On Thursday, Hotel Vegas will be hosting The Boxing Lesson’s 7″ vinyl release party with an eclectic lineup. The bill will feature an array of genres and styles, including progressive, psychedelic, electronica and jazz-rock.
Psychedelic progressive rock band The Boxing Lesson turned 10 this year, and they are celebrating by approaching their music with an entirely new attitude. In the last year, the band has been working closely with Chris “Frenchie” Smith (Trail of Dead, Dandy Warhols, Jet) at The Bubble Studio and cultivating their two latest singles, “Better Daze” and “Health is the New Drug”—featured on the 7” vinyl. Though the band continues to have the same name, their new sound has traded their strong psychedelic influence for a heavier and perfected progressive rock sound.
Opening for The Boxing Lesson is jazz-rock band Purple. The Beaumont-based band released their debut EP, Violaceous, last Saturday in their hometown. Like The Boxing Lesson, Purple’s album was produced by Chris “Frenchie” Smith at The Bubble Studios. After attracting attention during South by Southwest, they are taking up an offer to record a full-length album with Gregg Rolie of Santana and Journey fame.
Also on the bill is local electronic-pop band [paperthreat]. In November, the band released their second EP, Ghost Dance. Unlike most electronic music, [paperthreat] not only uses keyboards and computers, but also use vocals and a prevalent brass section featuring trumpet and trombone. Opening for the event is the garage-rock band The Hi-Tones. Last year, the band shared their sound with the South and Midwest on a fall tour. The band toured to support their five-track release, TransAudioStasis.