Sound Dessert Nights kicked off the 2016 season at Stay Gold with the pop-noir sounds of Reservations, Grey Lakes, Darkbird and Wildcat Apollo. With temperatures dropping into the 40’s, everyone huddled inside, ready to soak in the gauzy, reverberations of these four up-and-coming Austin bands. Thanks to Tullamore Dew, there was also plenty of whiskey to keep everyone toasty and satiated.
The dreamy three piece kicked off the night with an enchanting, atmospheric set. Reservations first caught my eye back in October, when they opened for Widowspeak at Austin’s Lamberts BBQ. Mesmerized by their ethereal sound, I instantly knew I needed Reservations to have a larger presence in my life. Fast forward to them playing Sound Dessert Nights.
The band’s expansive and hypnotic ballads like “I Don’t Mind” and “Planet,” pulled listeners in and set the tone for an intimate, enveloping night of music. Reservations is currently in the running for The Austin Deli’s Best Indie Pop Artist of 2015. Give them a listen and you’ll understand why.
Next was a particular special performance by Grey Lakes as it was their live debut as a band — as in their very first show. Not that anyone would have noticed. Grey Lakes sound years beyond the mere months they’ve been making music under the misty moniker (their debut EP Our Blood dropped in October). Their undulating, ambient-pop transfixed the audience, with fans shouting “one more song” as their set came to a close. Not too shabby for the first time, and they’re just getting started. Expect to see much more from Grey Lakes on the Austin scene.
‘The time is now’ to stand at attention for Darkbird. All eyes were on lead singer Kelly Barnes as she commanded the Stay Gold stage with her exuberant presence and powerful vocals. Captivating from beginning to end, Barnes twisted and bended as she punctuated each pivotal note with her bravado. The five piece performed songs from their debut album, I Remember Feeling My Fingers Slip, a collection of spirited, impassioned rock ‘n’ roll, including the haunting single, “Poison Arrows” which they played at the end to much fanfare. As Darkbird sing on “Fatal Flaw,” “we’ve got nothing but love” for this band.
Psychedelic-pop darlings Wildcat Apollo closed the night with their dance-meets-shoegaze sounds. The four piece creates the perfect combination of songs you can close your eyes and get lost in, or if you’re in the opposite mood, just groove to. The band touched on both playing tracks like, “Hight and Low” and “Tangents.”
At one point lead singer, Cat Tassini paused to take a sip of her beer, only for the foam to spillover. “Don’t you hate it when your bear does that?” Tassini remarked. “All of a sudden it’s way too turnt.” I think we can all attest to that.
Thus marks another Sound Dessert Nights in the books. Thank you to Reservations, Grey Lakes, Darkbird and Wildcat Apollo for the exceptional sounds, to Stay Gold for being such gracious hosts and making Sound Dessert Nights possible, to Tullamore Dew for the drink specials, and to Breezy Ritter Photography for capturing the magic. Lastly, thank you to all of you, who continue to come out and support Sound Dessert Nights and these talented artists.
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XO SOUND DESSERT.