The Calm Blue Sea will be wrapping up the night with their full, orchestral post-rock sound. Nearly two years ago, the quartet rose from an 18-month hiatus just in time for South by Southwest (SXSW) 2011, signed with record label Modern Outsider, then reissued their three-year-old debut album on CD and vinyl. Soon after, the band began working on their new album, Arrivals & Departures, which was released in October 2012. The new album exudes passion, clarity and flawless techniques while maintaining the post-rock style of crescendos and chaos, which translates beautifully live. With the proof of Arrivals & Departures, we now know that The Calm Blue Sea has brilliantly mastered its style. For the past few weeks they’ve been busy translating their new album into a live-performance film series. So far, the band has completed up to part six–all videos are free and available for streaming online.
Performing before The Calm Blue Sea is Residual Kid, the youngest alternative rock trio Red River has to offer.The band has a very distinct part-’90s alternative/ part-’90s punk/ part ’70s hard rock sound that they perform with enthusiasm and youthful energy. The band wrapped up 2012 with a performance at Auditorium Shores and opened the near year with Free Week performing alongside The Boxing Lesson, Megafauna, My Education, Boyfrndz and Zorch. This year, the band is planning a summer tour and a SXSW performance.
Houston-based psychedelic pop band will be Featherface will bringing their mellow sound to the showcase. Last September, the quartet released their debut full-length album, Actual Magic. The self-produced album harnesses an organic energy with a soft psychedelic tinge to complement their airy pop sound. In addition to recently releasing Actual Magic, Featherface has also shared stages with Ringo Deathstarr, The Elected and Colour Revolt.
Grape St. will be kicking off the night with their upbeat indie-rock style. They recently performed with Mole People and Shivery Shakes for The Growl CD-release showcase.