She Sir Plays Tonight at The Mohawk
Austin-based band She Sir was initially a duo when they made their official debut with the independently produced 2006 release Who Can’t Say Yes. This was around the time I first met founding members Matt Grusha and Russell Karloff, both Iowa transplants who moved to Austin to concentrate on their songwriting and play shows with a number of rotating musicians, including drummer Christopher McGuire (John Vanderslice, Kid Dakota). It was a slightly more experimental time early on, as Grusha and Karloff were still exploring sounds and finding their footing.
Who Can’t Say Yes got things off to a great start with rave reviews for their distinctively layered shoegaze sound, and a spot on CMJ’s Top 100 list in 2007. Their 2010 four-track vinyl release, Yens, followed by their full-length Ev’ry Thing In Paris, would also garner high critical praise for their lush dreampop/shoegaze dynamic. At the same time, they instinctively bring in classic ‘60s and ‘70s pop melodies that have gotten them comparisons to The Beach Boys and Belle & Sebastian.
These days, Grusha and Karloff play shows with guitarist Jeremy Cantrell and drummer David Nathan. Karloff says the band has a new single coming out this summer, and their next full-length is due for release in the winter.
Meanwhile, you need to check out She Sir at their show tonight, presented by From the Mind of Adi at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the indoor stage. And it’s one of those triple-bill treats with local indie popsters Shivery Shakes and Dallas band Dagars. Doors open at 9 p.m. Recommended.