The Record Lounge: Reviews 8/26 – The Burning Hotels/Quiet Company/Maleveller/The Nighty Nite/The Great Tyrant and more

The Burning Hotels – Burning Hotels

I am a total product of New Wave. It is the music I cut my teeth on and weaned myself into music with beginning in 1985 and still love to this day. Therefore one might think I was ecstatic about the floods of 80’s New Wave influenced acts who have come down the pike in recent years. Well, for the most part, I’m not. The majority of them seem to miss the boat, thinking a single plinky keyboard line sets them apart. They are very incorrect.  As a matter of fact, I usually dislike 80’s throwback as a whole, from music to fashion so much that I completely disregard it. Some have gotten it fairly right, Ladytron and The Pains of Being Pure At Heart come to mind. On the flipside, bands such as The Killers have done a poor job at throwing back to the 80’s. I really hate that band.

Fort Worth’s The Burning Hotels would fall into the former category. Not only did they get it right, but one would think they were straight out of the time period. Almost completely abandoning the Post-Punk flag they bore on last year’s excellent “Novels” and diving head first into New Wave, The Burning Hotels prove that they “get it” without modernizing the style at all. One can find flourishes of Ultravox, New Order and even The Style Council present, without being copycats -it’s very evident they are fans of the music, and are influenced heavily by the early to mid-80’s, staying true to form.

Production depth coupled with a wealth of ideas and 8 very strong songs sets The Burning Hotels apart from their counterparts, displaying a tremendous amount of growth and musicianship just since last year. The teaser single from earlier this year, “Allison” might have opened eyes to their new direction, but by far didn’t prepare the listener for this record. The mid-tempo breakup song only whet’s the appetite for the meal that is Burning Hotels, an album unashamed of its 80’s lean, and begging for an entire album dance remix.

The real standout track, which is difficult to even pinpoint, comes in the form of “Days Are Gone”. Co-frontmen Matt Mooty and Chance Morgan, the constant driving forces behind The Burning Hotels, play their vocal differences to near perfection, harkening Love and RocketsKundalini Express” for its relentless phrasing interplay.

Burning Hotels is a triumph for the Fort Worth quartet in many ways, standing up against some of the best of the genre, including the original 80’s innovators.

The Burning Hotels play their Fort Worth CD release party tonight at Lola’s Saloon. New Wave fanatics, do yourselves a favor and pick up this record. It does not disappoint. Burning Hotels is available on iTunes beginning 8/30.

Click To Buy

Quiet Company – Live from Studio 6A DVD

When Austin’s rollicking, suited, bearded indie pop favorites Quiet Company took the stage in KRLU’s historic Studio 6A, longtime home to the institution known as Austin City Limits, they brought along a bevy of friends and fan for a memorable night of music. Beautifully shot as one of ACL’s Satellite Sets, the band delights the crowd in the studio and at home with a fantastic set drawing largely from their 2008 full length album, Everyone You Know Will Be Happy Soon. Frontman Taylor Muse bounces to and fro between piano, acoustic and electric guitars, leading Quiet Company through 11 songs including the sunny sing-along favorites “How Do You Do It?”, “On Modern Men”, “Nation of Two”, and the darker “Jezebel, Or  Song About My Friend and That Whore He Dated”.

Not only do you get a top notch performance, but there are extras as well, containing videos and even a free audio download of the show.

Over the past 6 years, Quiet Company has become quite the live experience. If you can’t get out to see them, this DVD is a perfect representation of the band, tight, fun, and very well produced.

Click To Buy

The Nighty Nite – Dimples

The latest project from former Paper Chase leader and producer extraordinaire John Congleton isn’t straying too far from the eerie sounds of his previous act. Those lamenting the demise of Congleton’s former band needn’t fret. This 4 track EP demonstrates a familiarity while serving as a calling card for things to come.




Maleveller – Maleveller

The long-awaited bastard love child of Slayer and Iron Maiden has been born. Like a skilled blacksmith melding genres seamlessly Maleveller could usher in a new era of metal altogether. The Dallas based thrash quartet has traveled many miles in its short career, borrowing flourishes of NWOBHM to enhance their sound. Ditching the all too familiar formula of Pantera copycats in the D/FW area (and all over as well), the dual guitar assault of Brian Smith and Jeff Biehler brings forth a melodic yet menacing lead to an otherwise strictly brutal strain of metal, forging fresh malice with their unrelenting sound.

Maleveller’s debut full-length disappoints in only one area, brevity, but, this allows the listener to want more. Hopefully we will see much more of Maleveller in the not so distant future.

D/FW metal scene, you are on notice.

Photo - Dallas Observer

The Great Tyrant – There’s A Man In The House

The first of hopefully a few posthumous releases from Fort Worth’s most interesting act has finally arrived. The Great Tyrant’s first full length recording has come to light, living up to every bit of anticipation. This is the music I envision plays in the world of Mark Ryden, a howling sinister cabaret of prog influenced heaviness – and all without a single guitar. The rhythm section of Jon Teague and the late Tommy Atkins lays an unstoppable foundation on which Daron Beck can play out his demented fantasies through haunting yelps with assaultive layers of keyboard frenzy that can only be out to harm someone. Or at least so I believe, I can’t really make out what he’s talking about. But that’s perfectly fine.

The Great Tyrant makes some of the scarier music I have found, and I thank them for that.

There’s A Man In The House can be purchased at Pinkish Black shows.

Click To Buy

Parallel Play – The Floor’s Made of Lava

Ol’ timey is a good way to describe the debut release from Dallas folk inspired trio Parallel Play. Incorporating a country twang into their brand of bluegrass folk, flourishes of Old 97’s and The O’s come to the surface placing a comforting familiarity to their music. The harmonizing between the three is impeccable, lending a traditional bend to “Your Kiss”, “Pulling Teeth” and the somewhat odd Cranberries cover “Linger”.

~ by thesynaptic on August 26, 2011.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: