The Dalles EP Release Show Saturday Night at the Hole In the Wall
A few weeks ago, local filmmaker Reid Connell paid a visit to the Texas Capitol building with Austin quartet The Dalles. Connell was going to film the band playing, sans amps and mics, within in the majestic, high-ceiling dome of the distinguished late 19th century building. Apparently, the acoustics there are amazing. And the resulting performance was fantastic.
It’s sounds a bit strange, but it’s completely legal. Technically, there are no laws against musicians performing in there. It’s a public building, and no extra amplification is necessary for sound to carry. My friend and colleague, songwriter Christy Hays, joined the group on their excursion and said it was an incredible experience, with employees even stepping out of their offices to watch the performance. That was The Dalles’ official Capitol debut.
The band members aren’t originally from Austin, but eventually made there way here and formed their band last year. Initially, they had a slightly darker approach to their music style on a couple of their earlier tracks. However, their new EP My Own Private White House reveals a more ambitious rock and pop side, topped with headstrong harmonies and upbeat melodies. But there remains a message, a profound empathy within the lyrics. Songwriters Ben Ballinger and Blue Mongeon give a powerful voice to a wide range of feelings.
The Dalles have an EP release party on Saturday at the Hole In the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe, and there’s a killer line-up on board: The Couch, The Baker Family, and an artist who now officially has a day (February 9) named in his honor in the City of Austin, Shakey Graves. Four fantastic bands under one roof. What a great Saturday night. Get there around 9:30 p.m. Recommended.