The Couch Singles’ Release Show Tonight at the Mohawk
When Sara House entered the picture, The Couch frontman and songwriter Taylor Wilkins knew it was the right move. The man will tell you himself.
“She’s the best thing that’s happened to this band,” Wilkins says. “She’s an amazing songwriter, an amazing piano player, and an amazing singer, and to not add someone like that is doing a disservice to ourselves.”
A lot’s happened with The Couch since they formed in 2007, back in their days of mostly playing house parties in San Marcos. Since then, Wilkins, drummer Jud Johnson (Frank Smith) and bassist Kyle Robarge (The Calm Blue Sea, Frank Smith) released three EPs and and worked diligently to redefine their musical direction. This year marked the release of their first full-length, Old and Touchin’ Blue, to much critical acclaim. And the band is better than ever, thanks in large part to the addition of the multi-talented Houser. In turn, this meant adding more keys, horns, harmonies and other touches for an even broader transformation.
“We became more focused in ways we wanted to push the sound,” says Taylor about recording the album. “We were pushing the songs past the three-piece rock ‘n’ roll trio.”
As a follow-up to Old and Touchin’ Blue, The Couch is releasing two new tracks: “Oh Libby,” which was recently KUT’s Song of the Day, and “Kaiser,” and they’re tying both in with a show tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the indoor stage. It’s an excellent triple bill featuring local indie popsters The Sour Notes, and indie pop/surf rock quartet Summer Swells. Doors open at 8 p.m. Recommended.