Salesman Plays Tonight at The Mohawk
Songwriter and artist Devin James Fry was making records under the moniker Salesman when he was still living in Boulder, CO. He met drummer Clayton Lillard shortly after moving to Austin. That, in a nutshell, was a new beginning and a further awakening for Salesman.
Now, along with guitarist and vocalist Danny Pruitt, violinist Patrick Patterson, and bassist Grant Himmler, each bandmate pushes the other out of his comfort zone toward newer directions. The result is an extraordinary musical palette with unusual patterns, tones and textures. Fry, himself, is fueled by a deeply-rooted desire to do away with paralyzing fears that prevent individuals from expressing themselves. He thrives on that residual feeling one gets after letting go. Salesman’s live shows feel downright cathartic.
I’ve noted before that it’s near impossible to pin any sort of song structure or particular genre on Salesman, which is made immediately apparent upon hearing the band’s latest EP, Wasp, the first in a series of three EPs they will release this year. The music is a dramatic, shimmering, and ever-shifting entity.
Experience it for yourself. Salesman will perform tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the inside stage. And this is a very good local bill, indeed: Indie folk-rockers The Baker Family, dynamic electronic duo End Wave, and brilliant acoustic pop ensemble The Noise Revival Orchestra. Doors open at 9 p.m. Recommended.