The Calm Blue Sea Performs Tonight at the Mohawk
After originally forming in 2007 as a quintet, Austin band The Calm Blue Sea made its official debut a year later with their self-titled EP, produced by Erik Wofford of Cacophony Recorders. Each track on its own is a potent piece, a multi-layered soundscape with highs and lows…very much like sea waves, from calm to crashing.
The band is mostly instrumental, reveling in the art of creating visuals with very few words, if any are used at all. Their experimental, post-rock arrangements have dramatic sweeps and the calmest waters, peaks and valleys, lush, quiet settings and soaring crescendos. It’s almost a symphonic atmosphere because it’s so tremendous.
When band members decided to pursue other projects in different cities, it seemed as though they wouldn’t perform again. Personal and professional obligations were overwhelming, and things had died down by 2009. But it was too good to abandon. After a line-up change, The Calm Blue Sea reemerged as a quartet and began work on new material. The forthcoming reissue of their remastered debut EP will include two new tracks, and will be released August 2 with a wider distribution.
Of course, this is a band you need to see perform live. The Calm Blue Sea headlines a spectacular show tonight on the outside stage at The Mohawk, 912 Red River. The line-up for the evening includes The White White Lights, The Couch, and Watch Out For Rockets. And on the Mohawk’s inside stage, you can catch The Dark Water Hymnal, My Golden Calf, The Baker Family, and Paris Falls.
The mind reels with all of this great music. Doors open at 8 p.m. This one comes highly recommended.