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We Leave At midnight Streams New LP In Full

Texas’ own We Leave At Midnight has premiered has premiered a full stream of their upcoming album, The Holy Rolling Flower Band, which is set to drop on December 9, 2016 via Texas Is Funny Records.

Listen to the disc here courtesy Impose Magazine.

We Leave At Midnight – Do You Get The Joke

Texas’ own We Leave At Midnight has premiered a new song from their next LP.  The album will be titled The Holy Rolling Flower Band and is set to drop on December 9, 2016 via Texas Is Funny Records.

The song is titled “Do You Get The Joke” and can be heard here.

We Leave At Midnight – Dover Dog

Texas’ own We Leave At Midnight has premiered a new song from their next LP.  The album will be titled The Holy Rolling Flower Band and is set to drop on December 9, 2016 via Texas Is Funny Records.

The song is titled “Dover Dog” and can be heard below.

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Frank Weysos Stream New LP In Full

frank-weysos-bioFrank Weysos has premiered a full stream of his upcoming album, Teddy Blood, which is set for release on November 11, 2016 via Texas Is Funny Records.

Listen to the song here courtesy Gold Flake Paint

We Leave At Midnight Announce New LP

We Leave At MidnightTexas’ own We Leave At Midnight has announced release details for their next LP.  The album will be titled The Holy Rolling Flower Band and is set to drop on December 9, 2016 via Texas Is Funny Records.

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the new song “Milo,” which can be heard here courtesy CLRVYNT.

Frank Weysos – Annie Moore

frank-weysos-bioFrank Weysos has premiered a new song from his upcoming solo album. The track is titled “Annie Moore” and will appear on the album, Teddy Blood, which is set for release on November 11, 2016 via Texas Is Funny Records.

Listen to the song here and check out the track listing and album art below.

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Arizona Landmine Streams New EP

Arizona LandmineArizona Landmine has premiered a full stream of their debut EP.  The disc is titled When Will I Ever Learn? and is available via Texas Is Funny Records.

Listen here courtesy Modern Vinyl.

Tours: Wild Pink

Wild PinkBrooklyn’s Wild Pink has announced that they will be heading on tour this November in support of their recent EP, Good Life, avaialbel now via Texas Is Funny Records.

Full tour listings are below.

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Arizona Landmines Join Texas Is Funny Records

Arizona LandminesEmo-pop band Arizona Landmine has joined the Texas Is Funny Records family. The Ames, Iowa based band plans to release their debut record, When Will I Ever Learn?, on cassette and digital near the end of 2015. 

Coinciding with the announcement comes the premiere of the new song “This Ain’t My First Rodeo.”  Vocalist Griffen Clark comments on the track:

“The song is about identifying the flaws of the people around you and trying to overcome them, but in doing that, you can start to find those flaws in yourself. It can completely reconstruct your perspective, but ultimately it’s necessary to be a better person.”

Listen to the song here courtesy New Noise Magazine.

Texas Is Funny Announces CMJ Showcase Lineup

Texas Is FunnyTexas Is Funny Records has announced their 2015 CMJ Showcase.  The label showcase serves as a partnership from Sweet Love Booking and Washed Up Emo at the Lit Lounge in Manhattan on October 14, 2015.  Venue details are below.

Bands present include The Midwestern CharmWild PinkWe Leave At Midnight, Vetter Kids, Ice Hockey, and Lonely Horse.

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The Midwestern Charm

Growing Pains

Texas Is Funny
By

Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

As a music critic, you always hope that you’re just one login away from finding your new favourite band in your inbox.  You’d be surprised at how much unrelated or uninteresting submissions you need to sift through before something satisfies that “just right” formula, but whenever it happens, the payoff never diminishes.  Such was my first encounter with Milwaukee, Wisconsin basement pop band The Midwestern Charm’s sophomore achievement, Growing Pains.  Adhering to the school of soft spoken, straightforward indie/rock, this trio excitingly comes across like an American take on the Weakerthans or midwestern version of Deathcab For Cutie.

At it’s core, Growing Pains is an extremely listenable, serotonin-boosting experience.  Front man Connor La Mue sings with a casual air that feels akin to chatting with your best buddy about a mutual interest – there’s just no pressure to do anything but enjoy the exchange.  Songs like “Wallflower” and “Insignificant” project a fuzzy, pop-heavy The Thermals vibe, whereas those that pursue more of the acoustic informed alt-country direction (check out “Can’ Stand It” and “Something Nothing”) invite flattering Gin Blossoms comparisons.  But front and centre, the catchiest, vocal-heavy hooks reside in the peppy melody framing those like “Bloodbath” and “Lush.”  Such exemplars compose The Midwestern Charm’s most buoyant and uplifting standouts, framing Growing Pains as a collection of engaging yet simple songs from a band that tends to ground their instrumental ambitions in the fundamentals. 

Central to their connection, The Midwestern Charm hits the lyrical hammer on the head.  Believably playful scenarios lovingly unravel as La Mue describes the various footsteps of traversing young adulthood.  From the feeling of time slowing in a dead end town (“General Drag”), to the blinding draw of a new crush (“Something Nothing”), The Midwestern Charm binds broad themes with vividly believable details.  With the right wordplay, “With A Lime” describes that awkward self-doubting stage that follows some of us late bloomers past high school and into the onset of some of our first relationships (“I become that quiet kid that laughs but never gets it whenever you’re around”).  Even after a few songs, there’s little question that lyrics largely make up the “Charm” in The Midwestern Charm.

The Midwestern Charm’s allure parallels that of Chris McCaughan acoustic-driven solo project Sundowner – the pleasure lies in the simplicity and easily formed connection between performer and audience.  Growing Pains may take its name from times of uncertainty and trial and error, but The Midwestern Charm is entirely the expert here.  Anyone that fancys themselves an indie or alt-country buff is in for a real treat.

Video: The Midwestern Charm – With A Lime

midwestern charmMilwaukee, WI’s The Midwestern Charm has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “With A Lime” from their latest full-length, Growing Pains, release dthis past April through Texas Is Funny Records.

Watch the video below.

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We Leave At Midnight

We Leave At Midnight

Terra Flora

Texas Is Funny
By

Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Some bands completely wear their influences on their sleeve. While there’s always a risk of living in their shadow, there’s little doubt that such bands know exactly what they aspire to be, even if they risk being interpreted as a tad plagiaristic. Indie rock outfit We Leave At Midnight arguably fits that description with flattering likeness to Dr. Dog and Okkervil River. For their latest EP, Terror Flora, the Texas quintet plays a psychedelic brand of indie-pop heavy on vintage hooks that weaves sparkling, wiry melodies.

 We Leave At Midnight moves a bit like an intoxicated circus performer, staggering from trapeze to tightrope without much acknowledgement of the tension of his actions. Opener “Everyone Laughs At Their Own Mistakes” lumbers along like the slow turn of a hypnotically captivating kaleidoscope. A smoky vocal haze drifts around the very 70’s-esque vocal quiver like something from the Sargent Pepper-era Beatles lineage, aligning closely with Dr. Dog’s more abstract output circa Fate or Shame Shame. Take the hauntingly odd interlude “Priest Mouth,” with its humming organ-esque soundboard drone. In less than a minute the band manages to chill the subconscious and speak menacingly even in the absence of words. When the winding melodies subside and We Leave At Midnight succumb to the draw of conventional melody, lead vocals drop an octave and enter into Okkervil River styled Black Sheep Boy territory. While seemingly ripe for narrative, the band instead opts to play up their clarity with the EP’s catchiest chorus hooks in “Sink Your Teeth,” ending the disc on a memorable high.

While none of Terror Flora’s songs truly stand taller than the next, We Leave At Midnight succeeds at developing a full album continuity. Even with the clear likeness and indebtedness to Dr. Dog and Okkervil River, We Leave At Midnight avoid living in the shadow the only way they know how: playing music that could be mistaken for their influences in style and quality. We Leave At Midnight’s next step will clearly involve injecting their own personality, but until then, they’ll make a fine opening act for some of the finest psychedelic indie bands around.

Blithe – So Pretty

San Antonio based post-punk group Blithe has premeired a new song from their upcoming EP, False Sense of Entitlement, due out July 28, 2015 via Texas Is Funny Records.

Listen to the track “So Pretty” here via Substream Magazine.

Video: Gulfer – ‘Getting Hit By Parked Cars’

GulferMontreal math rock outfit Gulfer have posted  a video for Getting Hit By Parked Cars, a track taken from their most recent release, What Gives. The 7 track EP dropped on June 30th on cassette and digitally via Texas is Funny Records.

Check out the video below.

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Video: Gulfer – Getting Hit By Parked Cars

GulferMontreal’s soft spoken, jangly band Gulfer has premiered a new music video from their new album, What Gives, released on June 30, 2015 via Texas Is Funny on cassette and digital formats. 

Watch the video for “Getting Hit By Parked Cars” below.

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Video: The Midwestern Charm – General Drag

midwestern charmMilwaukee, WI’s The Midwestern Charm has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “General Drag” from their latest full-length, Growing Pains, release dthis past April through Texas Is Funny Records.

Watch the video below.

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Gulfer Streams New EP

GulferMontreal’s soft spoken, jangly band Gulfer has premiered a full stream of their upcoming new album, What Gives, due out June 30, 2015 via Texas Is Funny on cassette and digital formats.  

Listen to the full EP here.

Gulfer – Bloody Lookin

GulferMontreal’s soft spoken, jangly band Gulfer has premiered a new single.  The track is titled “Bloody Lookin” and will appear on the upcoming new album, What Gives, due out June 30, 2015 via Texas Is Funny on cassette and digital formats.  

Listen to the new song here courtesy AbsolutePunk.

Wild Pink Join Texas Is Funny Records; Premiere New Song

Wild PinkBrooklyn’s Wild Pink has joined the Texas Is Funny roster. The label plans to release the band’s new EP, Good Life, on June 30, 2015 in cassette and digital formats. Pre-Orders  are now live.

In the mean time, check out the first song from the album, “Is This Hotel Haunted,” which can be heard below.

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Gulfer Joins Texas Is Funny Records

GulferMontreal’s soft spoken, jangly band Gulfer has announced that they have signed on with Texas Is Funny.  The band plans to release their new album, What Gives, officially on June 30, 2015 in cassette and digital formats.  

Listen to the first track, “Almost Sterling,” here courtesy Brooklyn Vegan.  Track listing and upcoming tour dates are below.

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Temple – Massive Star

TempleMilwaukee, WI’s Temple has premiered a new song.  The track serves as the b-side, “Massive Star,” to the upcoming 7-inch entitled Kill / Let Die, which is out May 12, 2015 as a joint release via Texas Is Funny / Waybridge / Guard / Suspended Soul / Darkness Forming. The vinyl.  Pre-Orders are available now.

Stream the b-side here courtesy AbsolutePunk.

Temple Announces New EP; Streams First Track

TempleTexas Is Funny has announced that they will be releasing a brand new EP from Milwaukee, WI’s Temple. The 7-inch is entitled Kill / Let Die and is out May 12, 2015 as a joint release via Texas Is Funny / Waybridge / Guard / Suspended Soul / Darkness Forming. The vinyl.  Pre-Orders are available now.

Stream the new song, “Like Nothing In This Life,” here courtesy Stereogum.

The Midwestern Charm Full Album Stream

midwestern charmMilwaukee, WI’s The Midwestern Charm has premiered a full stream of their upcoming new album.  The new-full length is titled Growing Pains and is due out on CD/digital April 21, 2015 through Texas Is Funny Records.

Listen to disc in it entirety here courtesy Brooklyn Vegan.

The Midwestern Charm – General Drag

midwestern charmMilwaukee, WI’s The Midwestern Charm has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “General Drag” and appears on their upcoming new-full length, Growing Pains, due out on CD/digital April 21, 2015 through Texas Is Funny Records.

Listen to the song here courtesy Exclaim.