She, Sir and Letting Up Despite Great Faults Play Thursday Night at Holy Mountain
On this edition of the Austin Music Minute, I have the pleasure of featuring two bands who happen to be longtime faves of mine – and an excellent pairing, indeed. We have Austin-based quartet She, Sir and from Los Angeles, by way of Austin, Letting Up Despite Great Faults.
She, Sir is one of the first bands I was introduced to in town, thanks to a mutual friend, drummer Christopher McGuire, who had spent a brief stint playing with them. Founding members Russell Karloff and Matt Grusha had just moved to Austin from Iowa, and were writing music and performing as a duo. Now a quartet, with the addition of guitarist Jeremy Cantrell and drummer David Nathan, the band is known for its sophisticated shoegaze and psychedelic style combined with distinctively melodic ‘60s-inspired pop. They’ve been working on their new full-length album, Go Guitars, due for release next spring, but recently premiered a new track for fans, “Condensedindents.”
Letting Up Despite Great Faults’ founding member Mike Lee made his band debut with a 2009 self-titled LP, which received much critical acclaim. Their latest release, Untogether, is a dreamy hybrid of indie- and electro-pop bliss, a ephemeral blend of soft, warm vocals and ’80s-inspired keys that’s atmospheric and unexpectedly exhilarating.
She, Sir and Letting Up Despite Great Faults share the bill at a show Thursday night at Holy Mountain, 617 E. 7th St. Doors open at 9 p.m. Highly recommended.