearsal, take some up close and personal pics and chat.
Here’s your glimpse into the mind of Queue Queue.
How did you guys meet?
Carrie: Mary and I have known each other for years. I met her as one of my best friend’s niece and housemate. We were around each other casually and socially and eventually got to travel together - which is a pretty great way to get to know someone! Mary was involved in a previous musical project that needed a guitar player, so I stepped in for a while. That’s where we found out that we worked well together musically. Claire and I have had so many mutual friends over the years, that it seems weird that we didn’t meet sooner. She and I finally had coffee together one day and decided to dive into a music project together. Initially it was Claire, myself, and another woman on drums - we had invited Mary to come jam with us as an extra musician/keyboard/guitar. Long story short - that project’s drummer needed to drop out due to health reasons and Mary stepped in as our drummer. After the first couple of practices together, there was a strong mutual feeling that we had some magic happening together as a trio.
What is your songwriting process like? Do you write together, or do individuals bring song ideas to the group?
Carrie: It varies. Sometimes Claire will bring a nearly complete idea with lyrics and basic arrangement, sometimes Mary will do the same. But our best stuff happens when we jam. We get together and just play instruments, find a groove or a musical hook or riff and do a quick iPhone recording of what feels and sounds good to us. Often Mary or Claire will improvise lyrics while we jam and key phrases will end up sticking. Sometimes the temporary title of a song, jotted down as we record a jam will end up leading the song where it needs to go.
Mary Streepy, Drums/Vocals
What's your favorite song to play live and why?
Carrie: Hmm. Lately it’s Oprah. I love playing songs with multiple loops and layers!
What artists are you inspired by?
Claire: Courtney Barnett, MBV, The Breeders, Cate Lebon
Carrie: For me, I was inspired by the local bands that were a part of the “art punk” scene in Austin when I moved here (Ed Hall, Crust, Butthole Surfers) and then as I concentrated on guitar playing and songwriting I was most inspired by early Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev, also My Bloody Valentine. Jesus and Mary Chain and Spiritualized have been hugely influential - I guess basically anything that has The Velvet Underground as it’s jumping off point is what does it for me. VU is the well from which all good things flow.
What are you listening to right now?
Claire: Chastity Belt, Aldous Harding.
Carrie: Local radio like KOOP and KUTX for a daily soundtrack. I’ve been listening to a lot of Loretta Lynn (the original riot girl) again after watching the Ken Burns “Country Music” special on PBS.
You all come from successful backgrounds with other projects, how are you inspired differently with Queue Queue?
Clarie: To me it feels more raw immediate and no rules.
Carrie: It’s a relief to not be a front person. Being able to concentrate solely on guitar and studio production is refreshing (I’ve spent most of my time in music as a front person, main songwriter, vocalist) Its great to be in a band with Claire and Mary taking the lead on those things and I can have new freedoms and challenges. Its refreshing!
Punk music originated as an underground art do you still feel like it is an underground scene or has it emerged into a higher platform?
Clarie: Punk was a moment in time when people were expressing themselves in a completely different way than had been seen before. Now we draw from the defiant spirit of it and give ourselves permission to do things our own way
Carrie: The origins of punk have finally been elevated as a “higher platform” in the last couple of decades. Nirvana seemed to be key to that happening. There is definitely a “BN and PN” time frame Before Nirvana and After Nirvana.
Is there an important cause or issue you support?
Clarie: Smashing the patriarchy.
Carrie: Smashing the patriarchy.
Carrie Clark, Guitar/Vocals
What message do you hope to pass on through your music?
Claire: We want to shake out pain and exhaustion with sound and find new energy to move forward and we hope it does that for other people.
Carrie: What Claire said!
What piece of advice would you give to girls who just started playing guitar and writing songs in their bedroom?
Carrie: Find your community and engage with it. Look for people who share a few common artistic or world view. Set a goal and then do the next thing that will get you headed in that direction.
What's next for Queue Queue?
Carrie: We’d love to get our music to a wider audience. There’s something about Queue Queue that people seem to be able to relate to on a very immediate level - especially our live shows. Our recorded material highlights our songwriting and production chops, but there is a very special band/audience connection that happens when we play live. We are real, we are strong, we are vulnerable, and we project a fearlessness about confronting both personal and political challenges. We are rooting for the individual and for the human race as a whole and we try to send that message out. It seems like the world really needs more of that these days and we are happy to play our part!
Catch Queue Queue this Saturday at Kick Butt Cafe for a SIMS Foundation benefit with Dangerous Types, False Nines, The Pins, Holy Motor, and Rad Gnar. Doors are at 6 PM and Queue Queue is on at 11!
By: Mo Paynter
If there was an indie music category called “Prom Rock” our FullNote Fresh Find this week would command the genre! Bug Bites, out of Houston, TX mixes the sultry, soothing voice of Daniela Hernandez into a dreamy wonderland full of whimsical memories and cozy daydreams. Packed with jangly guitars and shaky, rumbly, precise cymbals, Bug Bites’s single “Oh Well”, makes your body involuntarily sway to the beat without a care in the world. If you are lucky enough to be in the area you can catch Bug Bites opening for the one and only rock band, Bleached in Houston, TX at Satellite Bar on September 11th.
Check out Bug Bites single, “Oh Well” below and be sure to follow them for all the latest and greatest up to date info.
By: Mo Paynter
Musician, artist and true creative, Nicholas Naioti is our FullNote Fresh Find this week. Stemming from Fairfield, Iowa Naioti creates an architectural adventure through his music, constantly keeping you on your toes and eager to know which way your musical path will lead. Perfectly curating the soundtrack to any road trip, Naioti’s latest album, I’m On Your Side, released in February of this year, has the ability to take you back to those warm, easy, breezy, sunny days that we all yearn for. All the while forcing you to ask those hard internal questions your inner self always tries to avoid. Naioti’s inventive musical appeal and genre bending tunes give the listener a much needed journey in today’s ever changing indie landscape.
Listen to FullNote Fresh Find, Nicholas Naioti’s latest album, I’m On Your Side below, and follow the links below for all of his latest up to date info!
By: Mo Paynter
On this Fresh Finds Friday Fullnote Records would like to introduce everyone to a fresh find hailing straight out of the one and only New Orleans, Louisiana: Macavoy!
Macavoy consists of synth pop, beatboxing duo, Owen Michael and Brandon Glitz, who combine smooth indie soft wave rock loops and pushing lyrics to grab your ears and your heart all in one fail swoop. With experimental sounds thoughtfully threading in and out of each other with grace, Macavoy is a sure up and comer with bright days ahead.
Check out Macavoy’s single “Levees” below and keep an eye out for their full length album set to release later this month!
Be sure to visit Macavoy at macavoymusic.com and give them a follow on Facebook for all their up to date info! https://www.facebook.com/macavoymusic/
photos by: bela cardenas
FullNote Records sent their intern Bela to Stubb's indoor Thursday, July 11th to check out Bleached Roses' "Sleep" release party with Ladyfang and Hex Boyfriend. Check out the shots she scored below.
Kicking off this week’s show recommendations with this banger - Lindsey Kappa’s Birthday Show featuring Kady Rain and Hex Boyfriend this Tuesday at One-2-One bar.
You may have seen Lindsey engineering at Chicken Run Studio’s or running around SXSW doing sound, but chances are you haven’t seen her like this. Lindsey creates catchy pop hits that are sure to get you off your feet and dancing! As a multi-instrumentalist, her set showcases her versatility and talent by incorporating multiple instruments including synth, guitar, and our personal favorite, the keytar! You don’t want to miss this! Kady Rain kicks off this show at 8 so don't be late.
Listen to Someday below:
Shy Beast Album Party at Native Hostel
Shy Beast has been making waves in Austin, TX this last year with their indie pop sounds and captivating live show.
They recently released new self titled record, Shy Beast, at Antones and they will be celebrating their new album release at Native Hostel with a special unveiling of Native's new mural.
Album will be played on vinyl at 7:30 with a special unplugged set to follow you don't want to miss. Watch their music video to "Leave Me Be" below.
101x Homegrown Presents: Otis Wilkins Single Release at Stubb's Austin.
Say goodbye to Otis Wilkins's Americana vibes in this new single "Joni Mitchell Was Punk". Upon hitting play, a new heavier guitar sound quickly envelops us, a sound very different from anything Otis Wilkins has put out, but probably our favorite. If this is any indication of Otis's new direction, we are so so excited!
They will be at Stubb's this Thursday with Zettajoule and Jane Ellen Bryant. Get your tickets and listen to "Joni Mitchell Was Punk" below!
Shinyribs at Mohawk
Shinyribs is a staple of Austin music and it is no wonder with Kevin Russell's Americana outfit that transports you to a place away from all the troubles of the world where music rules and Shinyribs is king. You can catch them this Friday at Mohawk. Put on your dancin' boots and get ready for a great night!
Watch Shinyribs perform "East Texas Rust" on Austin City Limits below.
RADIO turns 5! - Calliope Musicals, MAGNA CARDA, SIR WOMAN, and more.
5 years ago musician, Jack Wilson opened up this much needed coffee shop, live music venue, and creative space for South Austin. It quickly became a staple in Austin's rich creative community. It is the home of Bluegrass Night and hosts Flea Austin, movie nights, political fundraisers, and of course houses the many talents Austin has to offer.
RADIO is turning 5 and is throwing a big party featuring talents like Calliope Musicals, MAGNA CARDA, SIR WOMAN, and Rattlesnake Milk. It all starts at 4 PM!
By: Lexi Cardenas
Pleasure Venom Tour Kickoff and Music Video Release Party
Barracuda - 9 PM
Pleasure Venom is hitting the road this week with Garbage. (Yes, THE Garbage!) This punk band has been making waves with their driving guitar sounds and rage filled lyrics. Joining them on this bill are Kay Odyssey, BLXPLTN, Leche and #BlackMercy. Let’s send them off with a bang this Wednesday at Barracuda.
Want to catch them on the road? Here’s a list of their upcoming Garbage support shows:
May 10 New Orleans The Fillmore
May 12 San Antonio The Aztec Theatre
May 14 Denver CO The Summit Music Hall
Listen to "Hive" below:
Jackie Venson Free In-Store Performance
Waterloo Records - 5 PM
Local guitar shredder and all around badass Jackie Venson will be having a free in-store performance at Waterloo Records. A rare intimate performance, catch Jackie before she heads on her upcoming international summer tour.
Listen to new album Joy below and check out her upcoming tour dates HERE.
Magna Carda w/ The Bishops and DJ Dougie Do at Stubb's
Stubb’s Indoors - 8 PM
While some might say the hip hop scene isn't among the more prevalent genres in Austin, acts like Magna Carda prove over and over again that quality is better than quantity.
Magna Carda describes itself as "genre-defying blend of rap-meets-jazz-meets-R&B-meets-electronic", a rare but wonderfully superb blend. They will be at Stubb’s this Friday with The Bishops and DJ Dougie Do. Listen to their newest single “Angel” below.
KVRX Fest Presented by Austin 3-1-1
Cheer Up Charlies - 3 PM
KVRX 91.7 is presenting KVRX Fest, a 40 band festival at Cheer Up Charlie's featuring some of the hottest talent in a scene that is safe, diverse, inclusive, and joyfull. Frankie Cosmos, Abhi The Nomad, TC Superstar, Blushing, Little Mazarn, are just a few of the many fantastic bands joining this lineup.
Full lineup and tickets at EVENTBRITE.
Missio at Emo's w/ Swells and Blackillac
Emo's - 7 PM
You might not know this, but electronic powerstorm Missio is actually from Austin, TX. This electrifying duo (see what I did there?) released their first single in 2017 “Middle Fingers” which quickly rose to #1 on Alt Nation. Now on their second album The Darker the Weather / The Better the Man, Missio have proved they’re here to stay with 3 #1 singles, Spotify viral charts, audience choice awards, and various placements in tv. Missio is coming home from tour to play Emo’s with Swells and Blackillac (also homegrown!) Make sure you get your tickets today as this show is sure to sell out!
Pull String Events Presents: The Cover Letter, Bleached Roses, Killer V. King
Whip In - 7 PM
There are fun bands and there are great bands, but sometimes you get lucky and find one that is both. This Americana rock outfit is just that with a talent and synergy that comes from a relationship that goes beyond that of bandmates, but one of family.
The Cover Letter will be at Whip in accompanied by Bleached Roses, and Killer V. King. If you're looking for something chill away from the downtown crazy, this is it.
Listen to these bands below.
MFML Carnival: Scholarship Fundraiser
Batch - Craft Beers and Kolaches w/ Mother Falcon from 2 PM
The Mother Falcon Music Lab is a summer music program for players of symphonic instruments as well as standard rock band instruments, established by Austin band Mother Falcon to enable curious musicians aged 11- 18 to play music off the page.
This Saturday they will be putting on their yearly fundraiser to raise money for student scholarships at Bach - Craft Beers & Kolaches. The goal of this fundraiser is to be able to host up to 50% of their students on partial to full need-based scholarships. Come on by, enjoy some great music by Mother Falcon, Monte (of Hikes), and music by the students themselves!
In the meantime, I’ll leave you with my favorite Mother Falcon song which showcases their genius artistry which shows just why we need them teaching our future generation of Austin musicians:
Laurie Gallardo's Vampire Sunscreen Benefit Event
Hard Luck Lounge - 8 PM
Your favorite radio show host, Laurie Gallardo, is starting her own podcast (SPF 1000) VAMPIRE SUNSCREEN. Queen of KUTX, Laurie spins early afternoons (thank you for getting me through traffic!) and produces KUTX’s Austin Music Minute which showcases upcoming shows featuring local talent. Like she’s shown up for our Austin music community time and time again, now it’s our turn to give back! And don’t forget to wear black!
Are you unable to attend, but still want to contribute? Please consider signing up for Laurie’s Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/vampsunscreen.
By: Lexi Cardenas and Mo Paynter
Not many people can get us to willingly drive in the middle of rush hour traffic across Austin, but when FullNote was given the opportunity to sit in on a rehearsal with Ladyfang we couldn’t jump into our car fast enough. We knew we were going to be in for a treat but we didn’t know exactly how sweet that treat would be.
LadyFang has a dream cave studio that not only makes for a cozy rehearsal hang but we soon found out, was the science lab and creation space for Ladyfang’s new EP Replay. After getting our front row seat to a private concert and having our faces rocked off up close and personal, FullNote Record’s sat down with the members of this up and coming band to get a closer look into the brains behind the magic.
Cara A.K.A. Crawdaddy Jones
FullNote: What is your songwriting process?
Chocolate: Our previous process started with someone presenting a song and telling us what she/he hears. But this music was mostly us just jamming.
Pan Dulce: “Replay” actually started with a crazy dance rave patch that we were playing chords through and thought ‘Whoa that’s kinda cool’ so we hit record on our phone.
Cara: After last summer we had a shake up when we changed guitarists. Andre left and Pan Dulce came in. We started jamming to vibe with the new energy having a new person brought. Those three songs came right out so we decided to record them.
FN: We saw recently that you recorded this yourselves. What was your recording process?
Cara: We were really feeling our new music, but we didn’t have any money so we did it all in this room. We actually recorded my vocals in that small closet over there (points to tiny door clad with a Wonder Woman poster.) My one light was our Prince candle!
FN: The quality you guys got was amazing. You can’t tell you recorded yourselves.
Chocolate: Bringing Pan Dulce in definitely brought some engineering expertise for the recording process.
Pan Dulce: We did it all for $27 dollars. We just rented the mics.
Cara: We were duct taping socks to drums when they would rattle. Muffle it!
Chocolate: I was thinking that we should have named the EP $27.
Chocolate A.K.A. Chocolate
FN: What are you guys listening to these days?
Cara: I feel like we listen to everything. We’ve been listening to a lot of Sade lately. And Queen!
Pan Dulce: I’m on a weird 80’s post punk, weird low-fi style kick.
Rod: When I was growing up in Pakistan I was listening to very different music. Bringing that here and exploring with these guys has been a journey. We all share music with each other when we come into this space which is a magical experience.
FN: What's your favorite Austin venue to play?
Rod: ABGB is my favorite. They take care of you and there is a payout that you’re guaranteed.
Cara: Mark is always in the back saying ‘Hey, do you want more beer or pizza? Don’t eat that pizza, I’m going to get you a new fresh pizza.’ He’s so nice!
Rod: I like Stubbs too. They actually give us a crate of Lonestar.
Chocolate: So I guess just as long as you give us beer.
FullNote: Beer and pizza. Noted!
Cara: Yeah, and three of us actually work making pizza!
Rodney A.K.A. Rod or Rocky
FN: For you guys playing and booking in Austin so much, have you seen any challenges with it?
Chocolate: I believe that Austin has this comfortability thing they stick to where if you’re more eclectic it’s harder to book gigs because everyone wants to go get caught in that psych rock rut.
Cara: Which is beautiful and great. Psych rock is awesome but if you’re not playing it you’re like awww.
FN: What has been your biggest challenge as a band?
Cara: We went through a move from here to Brooklyn and back and we switched out members which is always difficult. Me and Andre were married and went through a divorce which was hard personally and obviously hard professionally. Trying to separate the two was very difficult but at the end Pan Dulce came on and it put us in a new direction which set us on another path. We’re all such good friends I don’t know if it’s actually a challenge, it’s just something we all went through together. We’re like a family.
Rod: Studio sessions are so stressful. The last month recording was hard. We were sitting in this room listening to the same song over and over again. But after we were done with it our first jam felt so good getting back into playing.
FN: This is an EP, do you guys have plans to put out a full album? Living in the digital age, there’s a case to be made for putting out music a few songs at a time rather than waiting a full year for a new full album.
Cara: We’re coming up with so much new material that we’re not even playing songs from our old album anymore. Our biggest constraints right now is that doing it all ourselves is difficult, but paying for it is also difficult.
Chocolate: We have enough songs for an album.
Pan Dulce: It’s a love/hate thing. That was the first time that I’ve ever recorded everything: drums, vocals, etc.
Rod: We had decided a week prior we were just going to record demos. We rented some mics from Rock & Roll rentals and decided to see what we could come up with. Luckily we have a great space we’re fortunate enough to get to use so we ended up being able to release them.
Brett A.K.A. Bredd or Pan Dulce
FN: What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
Rod: I’ve been playing music for over 7 years in the Middle East and here and I’ve been through all kinds of waves and see how bands survive. I think patience is the main key. It’s being in a room with like minded people exploring, listening, and creating. I think that’s the only way to go...according to me.
Chocolate: For me it would be don’t take yourself too seriously. One thing we like to do at shows is throw in a cover in the middle of a song. Or like today, we reworked a song to be really silly by throwing in a dance techno patch. Just make sure you have fun with it, it’s the easiest thing to convey onstage. Good music with no fun sucks. Fun shitty music is still fun.
FN: Do you guys plan on going on tour?
Rod: It’s on our board right now. (Points to the brains behind the business, A.K.A... the dry erase board).
Cara: That’s all we got right now. East Coast vs. West Coast.
FN: It looks like it’s going well!
But for real, follow Ladyfang and look for them in a city near you! In the meantime though, catch their EP release this Saturday, February 23rd at Spiderhouse Ballroom and listen to their single ‘Replay’ below.
by: Mo Paynter
It’s a brand new year and 2019 is in full force with plenty of music for everyone’s ears! This weekend catch Belcurve, Lola Tried , Pleasure Venom , Mü , Otis Wilkins, Western Youth, a special Dolly Birthday Bash and more!
It’s an exciting week for Belcurve! Thursday night at Hotel Vegas they will be celebrating their single release for their new song “Henry” off of their soon to be released EP These People in My Head Vol. 2. Along with Belcurve the lineup features Lola Tried , Midcentury and The Capitol. This is one packed, stellar line up and a celebration you don’t want to miss! Get the details here: Belcurve Single Release!
On Friday Austin Music Foundation + KUTX Present The NEXT at Antone’s featuring some of Austin’s hottest up and coming bands. The night will feature performances from all 7 of the current Artist Development Program participants: Aaron Stephens , Alesia Lani , Kalu and The Electric Joint, Otis Wilkins, Shy Beastt, Superfónicos and Western Youth.
If you are a Dolly Parton fan man do I have a show for you! Saturday night head to Barracuda for The Cup of Ambition: A Dolly Parton Birthday Bash! The lineup features a ton of your favorite Austin Artists (way too many to list here) singing your favorite Dolly hits. All proceeds benefit Front Steps.
So, Get your Texas hair teased...As Dolly says,“The higher the hair the closer to God!”...and your boots ready to scoot, and get on over to Barracuda to help support a great cause!
Not in the mood to boot scoot? No worries! Check out Cheer Up Charlies for Pleasure Venom's Video Release for their song “Deth”. Joining on the lineup are Pollen Rx , The Oysters, and GOODGIRL out of Houston.
To cap your weekend off get back to Cheer Up Charlies for a hearty show featuring Socha , Mü and Honey Sun presented by The Nothing Song.
Get deets here: Socha / Mü / Honey Son
And as always: Get out there, support some local music and get that sober ride!