If you weren’t at Cheer Up Charlie’s last Friday night let me tell you, you missed out. Emme brought the house down at their Video Release party for their new single, “Collapse”. To start the set out, the chattering crowd was soon captivated as Walter Nichols grabbed our attention with systematic beat after beat which perfectly coincided with the soft punchy vocals of Sowmya Somanath. Sowmya, held everyone close with each swoop of movement dancing out each emotion the crowd was sure to be feeling. Creating a unique experience with their electro-pop sounds, this duo has a bright future ahead of them. Be sure to keep a look out for these two and check out their new video for “Collapse”
written by: mo paynter
Belcurve just released their new EP, These People in My Head, Vol. 1, really proving they’re a force to be reckoned with in the Austin music scene. This EP is a beautifully eclectic, diverse collection of songs that will keep you listening, from the upbeat hits perfect for dancing and singing your car (at the top of your lungs we might add) to the heartfelt ballads you can get a good cry to. We can’t get enough of the first track and single “Strangers”. This catchy synth forward track is the perfect summer hit. Throughout the EP, Sarah’s vocals are the star, especially in track “Portland Rain” with her sorrowful lyrics and pleading vocal lines. This song also showcases a violin that drives throughout with its powerful lines weaving in and out of the music. “These People In My Head” is an intimate track featuring beautiful harmonies.
Even though we’re done writing this, we’ll probably keep listening to this EP because well, that’s just what you do with good music. Listen for yourself on Spotify today!
We’re excited to have Belcurve joining us for FullNote Presents: OutYouth Benefit & Bleached Roses EP Release at Barracuda on September 15th.
All bands have at least one. That one show that was SO horrible. - “OMG I can’t believe we had to open for that Headbanger Death Metal Band!” DISCLAIMER: Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a headbanger every once in awhile but just not when I’m trying to bust my groovy dance moves to some pop synth dance tunes. Now, back to the point. Your sound is... non existent, you keep forgetting lyrics, your gear decides to up and die mid set and sing it’s last crying, dying lullaby. If it hasn’t happened yet, don’t worry, it will. I’m not a fatalist. I’m not jinxing you. I’m just preparing you for the future.
Bad shows happen and that’s ok. Why is that ok, you ask? Because in the grand scheme of things you will more than likely learn something from it. You’ll learn to keep that extra 9 volt in your gear bag and carry extra strings but most importantly you’ll learn how to adapt to any situation.
Adaptability is a valuable lesson to learn especially to survive any tour you’re planning on venturing out on. (Oh, and don’t even get me started on how to survive a rough tour. That’s a post for another day.) Adaptability; not only will it help you make it through the future zombie apocalypse (I call that a BONUUS!), it will keep you afloat in an industry that eats baby animals alive for breakfast.
A year later, looking back on that infamous “Headbanger Death Metal Band Showcase” and the immediate overnight drive to the next city afterwards with tails tucked tightly between legs lies a memory to laugh at. A cog in the wheel of becoming a tried and true hustling musician. So, take those bad shows, find the lessons, buy that 9 volt battery (or three) and set of extra stings for that rainy day and have a laugh a year later.
There’s good in every bad show.
Since hitting the ground running in 2015, SIGNY, a power pop duo composed of Amy Arani and Delaney Gibson are sure to get your body moving and synth loving hearts pumping. SIGNY has made their mark on the Austin music scene by captivating their audiences with beautiful Sia-esque harmonies and melodic electropop punches, this duo assuredly won’t disappoint. FullNote Records is proud to have them included on our FullNote Presents: OutYouth Benefit & Bleached Roses EP Release lineup. Until then, you can catch their next live show at Empire Control Room on August 24th.
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One of our favorite parts about living in Austin is you can always find great music. We compiled a list of some great shows lined up this weekend starting tonight!
If you’re feeling like keeping it low key or catching an early show before you head downtown, check out an intimate performance by the one and only A.Sinclair at Cenote (Windsor Park). Show starts at 7pm!
Aaron Sinclair at Cenote (Windsor Park)
After an assuredly great set from A.Sinclair make your way downtown to Cheer Up Charlies with a stellar line up featuring Los Coast / Star Parks / Palo Duro / Ama / The Azmaris. Music starts at 9pm!
If you didn’t get enough Friday night, which we all know you didn’t, keep your weekend rolling and head out on Saturday!
The band, Marmalakes celebrates their tour homecoming Saturday night at The ABGB accompanied by the ball of energy band, Lola Tried. Get there early to catch a great seat for this one. Show starts at 9! Don’t be late!
Lola Tried / Marmalakes
If you’re wanting to hit up the east side one of our favorite venues, Hotel Vegas has a top notch line up sure to rock your face off including Lost Balloons, Think No Think, Grape St. Doors at 9!
Now, get up, get out and go support some local music this weekend!
by: mo paynter
written by: Mo paynter
You’ve painstakingly poured your heart and soul into writing, recording, mixing, and mastering your new music... now what? How do you get it to your fans? Obviously you get CD’s made right? Or what about vinyl? Or is the physical copy a dying breed you’ll reminisce on with your grandkids as you tell them about how you used to have to push your own skateboard because it didn’t hover?
This is a dilemma many bands are faced with in the new coming age of download codes and spotify streams. Is it worth the hundreds of dollars to print your music? This is a tricky question. The nostalgia of holding a physical copy in your hands, ripping that nice shiny plastic off, popping it into your dusty cd player and reminiscing about how amazing this band rolling through town was will never get old.
Luckily, with the ever emerging non stop growth of new technology, it has become more affordable to order small batch orders of CD’s. Yes, I say affordable...don’t roll your eyes. Vinyl is cool, everyone wants it. I spend hours myself flipping through vinyl collections every chance I get. I was told vinyl printing was affordable...and then I fell off my barstool. You can do the research. Hopefully you already have. But don’t fall off your barstool if you haven’t when you see the $1000 price tag for a decent sized batch. In the grand scheme of the physical copy debate CD’s are something you can stock a few extra band bucks away for and print affordably to connect with your fans and to stay up to date in this hoverboard era, throw in a digital download code to keep the kids happy.
Physical copies may be more than you want to spend after shoveling out all of your hard earned money creating your new music baby that took months to brew. But I think it’s safe to say that even in this self driven car, phone face recognition world we live in, the nostalgia will win. Physical copies hold not only the songs, but more importantly, they hold the memories.
In the end, your fans want memories they can dig out of a box one day, blow the dust off of, and think about that time their college friend, Sarah fell in love and almost left to go on tour with that one lead singer from that amazing band rolling through town with the beautiful voice and golden locks. But she didn’t. She bought this dusty CD instead.
Just think, how many dusty CD memories do you have packed away in a box?
WEEKEND REVIEW: SCOTT COLLINS, MEAN JOLENE, AND THE STACKS
By Lexi and Mo
Check out this week's FullNote Weekend Recap where we caught shows from Austin bands Scott Collins, Mean Jolene, and The Stacks.
Scott Collins released his new EP Roadmaps Friday at The Saxon Pub and we were lucky to be in attendance. Normally a solo act, Scott showcased his new music accompanied by bassist, Einar Pedersen and drummer, Chris Copeland which added an energy we didn’t know we needed. Scott wears his heart on his sleeve and this album was no different with its intimate songwriting and transparent lyrics. In “Somewhere Different Here” Scott created a darker sound that showcased his powerful raw gritty vocals. Ending the show with an old favorite, “Chicago” Scott proved throughout his set that he could command a room full of eager listeners. Look out for Scott Thursday nights in August at Geraldine’s.
Mean Jolene celebrated their tour homecoming Saturday at Hotel Vegas and let us say, tour did them well. The band delivered a tight and energetic sweat fueled set. Jolie’s vocals are reminiscent of mid 90’s Courtney Love, particularly “Glory Daze” with it’s passionate and charismatic performance. They kept the crowd moving with upbeat drums from Adam Sharp and the jaggling guitar riffs of Ray Seraphin. We’re excited to have Mean Jolene back and can’t wait to catch them again.
Following Mean Jolene, The Stacks, a three-piece powerhouse put on an invigorating set at Hotel Vegas. Diagnosed with Lymphoma earlier this year, Jake Ames has been battling cancer but this has not stopped him from rocking our faces off over and over again. The strength and tenacity he holds shines through with every guitar riff and vocal line. Our favorite of the set was “White Roses” which proves there is power in simplicity with its continuous guitar riff and layers of sound that Jake so skillfully weaves in and out of. You can catch The Stacks next on Thursday, August 23rd at Antone’s Record Shop.
(You can still donate to Jake’s fundraiser here: https://www.gofundme.com/fzfe3-help-jake-beat-cancer)
Many, Many moons ago as kids dreaming big, Lexi and I always had the yearning to make a difference and leave our mark on the music community. Countless hours of hard work, sweat, tears and excitement have finally led to those dreams coming true.
Lexi and I are overjoyed and proud to announce our new label, FullNote Records! A full service artist branding, booking, PR and music management company!
With FullNote Records we want to take our experience and knowledge of a combined 20+ years in the Music Business industry to help mold and grow artists into their full potential.
We want to thank everyone for the love and support that has allowed this to happen and we invite all of you to follow along with us on this journey, it’s going to be an exciting one!
Cheers to new beginnings,
Mo and Lexi