Randy Reynolds wouldn’t object to being called student of rock and roll. He might object to being called a rock and roll nerd. Both descriptors fit. Reynolds arrived Austin after Hurricane Rita drove him out of his native Houston and he’s been writing and recording straight-ahead rock tunes in town ever since.
Reynolds is clearly fascinated by word-play and storytelling. He got the name Leatherbag from, as he puts it, a pretentious part of James Joyce‘s Finnegan’s Wake. And the title for Leatherbag’s latest record, Yellow Television, emerged one morning at 4:30; he says it was the first thing that came out of his mouth.
Leatherbag has a couple of shows today in celebration of the new record. Reynolds and Co. have an in-store performance at End of an Ear tonight at 6:30pm. And, if you can’t make it out to the record store, you can catch Leatherbag at Skinny’s Ballroom (they’ll be alongside The Wolf as well as RTB2).
“Sincerity” closes out Yellow Television. Reynolds says he and the band are trying to create their own identity. He says he doesn’t want to stay in one creative place for too long, and this new record is, indeed, a darker, more cerebral album.