Austin and SXSW may seem to have music in Texas on lock, but theres more to the Lone Star States scene than a massive conference/festival. Take for example Houston natives Something Fierce. This trio of punks has been tramping around since 2005, and with a forthcoming proper debut on Dirtnap Records (whose SXSW showcase they played), theyre set to expand their stomping grounds.
Propelling them forward is a sound harkening back to late 70s punk bands like The Clash with modern, powerpop mentalities. The first single, Empty Screens, from their upcoming Dont Be So Cruel illustrates that sound perfectly: fast and fun, but layered with carefully crafted rhythms that anchor the band to the present. Steven Garcias heady vocals, while hard to discern at times, reveal astute scrutiny of modern societys addiction to digital screens (um, keep reading CoS, though! Were a good addiction).
You can hear more from these promising upstarts when their third full-length, Dont Be So Cruel, drops April 12th via Dirtnap. You can also catch them on a Western tour beginning April 1st, with Mid-West and Eastern dates promised. Stream Empty Screens and scope Something Fierces complete tour schedule below.
Something Fierce April 2011 Tour:
04/01 – Houston, TX @ Mangos
04/07 – San Antonio, TX @ 1011
04/08 – Las Cruces, NM @ Chris Masons Burrito Jam Sesh
04/09 – Tucson, AZ @ Way Out West Fest
04/11 – Fresno, CA @ The Bel Tower
04/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
04/14 – Redding, CA @ Bombays
04/15 – Portland, OR @ The Saratoga
04/16 – Seattle, WA @ The Funhouse
04/17 – Vancouver, BC @ Malones Bar & Grill
04/18 – Boise, ID @ Liquid Lounge
04/20 – Albuquerque, NM @ Blackbird Duvette
04/22 – College Station, TX @ Revolution Cafe