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:

Have an opinion on Lookouts and their new music? Want to tell us about your favorite local musician/band? Comment below or email us at starcatchermagazine@gmail.com!

Advertisements

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.

Star Catcher Summer Send-Off

Summer 2019 was a busy one for Oklahoma musicians. In our Mid-Year Update, we shared some of the amazing things these artists were working on in the beginning of the year through the beginning of the summer. Since summer is officially over today, September 23, here’s how it ended:

July 2019

  • Kat Lock brought us the wonderful EP that was You Again on July 12.
  • Lately. put out their debut single “Shaky” on July 12. Tulsa-based magazine, Variance, premiered it on July 15, giving the band some extra buzz.
  • Poolboy released their single, “Players Club,” on July 18, just over a month after their self-titled album dropped. The song (and album) earned them a spot on the Make Oklahoma Weirder favorites list.
  • One Two Ten unveiled “Heathers” on July 26 and premiered it at Hollywood Corners in Norman the next night. (Check out pictures from the show in our gallery.)
  • Westering debuted their self titled EP on July 27. What began as a side-project for the members quickly hastened into the main act with this release – the band has spent the last couple of months promoting their music at a smattering of performances.
  • Hoarseman gave us Notre Dame is Burning on July 31, only a couple of months after their previous album, Annihilation. The speed at which the new album was produced did nothing to diminish the excellence of the release.

August 2019

  • Hookup started off August on a high note with the release of their single, “In the Morning” on August 2.
  • The Odyssey book-ended their summer season on August 9 with “Fresh Air.” The band headlined at the Vanguard that night with Hoarseman and the Heard, Jaguarandi, and McAllister; the show, in the words of the masses, “slap[ped] way too hard to not to be mentioned.” (Check out pictures of the performance in our gallery.)
  • Free Association unveiled the self-titled album they had in the works for about a year on August 16.
  • Weston Horn and the Hush released their second album, Vol. II: Don’t Give Up on August 17, further solidifying their spot as a Tulsa favorite.
  • Brooding and Ben Quad made a two-song split called Forever on August 20.
  • Lately. put out their second single, “Feels Real Nice,” on August 22. This summer-soaked song caught the attention of Variance Magazine once again, and a review of it was posted on September 17.
  • Husbands brought us their track, “Mexico,” on August 27. The first single off of their upcoming second EP, the song gave us serious vacation vibes.

September 2019

  • Foxburrows premiered their single, “Shedding Season,” on Friday, September 13. Their performance the next night at The Jones Assembly provided the perfect platform for celebrating the song.
  • Lunar Division launched their self-titled debut album on Friday, September 13. The album featured their previously released single, “In the Dark,” as well as nine other jams.
  • On Holiday dropped their newest single, “Arizona,” on Friday, September 13. Despite the band’s absence from Oklahoma while on tour, On Holiday got to celebrate their song in their home city on September 22 at 89th Street with a stacked lineup.
  • Shoulda Been Blonde released their album, Worth, on Sunday, September 15, after playing at the much-loved MisFest in Tulsa.
  • The Shelter People gave us new music on September 19. Their release of “My Darling Girl/Smokestack Lightnin'” features the blues rock elements the band is known for – and the action of putting out this new single excited many Tulsa fans who had believed the band to be discontinued.
  • Alexis Onyango had us dancing to “Skin Off My Back” on September 20. She threw a release party that night at the Vanguard to celebrate with Saturdaze, Graveyard Party, and douglas.
  • Florence Rose put out their single, “Same Friends,” on September 20. An intense techno-pop track bemoaning the trials of staying friends with your ex, “Same Friends” shares a similar energy with their popular self-titled debut album that was published on April 26 this year.
  • The Sweet Talkers‘ single, “Mixed Signals,” officially graced our ears on September 21. Later that night, the band celebrated it at their release show featuring The Odyssey at The Paramount Room in OKC.

Do you have a favorite that didn’t make our radar? Let us know! Comment below or send an email to starcatchermagazine@gmail.com.

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.



Free Association Debuts Their Self-Titled Album

Free Association is a new-ish rock band from Tulsa that began in January 2018. The band formed as an outlet for songs Joshua Ricks had written and grew from there with the addition of the rest of the band.

The name “free association” was picked because it emulates the freedom and lack of instruction in their songwriting. Rather than simply playing the song how it was originally imagined by one member, the layout is introduced and each member adds their own spin.

“I like to just play what I have written and let everyone in the group run with the feelings or impression the song left with them,” says Ricks.

“It [is] incredibly beautiful to see everyone in the group interpret the emotional message and feeling of each song and express that back in their own way.”

Free Association started recording their first album in August of last year, which they finished by the end of September. However, fans still had awhile to wait before any of the songs were ready to stream. It wasn’t until last month that the band officially shared their music on streaming sites.

The first song the band released off the album that unveiled today (August 16) was “Old Man” on July 1st. It was followed shortly after by “Circles” on July 26th. According to Ricks, the singles were chosen for their upbeat sound and ABAB format.

The record itself is apparently a collection of songs that don’t have a traditional format and blend between genres. The first description given to me was “retro psychedelic rock vibe” – a spot on description, in my opinion.

The first on the list is “Groovy Blue.” A light song, “Groovy Blue” comes across as positive and upbeat. The beat is steady and repetitive, the lyrics are relaxed and positive; every instinct while listening is to sway and “groove” along.

Next up is the previously released “Old Man.” Though this one continues a similar sound, the vibe is much different. Rather than coming across as relaxed and upbeat, the song sounds like it just came out of an old-time-y mystery film.

“Hurricanes and Floods” is third on the tracklist. Anxiety is at its highest with this song as the music flutters through, lyrics denoting a blue tale. However, the tone shifts about halfway through this almost-six-minute song from nervous to something akin to resignation.

The next six songs follow similar styles and themes. Each song is carefully crafted. By blending styles, the band achieves a dreamy sound – the kind of sound that lulls you into feelings, good and bad. Whether it’s the slower “First Friday” or the foot-tapping “Omniscient,” there’s a song for everyone in this album.

As if the songs themselves don’t span different styles,”Circles,” “Six Long Years,” and “Loving You” all feature a female singer in stark contrast to the other male-fronted songs. It’s a testament to their “free association” that different vocalists take lead in different songs; each member of the band gets to do their take.

Check out Free Association on all social media and music streaming sites and make sure to listen to their debut album below: