On this week’s Monday playlist we’ve chosen a few bands that go back to the 80’s and early 90’s to give longtime Austinites a bit of a nostalgia trip. For those readers who may remember groups like Bad Livers and Ed Hall, you are in luck this week as we have decided to include them on our roundup of local acts. Do you have any memories of these bands or maybe another group that is featured on this list? Tell us in the comments!
Wanting to start a band that performs unconventional music, now defunct Austin act Bad Livers still remains one of the more unique groups to come out of Austin since they formed in 1990. Deciding to breakup in 2000, members Danny Barnes (banjo) and Mark Rubin (upright bass) have reunited for a few shows together over the last couple of years.
Known as the stepping stone band for its member David Yow, who would eventually go on to form The Jesus Lizard, Scratch Acid was known throughout Austin as one of the top noise rock acts to see in the 1980’s. Their last (and only) LP Just Keep Eating was released in 1986.
Formed in 1991, local band Shearwater originally formed the group as an outlet for quiet music that the members could write. In 2001, they released their debut record The Dissolving Room and signed to Matador Records in 2006.
Dawn and Hawkes
After collaborating on Miranda Dawn’s debut record Reasons to Feel Alive, local musician Chris Hawes and Dawn decided to audition together for the sixth season of The Voice by singing The Beatles song “I’ve Just Seen A Face.” As a result of finding success on the show, the band mates have since married one another and have gone on to form Dawn and Hawkes.
If you’re looking for some good noise rock to get your week started, then local act Ed Hall is an excellent choice. During their career which spanned from 1985 to 1996, the group released five albums, with a sixth one, Permission to Rock…Denied, being completed but never released.
After forming in Austin in 2000, Sound Team would go on to have modest success by opening for Arcade Fire. While the group was eventually signed to Capitol Records, an internal shakeup within the label caused Sound Team to be dropped. They performed their last show at Austin City Limits in 2007, while releasing their entire catalogue afterwards.
Dawn Over Zero
Forming in 2009, local rock band Dawn Over Zero has become known as an act to watch in our music scene. With songs such as “Carry Me Home” that sound similar to groups such as Breaking Benjamin, Dawn Over Zero are not a band to pass over if you haven’t listened to them already.
Listening to bands such as the Pixies, Sonic Youth, and The Cars, Austin’s The Midgetmen came up with their quirky band name as a joke and the name stuck. Putting on lively shows for every performance, you won’t be able to get enough of this fun group this week.
After forming the band Bare Wires, musician Matthew Melton formed a new act called Warm Soda in the Bay Area, while eventually relocating to Austin to reform the group with an Austin based lineup. Pulling from punk and indie music as influences, Warm Soda performs engaging tunes that you’ll have a hard time getting out of your head.
After moving to different cities while trying to pursue a music career, musician Will Courtney has moved back to Austin where he recently released his full-length album Planning Escapes, which includes appearances from his old band mates in his former group Brothers and Sisters.
Featured photo: Shearwater, Gerry Sugrue
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