LOST X LOST WEST: STAR PARKS

Austin-based band Star Parks, originally a solo project, frontrunner Andy Bianculli has grown Star Parks into an elaborate nine-piece mini orchestra. They boast a rich and soulful pop production, with a trombone, trumpet and vibraphone rounding out the usual guitar, bass, drums and keys. Star Parks tends to bleed into the melancholy; their lush and upbeat arrangements disguise often cynical lyrics. Their sophomore album, The New Sounds of Late Capitalism further dives into this concept, discussing themes of alienation and disappointment. The substantial lyrics add yet another layer to an already textured and expansive sound that draws from the group’s large pool of talent. — Annie Lyons, KUTX Intern

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Star Parks full lineup made up of Andy Bianculli, Nathaniel Klugman, Sam Pankey, Andy Beaudoin, Sam Howden, Derek Phelps, Wayne Myers, Keith Lough, Jason Frey, and Carolyn Trowbridge. 

LOST X LOST WEST: FRIDAY BOYS

Friday Boys is the absurdist post-punk duo of songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist Scott Friday paired with the hyperactive textures of drummer Balin Friday. Together the two create a fuzzed-out, sharp-witted brew all their own, with notes of the 70’s New York avant-garde and the raw Detroit garage rock of the 90’s.

LOST X LOST WEST: Joseph Salazar

Austin musicians respond to the cancellation of SXSW by recording new music during the quarantine of 2020.

Joseph Salazar is an Austin musician in two bands: Technicolor Hearts and Spectrabeam. Halcyon Eon is a glimpse into his solo works.

LOST X LOST WEST: THE LIVING ROOMERS

The living roomers just put hot coals in your socks when you weren’t looking. Snuck into your bones with elemental uncertainty. They are radiating harmonies and thumping rhythm and good vibes. You’re nowhere but right here right now. TLR is made up of Truman Flyer, Jacko Ricko, Alison Berry, and Lily Dale. They hail from mid-city Los Angeles, between downtown and the beach. Their music is born of that dialectical aura, giving ground and air to what so many find disorienting in the middle of this beast of a city. A lost generation is rising from the ash pile of online identities, confused and asking “is this it?”. What feels good and what is important? Is there Morality, anything absolute in a time when subjectivity rules? Is there somethings which can bring us all together or are we bound only by each of our unique and interconnected webs? Where every voice has a platform on which to speak, will we continuously be divided until warring factions become clear, will we be lost among the current of too many tides, or will the forces of connection and love overpower the rest? TLR is working on the side of love and truth. That through our differences there are some things which bring some of us together and some thing that brings us all together.  

LOST X LOST WEST: DRIFTING PIXELS

Drifting Pixels is Danny Piccuirro (Songwriter/Producer/Drummer) out of Austin Texas. Drifting Pixels is Danny’s first self-titled solo album. Hailing from New Jersey and graduating from Boston’s Berklee College of Music in 2010, Danny began circulating the Austin music scene, performing with such bands as Glares, The Heavenly States, The Lovely Sparrows, Zettajoule, Knife in the Water, and Warm Sugar. This debut EP is an invitation to self-reflection and to question modern values. These songs come from a place of hope for a less polarized political and social structure, and to inspire people to create the reality we all know we deserve. Call it optimism. Call it idealism. Call it Drifting Pixels.

Austin musicians respond to the cancellation of SXSW by recording new music during the quarantine of 2020.

LOST X LOST WEST: LADYFANG

The four-piece claims “chaos pop-rock” as their genre, whipping up a heavy maelstrom of funk, folk, indie, alternative and above all – high octane rock. Ladyfang’s got no trouble biting through any predictable genre formula, and with Cara Juan’s uncouth lyrics and unabashed delivery on top, it’s a truly energizing, off-the-wall set of sounds. – KUTX 98.9

Austin musicians respond to the cancellation of SXSW by recording new music during the quarantine of 2020.