Brand New Music from a Brand New Band

If you’ve been with us for a little while, you’ll remember the mention of the band, Lookouts, in our Annihilation interview with Hoarseman. The band consists of Camilo Gonzalez and Hoarseman’s Quinton Hoagland, and it has been around for a lot longer than their music has been out.

The group initially began when Gonzalez contacted Hoagland with a piece of instrumentals. After voicing his approval of the composition, Hoagland offered to work with Gonzalez. They spent the summer dividing their attention between this project and their other various musical involvements.

On September 25, Lookouts released two singles: “Can You Take It All Away?” and “Spinning.” The songs are just a taste of what is to come – the band is already hinting at an upcoming album.

Both songs give off serious coffeehouse vibes. Soft piano music is accompanied by light strings and melancholy harmonies; all of this creates a sad, romantic nostalgia that settles in your chest. The vocals hold theatrical elements that underline the show business experience both members hold.

The singles are unlike anything we’ve seen from either of the two musicians. They wield a reflective undertone that is missing from the two’s previous projects. While I won’t say which project is better (each has its redeeming qualities), I will say that the differences are refreshing.

Lookouts plans to have their album out by early next year. They also anticipate adding several performances around the same time.

Be sure to follow Lookouts on all social media and music streaming sites, and look out (pun intended) for mentions of their upcoming album. Listen to their new music below:

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Hoarseman Talks “Notre Dame is Burning”

Not long after Annihilation hit the streets on May 10, Hoarseman began the countdown for his next collection, Notre Dame is Burning, releasing it on July 31.

The speed at which he put out his third record (in not quite three months) was already impressive – then, not five minutes after he sat down to talk to me, he revealed that it was actually ready for release on July 4. Technical difficulties involving the distributor set the record back almost a month, but the songs were already recorded and mastered by the beginning of July.

There was a reason for the quickness, as Quinton Hoagland of Hoarseman explained. With Annihilation, the main concept involved the catastrophic end to a long relationship. Notre Dame is Burning contains a few songs that are also about that same relationship; these were leftover from the Annihilation era that just didn’t fit with the others.

Hoagland is ready to move on from that relationship, though. In fact, he has moved on – the ill will he had felt is long gone. So, in order to fully transcend into the next era, he released Notre Dame is Burning as soon as he possibly could. The next album, he says, will not be for awhile because he is writing completely new material with completely different themes.

As happy as we are that he is moving on from the heavy themes in his last couple of albums, we have to admit that those emotions produced some great songs.

The album begins with the title track – and the theme is set. Rather than the arc of his last couple of albums, where the songs fall into a pit of despair and then climb out, he begins with destruction in the first song.

With its catchy hook and woeful concept, the song is the kind that will stick in your head for days on end.

The next couple of tracks (“Counterfeit Love” and “Crown of Thorns”) continue this gloomy outlook, pairing depressing lyrics with spunky tunes that remind you of a rotting Jack-o-lantern (dead inside with big carved-out grin).

There’s anger and spite and frustration bleeding into each note. “Counterfeit Love” demands an answer to the question of “how could you?” “Crown of Thorns” paints a clear-cut victim. With “Change Me,” blame is cast.

Then comes the implosion of “Granite House.” Suddenly, the weight of everything hits and blame shifts. It becomes a question of “how could I?” rather than “how could you?”

This brings the next block of inner hatred. The songs (“The Road” and “Hammock”) careen down the rabbit hole as they become more defensive and bitter. They’re plucky and messy, feelings spilling like marbles rolling across the floor.

Then, there’s the finale. The finale is “You’ll Never Change,” and it is a tearjerker. All of the songs in this album are broken ballads, but this one is different. It’s less woe-is-me and more… resigned. Finally, there’s acceptance.

Every song on the album is artfully crafted and infused with raw emotion. There’s drama and exaggeration, but there’s also a dash of realism. This is something understandable; it’s something with which people can relate.

Check out Hoarseman on all social media and music streaming sites. If you happen to be in Tulsa tomorrow (September 26), be sure to stop by the Vanguard to see Hoarseman and the Heard in action.

Introducing Brand New Music From Lunar Division

On Friday, September 13, OKC band Lunar Division released their self-titled debut album.

This four piece rock band from Oklahoma City put out their first full length album last Friday. The album features their single, “In the Dark,” released on August 30. The album marks the entirety of their music catalog, as the band hasn’t been a part of the scene for very long.

Each song from the album is infused with rock influences. Grinding instruments and growling vocals make the genre clear from the start. The songs also contain the well-known themes of rebellion and dissent; lyrics that highlight these themes are prevalent in each song. Topics like feeling caged or moving in the dark make multiple appearances in support of the centering element of dissent.

Ten songs make up the track-list, each one a complement of another. By the end, the album leaves behind a feeling of empowerment; after hearing the sometimes dark, sometimes hopeful feelings of the band, and mixing it with the upbeat rock tones, you can’t help but feel rejuvenated and connected to the band.

Each song combines the telltale rock elements with the distinct personality of the band to form the unique album, Lunar Division. There’s no other description needed – it’s an album you just have to listen to in order to understand.

Lunar Division will be performing at Your Mom’s Place in OKC on Friday, September 27, with Prismatics and Shoulda Been Blonde. Check them out on all social media and music streaming sites, and be sure to listen to their new album.

Foxburrows Releases New Single “Shedding Season”

OKC-based band, Foxburrows, is set to release their newest single, “Shedding Season,” tomorrow, September 13 – proving that not all Friday the 13ths are bad.

“Shedding Season” is the first of four coming from Foxburrows over the next few months. Three more will follow as they release their newest EP in a series of singles.

The song itself is the embodiment of melancholy. With liquid music, notes slipping over blue lyrics, and crooning vocals, the band achieves a sound that is purely sentimental. Every moment of it seems to bathe the listener in emotions, good and bad.

The title, “Shedding Season,” gives the theme away. The song seems to speak of the hardships of change, but there’s also a glimmer of hope that sparkles at the end. It paints a picture of both an end and a beginning.

Every moment of this song is brimming with emotion and imagery. Listening to it is like allowing yourself to feel – and it’s a good thing.

Foxburrows will be celebrating their new single at the Local Tap event on Saturday (September 14) at The Jones Assembly. They also will be performing at Plaza Fest on September 28 and at a Halloween show at Vanessa House Beer Co. on October 26.

Check out the new song when it comes out tomorrow, and be sure to follow Foxburrows on all social media and music streaming sites.

Introducing Tulsa’s Newest Band, Saturdaze

Tulsa has a new band hitting the city, and it’s one with familiar faces. The band, Saturdaze, has played several shows together already – both under this name and as backup for their front-man’s solo project.

Saturdaze began in April of this year. Originally, they came together as backup for front-man Max Spear; however, after playing together, they decided to create a new band that would incorporate their different styles.

Their band name, as unique as it is, didn’t come until July 19. Apparently, each member was just throwing out their ideas, and it was one of the suggestions. Being that it was a lazy mid-summer day, and all of them are huge fans of Saturdays, the name fit.

Their sound is self-described as psychedelic. With varying influences – Max Spears draws from Coldplay, Kyle Broadbooks from Led Zeppelin and jazz music, Ignacio from various 80’s punk bands – (fourth member Noah Roberts was not at the interview) – Saturdaze has yet to track down their specific style. The music tends to take on the persona of whoever happens to be writing it at the time.

Each member has been a part of the Tulsa music scene for some time now. Max has his up-and-coming solo career in piano-driven indie music; Kyle and Noah both sub for several local bands, filling spots on guitar and drums; Ignacio has his project, Wilted.

While none of their music has been recorded, Saturdaze has several hashed out songs that they’ve been working on all summer. rather than focusing on recording the songs, the band has been more interested in booking concerts.

The reason they insist they should master their live performances before they record is because they view the live aspect as the most important. According to them, the live shows are where they’ll gain fans and notoriety – which will, in turn, lead to people actually listening to their songs.

Their stage presence is loose with lots of movement. It isn’t so much as dancing or jumping as it is just moving across the stage. They aren’t afraid to let the music flow through them. This is so that they can constantly keep the attention of their audience.

The band is definitely one to look out for, considering the success of Max Spear’s solo career and the talents of Wilted. Check them out at their first official performance on September 20 at the Vanguard with Alexis Onyango and douglas.