Hundred Visions: “Last Cab From Tunis”
For all its grand mythos, at the end of the day, Austin is still a pretty insular music scene. There are some really great examples of groups that’ve slipped the velvet Violet Crown and made something of themselves nationally (and I won’t bore you with the list) and transcended the title of merely “Austin band.” But when you consider the sheer volume of musical talent in this town, it sometimes feels like they’re exceptions that prove the rule. But arty garage rockers Hundred Visions is a band that we just might have to add to that list pretty soon.
The group has flown fairly under the radar locally, but have gained some percolating national buzz as of late. White Denim, an Austin group that’s made a pretty smooth transition into a national act, took Hundred Visions out on tour as an opener this spring. Hundred Visions also had a couple northeast opening dates with re-formed, alt-rock favorites Archers of Loaf in April, and last year the band performed on music website Daytrotter‘s Barnstormer tour through the Midwest (you can listen to some of the sessions on Daytrotter’s site).
Hundred Visions have managed to build strong buzz with only a single, three-song EP to their name. But what an EP Last Cab From Tunis is. The title track, which just happens to be our song of the day, is a jittery bit of art-punk. Almost every review of the song compares it to LCD Soundsystem’s output, and it’s easy to hear why. The beats are funky, and the song is as quirky as it is catchy. It’s a song that should be lighting up hipster dance parties across the country.