Given it's reputation as a thriving, uber-hotbed for emerging talent, Austin, TX must be a mofo of a town to be the proverbial squeaky wheel. Here's hoping that Economy Island and Empty Markets garner the precious drops of oil and TLC they so richly deserve.
Twistworthy Records or Bandcamp.
Markets raw, punk/hardcore sprawl not only pulverizes with the kind of
musculature you’d expect of their ilk, but unfurls an idiosyncratic bent that
has made likeminded newbies Metz and Viet Kong such refreshing, visceral forces
to be reckoned with. This (now
formally) co-ed Austin trio has applied
a revisionist tact to the artful chord progressions of Unwound, and incendiary angularities of early Hüsker Dü, all steeped in analogue sonic
tactics, not to mention serrated reverb for miles. Empty Markets frontman Drew Schmitz is ostensibly tinkering with dropped, or at minimum
alternate guitar tunings, attaching an unsettling edge to Stainless Steel’s
inherent pessimistic tenor. A little
subterranean moxie goes a long way in separating this troupe from the herd,
and after barely cracking the cellophane on …Steel I’m already stoked to imbibe
more. Physical copies can be obtained from 12XU, and as for digital, Bandcamp and iTunes have you covered.