Weekend Preview: Grand Child, Octopus Project, Little Radar + more

EITS will presenting a showcase Thursday at Hole In The Wall based around  neo folk music and song writing. Each of the bands has their own distinctive approach to the genre, but they all have the same investment in making song writing their center piece.  

Grand Child will be headlining the show, as one of Austin’s favorite contemporary folk acts.  Some of whose band mates are also members of Wild Child and Driver F. They are a lively and creative bunch, whose energy on stage is completely natural, even while tantalizing your mind with multi-instrumentation.  Front man Andy Lane’s lyrics are passionately sung, while the band of brass, violin, drums and banjos follows in his soulful wake.

Walker Lukens, another compelling song-writer and composer, originally from Houston, will play right before Grand Child. Lukens has that ceaseless creative spirit, which has led him to collaborate with many artists including the night’s headliner.
Lukens and Grand Child got together and recorded an EP entitled “Are We Gonna Folk or Duet” in his living room and the results were a fantastic.

Also playing will be Parlours, a versatile indie pop band hailing from Des Moines, Iowa.  The buzz around this band has been steadily growing. With only one EP and album out, four of their songs have already been used in TV shows and a film.
Check out the video for “I Dream of Chicago” which was featured in an episode of “The Chicago Code.”

Opening for the bill will be local singer-song writer Austin Basham, whose self released EP “Little Foxes” hosts a variety of different instruments all of which ebb and flow to the pastoral themes and story telling of Basham’s lyrics.  Word on his website is that he has been working on some new material for another EP, which if we’re lucky maybe he will unveil for the evening’s occasion.

Show starts at 9pm, get there early so you don’t miss out!

Now on to some of the weekend’s highlights…

Austin based, experimental pop band The Octopus Project will be performing alongside Benjamin Wesley, at The Grand Stafford Theatre in College Station on Friday.  This historical building, which was renovated with top of the line sound and lighting equipment, is perfectly suited for bands of this style.

The Octopus Project’s last album “Hexadecagon” was specifically written for an eight-channel surround sound system that members of the band actually designed themselves.  Never a disappointment, if you can make it to this show, you’re sure to get your socks knocked off.

Plus Benjamin Wesley, electronic/pop musician and multi-instrumentalist, will be opening.  Wesley’s musical track record so far has had some unique stops.  At one time he was composing music for the Houston Ballet. In 2012 he released his album “Think/Thoughts” which was mastered by Joe Lambert, of Animal Collective and Panda Bear.
His music is capable of sounding up-beat while carrying some darker tone.  To get a better idea of this, check out his video “People Will Never Stop Being Crazy.”   

What’s in store for Saturday?

Austin indie rock band Little Radar, who is also apart of the EITS Collective will be playing at ND in downtown Austin.  Little Radar can seamlessly pull together genres like no other.  While some of their songs sound like a response to the punk rock bands from the early 2000’s, they are able to take those tight guitar licks, up beat drum patterns and lovely male vocals and create something that is all their own.  Also playing with them will be Old Coyote, the alternative country-rock band, we have hosted at SXSW and previously raved on this blog.  Click here for a list of the full night’s line-up.

That’s all for this weekend’s preview.  Thanks for stopping by and reading!  And no matter what you decide to do with the week’s closing, we hope it feeds your creative spirit!