This Thursday at the 40 Watt, for the official Athfest Kickoff Party, New West Records is bringing our three new young bands, straight out of Houston, TX....Buxton, Wild Moccasins, and Robert Ellis. Collectively, these young guns are at the forefront of the newly re-budding Bayou City music scene. The best rock, pop, and country that H-town has to offer, transplanted to Athens for one night. And let us not forget, the party will be topped off by a late night DJ set/dance party by Immuzikation.
Buxton's music is difficult to put in a box and neatly classify. Great harmonies, haunting melodies, and top notch instrumentation are staples in their set. There are hints of Phosphorescent and Bonnie Prince Billy in Sergio Trevino's vocal inflections. Their forthcoming record (to be released this fall), contains songs that evoke feelings of My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses, and Fleet Foxes. Buxton will begin blowing folks' minds around 10:00 or 10:30 on Thursday.
Wild Moccasins are up next, and their lively, dance-y take on pop-rock will be the perfect formula to keep the party going. Co-fronted by the girlfriend/boyfriend duo of Zahira Gutierrez and Cody Swann, the Mocs will remind you at least a little bit of Vampire Weekend...or maybe what the B-52s were like in their youth. The band will be fresh off the release of their New West debut Skin Collisions Past, which will be available on both CD and vinyl at the show.
Robert Ellis & The Boys are set to bring the house down in the headlining slot. Dust off your boots, but remain prepared to rock as well. And remain prepared to pick your jaw up off the floor a few times after witnessing the musical mastery of Wil's pedal steel solos, along side Robert and Kelly's guitar solos. At only 22, Robert may be a modern day Gram Parsons in the making...come see for yourselves on Thursday. And keep your eyes peeled for Robert's upcoming album, Photographs, which comes out 7/5.