The Crookes performing live on KUTX Austin.
Soft Swells are thrilled to announce their sophomore album Floodlights out September 30 on Modern Outsider Records. Floodlights will be available on CD, LP and digital download.
Soft Swells is not only their band name, it’s a surfing term used to describe tiny, easy to ride waves that beginners keep an eye out for to help build their skills. Much like moving on from soft swells to bigger waves, Tim Williams, the mastermind behind Soft Swells has been moving towards his own type of bigger moment for years now. Tim started Soft Swells in an effort to reach new heights, and following the release of their debut full-length Soft Swells in 2012 and their follow-up EP Lifeboats in 2013, the music has gotten more sophisticated and the sound of the band has gotten bigger. Floodlights is the big moment Soft Swells has been seeking and they have grown in every way imaginable. Where once there was just Tim with the help of producer/keyboardist Dave Lynch and a lot of studio magic, there is now a fully formed band.
In an experiment to capture the fun and excitement of their live shows on record, Tim brought a motley group of wildly talented musicians together in the studio to lay down all the tracks. Most of the record was tracked by producer Dave Lynch (the other Dave Lynch) at EletricZoo in Eastbourne UK, with Soft Swells’ touring bass player and multi-instrumentalist Christopher Pappas at Tim’s side, and a guest appearance by resident UK drummer Phil Wilkinson (Jake Bugg, Brian Eno). As if that wasn’t enough, Misty Boyce (Sara Bareilles), Jonathan Visger (Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr) and Soft Swells’ touring guitarist Kyle Frederickson all contributed their talents via satellite.
This impressive roster of personnel leaves Soft Swells sounding invigorated, like a whole new band. Drums shake, organs swell, guitars rock and vocals soar. This is no longer a band trying to figure out how to replicate the sound of their albums on stage, because they brought the stage to the studio.
The startup music company has placed four bands among local musical acts performing at COTA during the sports and music festival.
My Jerusalem’s sophomore release, 2012′s Preachers, was born on the road, and it sounds like it. Taking elements of gospel, country, and folk, the band understands that playing these influences straight isn’t as interesting. Instead, they whip them together into a frenzy, and after a few hundred live renditions, My Jerusalem creates something more original–something like a punk rock take on Southern Gothic. The band’s contained fury is awesome to behold, especially in the close confines of our Studio 1A. “Born In The Belly” might have been the loudest song we’ve ever recorded in 1A–the walls are still shaking.
Catch My Jerusalem at the X Games on Sunday, June 8 at 5:15 pm.
"The Crookes are still on an upward trajectory with Soapbox, and I don’t see them dropping off any time soon!” - Kevin Poindexter
Thrilled that several ModOut bands are performing at the X Games Austin! Don’t miss The Black and White Years, Black Pistol Fire, Mirror Travel and My Jerusalem!
If it works out, the tour should inspire some new material. As Green acknowledged, her lyrics draw upon “traveling, the people you meet along the way, the places you discover.”
Sonicbids writes about Black Pistol Fire being selected to perform at this year’s Bonnaroo Festival by Billboard and Wayne Coyne from the Flaming Lips.