2010 looks like it's going to be a banner year for music in general. We can look forward to a new Arcade Fire opus, another Spoon outing, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and a Beach House record that is already getting Animal Collective-like buzz. Rocks Off is chomping at the bit for the new Against Me! and Gaslight Anthem discs that should be ready for summer consumption.
Houston music is not slouching whatsoever in this first year of the new decade. In the past week, Rocks Off got word of oodles upon oodles of enticing stuff that is set to hit the shelves at Cactus and Sound Exchange in the coming months. It seems the great Houston music renaissance of 2009 will finally be bearing tangible recorded fruits in 2010, and we are beyond excited.
Roky Moon & BOLT (above)
Since we saw these guys last March with Benjamin Wesley, we have been following them with an almost cultish zeal. Lead singer Mike Hardin promises a split release with the doom-loving Ghost Town Electric, another Houston band that just started picking up steam in the past few months. The full-length BOLT album is said to be a concept record, complete with costumes and a stage show. To hear Hardin talk about it is like listening to Orson Welles tell you about the movie he is working on about a newspaper magnate.
Tony promises that it will come out this year, and we finally believe him, since he's been plugging RABDARGAB
with the tenacity of a lion. Any chance to see Tony live is to catch lightning in a bottle. The former Low Ends member won the Best Underground Hip-Hop title at the 2009 Houston Press
Music Awards. Dude probably won't be underground by the end of the year.
It's been a while since we heard from Balaclavas boys, but by February we should be holding their second LP, Roman Holiday
, in our little mitts. Since their debut EP in 2007 they have been refining their post-punk skronk and have added Ralf Armin on saxophone, giving the proceedings a Fun House
vibe. Expect plenty of raving about this one from Rocks Off once it hits the street.
Houston-by-way-of-La Porte twangers Buxton have been recording the follow-up to A Family Light
for the past half-year or so. Lead singer Sergio Trevino has been trotting out solo acoustic versions of the new stuff at one-off jams here and there, and the material is sounding even more Americana than we could hope for.
The traveling wunderkinds have been spending time at Sugar Hill Studios recording a full-length for most of the past six months, with an LP expected to hit by summer just in time for a national tour. Updates from the studio have been promising, and hopefully we will be fighting dudes at the end of the year to get into one of their shows. Singer Zahira Gutierrez's voice has also been getting a mama-growl to it at recent shows, owing even more to Neko Case than it did before.
Studio workhorses The Energy may have only played their first show three months ago, but they are already creating a boozy, punky buzz amongst the cool kids. They pretty much rendered Jay Reatard's set at Walter's null and void when they opened for him. Since the band features Chris Ryan, they have been able to record at his Dead City Sound studio, and their debut LP should hit by the spring at the earliest.
Leather discipline will once again run rampant as No Talk unleashes an LP all over the chests and faces of Houston. We really fell in lust with this band over the past year, and this should sound perfect coming out of car and turntable at the house. "Suicide Answer" is probably the catchiest song about doing yourself in that will come out of Houston in 2010.