A Bubble enjoys hearing the Sunsets
Welcome to our music picks, where once a week we talk to an Austin musician and find out what’s been burning up his or her CD player, turntable or iPod lately. Looking for a good musical recommendation? Take some advice from people in the local music trenches who knows their stuff. Recommendations can be local, national or international, new or old. They only need to fit two criteria: 1) the musician in question needs to have just discovered them, and 2) it has to be fantastic.
This week: After a Fourth of July week off, we return with a recommendation from William Glosup, singer and guitarist for bouncy garage pop quartet the Bubbles. The Bubbles play Pixel Pop, an original event at the Mohawk combining fashion, art and additional performances from Candi and the Strangers and the
Happen-Ins, tonight. Doors open at 9:30 p.m,; admission is $5, $7 for minors. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.
William Glosup recommends: “Tomorrow Is Alright,” the debut album from San Francisco’s Sonny and the Sunsets, purveyors of West Coast pop that combines 1950s doo wop harmonies with modern humor. Front man Sonny Smith’s “100 Records” art exhibition — a sprawling project that included 100 album covers created by 90 artists with songs written by Smith for all 100 records — recently swung through the Okay Mountain gallery.
William Glosup says: “A couple of weeks ago I was hanging out with this pretty classy friend of mine who is always on the up-and-up, and he showed me this band called Sonny and the Sun- sets. They’re pretty new in terms of only just recently getting out of their own scene in San Francisco. They just came out with this record ‘Tomorrow Is Alright,’ and I can’t stop listening to it. It’s super-addictive ’60s-kind-of pop. It sounds really old and it’s really hooky. It’s really quality. It’s kind of like a throwback band, but it really holds its own. Listening to it, I get the same feeling that I got when I heard the Strokes for the first time — I tried to associate it with some older music and pin it down to what it was ripping off, but I couldn’t because it was fresher than that.”
Check out the video for Sonny and the Sunsets’ “Death Cream” in our music blog @austin360.com/music (as well as the Bubbles performing “Pretend” at Trailer Space Records).
The Bubbles are Chris Balcom, Weston Young, Seth Gibbs and William Glosup.