Phonolux: “Older Yet the Same”
Our good friend and colleague, Hector Saldana – music columnist for the San Antonio Express-News (and a pretty fine musician himself) – turned us on to this band from the Alamo City. As Hector pointed out, their sound is anything but reminiscent of the Tex-Mex-tinged music that we’ve come to expect from San Antone. Phonolux is more steeped in an Austin-style indie-pop than anything else.
The band is made up of four multi-instrumentalists – Buddy Calvo, Miguel Romero Jr., Art Guillermo Jr. and Dave Novak – and the conceit behind how this band formed is pretty unique. In 2005, Calvo and Novak decided the goal of this new project would be to make music without each member being limited to playing solely one instrument on every song. Each member is fluent in guitar, piano, bass, drums and vocals – lending a breadth to their song craft that’s a standout feature of the band’s sound.
The band released an eponymous debut in 2009 and is in the studio as we speak recording a follow-up. “Older Yet the Same” is a standout track from the 2009 release, showcasing Buddy Calvo’s vocal talent and the pop sensibilities of this band of multi-instrumentalists.