Craig Hlavaty's 10 Best Houston Albums of 2012
There was nothing nice about the Niceguys' James Kelley. Burly, angry, imposing, and fucking exciting, tracks like "OVERTOAST" and "Ain't Life Grand" made Kelley an instant HOU classic. Cheers to the money gods.
3. Grandfather Child, Grandfather Child
This past year, Grandfather Child band leader Lucas Gorham told me something about his band that most other acts in town wouldn't have the stones to utter anywhere. "I like to think that when someone sees a Grandfather Child show, they are experiencing a church service devoid of religion," said Gorham. "No disrespect to religion." His band's self-titled debut made good on the promise of their long-running live shows, with nine tracks of salacious Prince- and Frank Zappa-infused stomp -- with an ever-so-light touch of twang.
2. Venomous Maximus, Beg Upon the Light
It's been a while since an album came from a Houston band that made me wanna light black candles in living room and put a druid's cloak on my dog. No telling how many times I caught myself at the gym trying to replicate Bongo's drumming on the elliptical machine. I only fell down once. All jokes aside, this was probably the best Texas metal album of 2012. This is the band's first full-length LP, coming on the heels of last year's The Mission EP, and it's a fun, riff-heavy, assaultive party album.