Earle’s two bits on an 8-bit mar­vel

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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 some­one in the lo­cal mu­sic trenches who knows his or her stuff. Rec­om­men­da­tions can be lo­cal, na­tional or in­ter­na­tional, new or old. They need to fit only two cri­te­ria: 1) the mu­si­cian in ques­tion needs to have just dis­cov­ered them, and 2) it has to be fan­tas­tic.

This week: We grab a rec­om­men­da­tion from Geoff Earle, one-third of elec­tron­ica funk trio Fresh­mil­lions, one of the most re­cent ad­di­tions to Austin’s im­mi­nently healthy dance scene. Fresh­mil­lions pile live rock in­stru­men­ta­tion on sam­ples rang­ing from the Spin­ners to the iconic theme mu­sic from 8-bit NES clas­sic “Castl­e­va­nia.” The band opens to­day for like-minded dance duo Auto Body at the ND at 501 Stu­dios. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show is $12.

Earle rec­om­mends: The four-song demo de­but EP from Austin noise rock duo Zorch, down­load­able from that band’s web­site, and es­pe­cially open­ing song “Zut Alore!”

Earle says: “That is such an epic jam. It’s so awe­some. Since we’re kind of elec­tronic we get peo­ple telling us a lot ‘Oh yeah, this band is kind of elec­tronic and kind of awe­some and you should play with them.’ And when peo­ple say that we usu­ally check that band out. But that par­tic­u­lar band, the first time hear­ing them was like ‘Oh, we have to play with this band more than any­body else.’ It’s two dudes, one with a re­ally ridicu­lous cir­cle of key­boards and one with a drum set. The 8-bit thing is some­thing I was into for a long time, but I be­lieve there are bands who do it be­cause it’s just a pop­u­lar, trendy style. I usu­ally get (ex­ple­tive) for this, but one of my prime ex­am­ples of that is Crys­tal Cas­tles. I hon­estly don’t think that band is very good at all, but they hap­pened to be in on the 8-bit thing. I felt like there were a lot of bands that were do­ing that but weren’t very good, but hear­ing Zorch’s syn­the­siz­ers along with a live drum­mer who was re­ally good at drum­ming, it was like ‘Whoa, some­body with some chops.’ Plus at the end of ‘Zut Alore!’ there’s lyrics about rep­til­ian con­spir­acy the­o­ries. I kind of have a fetish about con­spir­acy the­o­ries — about the more out­landish ones and how hi­lar­i­ous they are. I was into that at the time, and then right at the end they start sing­ing about rep­til­ian aliens and I was like, ‘Awe­some. These are ob­vi­ously dudes I should be hang­ing with.’”

Sara Nezam­abadi

Geoff Earle, cen­ter, with Fresh­mil­lions band mem­bers Cody Skin­ner, left, and Dan Skar­bek, thinks highly of Zorch’s elec­tron­ics-and-drums ‘Zut Alore!’

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