Thursday, June 25, C3 and locally based music collective Eye In The Sky are co-producing one of the week’s best local live music showcases at Lamberts, headlined by one Austin’s best up-and-comers, Wonderbitch. They will be joined by garage-pop fusionists Slomo Drags and orchestral indie rock band Messages, formerly Mighty Mountain. It is a sample of Austin proper and what you would typically see at a Red River venue in the middle of one of the coolest places in the 2nd Street District.
Originally formed in Bloomington, Indiana, Wonderbitch made their way to Austin in 2013 and became the quartet they are today. It was that same year that they released their 7-song, DIY debut Wonderbitch Loves You. Often mentioned in the same realm as Steely Dan or Muse, the group fuses elements of progressive rock, disco, jazz and pysch-pop. It is the perfect background for their themes of love, sex and healing.
Currently Wonderbitch is gearing up to the release their self-titled, sophomore release on July 21. Thursday should be a great early listen to some new material and to (re)familiarize yourself with the group whom you’ll be hearing more about later.
Early arrival is recommended as you will not want to miss showcase opener, Messages. Headliners in their own right, the group is one of the best live performers thanks to their big orchestral sound and dynamic frontman, Jonathan Horstmann (BLXPLTN).
Slomo Drags, the sort of wildcard on the bill, are arguably one of the coolest young bands those outside “the scene” have not yet put on their radar. Jangly pop sounds, reverb and the swagger of frontman Jackson Albracht give this young group a good chance at growing in popularity with the release of more albums in the future.
Listen to music from the night’s performers below. Set times are listed next to the band’s name.
Wonderbitch – midnight
Slomodrags – 11 p.m.
Messages – 10 p.m.