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Sound Engineer - Nick Smith
Audio & Video production by Joe Lynch and Brian Levin


This Austin-based trio, led by the powerful guitar riffs and ethereal vocals of frontwoman Lauren Larson, has drawn comparisons to Sonic Youth and Blonde Redhead, while mapping out their own post-punk alternative terrain. The opening shimmers of "Rubicon" show amazing complexity for the three-piece, while "Burst" turns up the sizzle until the pop hooks melt into the layered tonal patterns. Their second album, Phantoms, is packed with loose rock influences that converge into swaths of pure beauty. The guitars encircling the pulsing rhythms of "The Push," the explosive tension percolating throughout "Run Wild" and the potent drum rumbles that puncture the shoe-gaze aura of "Dancing Blind" are the sounds of an expert group pulling out all the stops. Rolling Stone magazine named them one of the nation's best unsigned bands before they were snatched up by their current label. The notice came after impressive performances at various music industry showcases. Said to be recorded at various Austin studios, living rooms and closets, Phantoms is an expression of well-defined talent.


Our community recently lost an amazing friend, activist, teacher, and music fan. Esme Barrera was murdered early New Year's Day at her home in central Austin.

I had the honor of working with Esme for 4 years at Girls Rock Camp Austin. We rarely encounter people so inspiring -- whose compassion and joy are contagious. Esme was the unique gift of a person who could ease a new girl's fear at Rock Camp with a hug -- who a Waterloo customer remembers for her smile -- who a local band remembers for rocking out in the front row. Esme was the epitome of awesome.

The day after I heard the news she was gone, I went into Resonate Studios with Louie Lino to track a song I'd been holding inside for a long time and that I wanted to dedicate to Esme. Louie offered to add keyboards and the result of this January afternoon is what you hear above.

During recording, I learned that Esme once lived above the studio and was a dear friend of Louie and his family. I've been overwhelmed with how many people her light has touched. Even now Esme is inspiring our community and bringing people together. This song is simply an attempt to honor that inspiration and to give something back. Thank you, Esme, for all that you gave and thank you, Louie, for working with me on this song.

100% of all sales will go straight to Esme's family. Please give what you can through naming your own price for the song or by donating directly to www.forouresmeb.blogspot.com.


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