While Dallas is not typically known for their independent music scene, there are a few noteworthy gems that have come across my desk in recent years, most recently noise-pop trio Blackstone Rangers. Formed in 2011, the group released their debut EP Into The Sea online and on cassette (believe it or not) in June of 2012. The group recorded it themselves while the mixing was taken care of by Salim Nourallah and mastered by Carl Saff. Into The Sea was released by popular Dallas-based blog Dallas Distortion Music.
Originally composed of members Ruth Smith (keyboardist/vocals/loops) and Derek Kutzer (guitar/vocals), the group added drummer Dan Bornhorst to complete their signature ambient, synth-driven, noise pop sound. No stranger to Austin, Blackstone Rangers have shared the stage with local indie groups The Boxing Lesson, Residual Kid and Zorch to name a few. In addition to participating in their first South by Southwest, the group is currently in the process of recording their follow up to Into The Sea.
Watch Blackstone Rangers perform live at the “Future of Indie” day party at Güero’s Taco Bar on March 12. Blackstone Rangers take the stage at 4 p.m. RSVP on Facebook here and you could win a $20 Güero’s gift card. The event is all ages. No cover and no wristbands needed.