As I have stated before on my show when I first started this little en devour I called The Prowl, I envisioned the show mostly obtaining music from the local Austin artists and maybe a few national acts who come through Austin to play. However I had not envisioned the reach that this show would have as it started to take on a life of its own and what started as a small show dedicated to local indie artists had blossomed into a show featuring bands from all over the world now including a number from the UK. The Show now offers wonderful pop from The Memory Fades, the wonderful rock band Penney Eyes dedicated to bringing back that 90s pop rock sound of their idols, and of course the newest addition to the shows rotation The Embrooks that have revived the wonderful sound of the 1960s psychedelic rock that is just super far out and wonderful! I just wanted to take the time to say thanks to them and to all of the other bands that help make this show possible.
If you are tired of the same old worn out prom themes and over priced formal wear then the 80s themed Punk Rock Prom thrown by Waco's own Spin Connection Record Store was for you! For just $4 you got to attend this family friendly event thrown inside the record store. The line consisted of a few local Waco bands followed by 2 hit bands from Austin to close it out. While I missed some of the performances I did get to watch the 2 heavy hitters out of Austin I have written about before The Irons and Trace of Lime! First up was the Irons and just like at Pinewoods block party they put on one heck of a show! While most of their line up consisted of their own wonderfully written songs there was a minor delay with one of Trace of Limes's band members and they managed to stall perfectly and sing some awesome covers! The crowd favorite of course being Weezers Say It Aint so. When they still had more time left they brought some audience members up to offer their free style skills and went from a concert to just some strangers all jamming out and having a great time! In my opinion though the true star of the show was their 19 year old saxophonist who just absolutely killed it on his sax and gave some face melting solos on it! Many first time fans were super impressed with both his performance and the band as a whole. After being fashionably late it was time for Trace of Lime to take the stage and as usual they provided a great mix of both their own songs and covers this time with a bit of 80's flair! The crowd this time was very lively and at certain points a mosh pit started to form and people were jumping and singing it was beautiful organized chaos! Like always they did the crowd favorite Girls Just Want to Have fun but also did a great Love Shack cover that I last saw at SXSW and got the crowed all sorts of excited and involved.However one I had not heard the do before was a cover of The Rammones I Wanna Be Sedated and like always they absolutely killed it! I look forward to throwing both Trace of Lime and The Irons on the show so stay tuned on Tuesday nights to hear them!
How much did Wild Hum captivate me tonight during their live feed? So much so they made me delay going to eat dinner by a solid 30 minuets. As a man who lets nothing stand between he and his food this is about the highest honor this humble writer of opinions can bestow. While I was unable to catch the full show I did manage to catch the last 30 minuets or so of the original live feed and as I mentioned earlier I was absolutely enthralled by their performance. This past Tuesday on the show I had played their only released song at the moment Divorce in the Water and both my listeners and I were enamored by their work. However I have been a fan of bands before who sounded great on their recording but got absolutely let down by their live performances. However with Wild Hum this was not the case. While lead singer Hannah Rooth may seem small in stature she has a powerful and soulful voice that filled up that entire room! She was able to convey true soulful longing emotion within the bars and spaces we call music. But don't call her a one trick pony though as she also was able to give some heartfelt primal screams that would have both made Dave Grohl and Al Green jealous during some of her covers. Having been a Trumpet player in college and many years beyond that I am no stranger to the music scene. As my band director used to tell me the hardest songs to play are always the slow ones. The notes are more exposed and open people have time to really see the true heart of the song and how much tone and emotion each player contributes to the song will be reflected to the audience. I think Wild Hum reflected this well. The cello player provided nice dark legato technique that balanced out the bright tone of Rooths Ukulele. As my band director also once said music is more than just playing the notes its filling up the spaces in between and the soft rhythm of the guitar and occasional drums rounded out the beautiful tapestry that is the music of Wild Hum. Having only heard Divorce in the Water I was excited to hear more of the upcoming album and I got my chance with their song Tenderly which now has me even more anxious for the upcoming album release which I hope we can add to our show! However it was more than just their style that kept me forgoing my dinner despite my stomachs angry protests. Hannah Rooth had a charisma of a seasoned music veteran. I would compare to the great Graham Nash of CSNY who I saw live a few years ago. She provided not only great whit and humor to the audience but also slid some serious messages in between like the importance of supporting your local artist or how we all just need to come together and love one another. She also called up a volunteer on stage to tell a joke to the audience which in all my concert viewing experiences was a first for me. Overall their music was wonderful with impeccable showmanship and can't wait for them to head to Texas where I will be willing to pay a decent price to see them. I can't wait for the new album and wish them all the best of luck on their tour. Be sure to check out their website https://wildhummusic.com/