The Preservation Performs Tonight at the Beauty Bar Ballroom
I’m rather excited for this band. Each time I see them, they’re sounding better than ever.
The Preservation is an Austin-based quartet that specializes in what they like to call “cosmic-American” music, a description basically representing the huge mix of influences that everyone in the band contributes: Psych, blues, country, western, Mexican, German – the list goes on and on. It feels like rock meets pop meets hippie redneck.
In 2009, musicians Mario Matteoli and Cayce Marsh were still performing and touring as a duo, but they decided it was time for a big change. And of course, this led to a bigger band – the start of the cosmic-American adventure as The Preservation. Drummer Josh Wienholt and bassist Ben Burdick, who had previously played with a friend of Matteoli’s, joined the group, and Wienholt convinced keyboardist Andy Bianculli to come out to Austin from Baltimore. The common thread that united them all was that everyone was searching for something bigger and better, musically. They recorded a demo that winter, then embarked upon a 12-week tour the following summer. Through Kickstarter, the band was able to pull funds together to record an album in February 2011 with producer Jim Eno (drummer for Spoon).
What you hear on their full-length, Two Sisters, shows that “cosmic” embrace, reflecting the diverse talents and backgrounds that each member of the quintet brings to the table.
There are plenty more touring plans in the works for The Preservation (maybe even some on a more international level, hint hint), but in the meantime, you can see them play tonight at the Beauty Bar Ballroom, 2015 E. Riverside Dr. And this will be one heck of a triple bill, with The Dalles and SuperLiteBike. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the show starts at 9:30 p.m. Recommended.