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Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss

Listening to Horse Thief’s previous release — the haphazardly melodramatic Grow Deep, Grow Wild — felt like a chore. Whatever potential the Oklahoma City folk-pop act demonstrated on the EP was obscured behind a formulaic, contrived and ultimately hollow cloud. But it at least offered a glimmer of promise for a band consisting of, frankly, five pretty talented dudes. Critics saw it; the band’s management saw it; its current label, Bella Union, saw it; and its increasingly fervid fan base saw it.
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Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich

There’s always a sense of danger when debuting songs in a live setting and playing them well. Without having heard the studio versions, expectations are set according to the live incarnations. But capturing the breadth of free-flowing atmosphere and sheer volume on a disc, vinyl or digital file isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially for a band as vociferous as Colourmusic.
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Em and the MotherSuperiors — Churches into Theaters

As titles go, Churches into Theaters is an apt descriptor for the debut album from Oklahoma City rockers Em and the MotherSuperiors. It’s a reverential record, one that shares the gospel of classic rock, blues and soul but embraces the need to refashion it for modern times, channeling The Dead Weather, Grace Potter and Cage the Elephant along the way.
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Rachel Brashear — Revolution

Rachel Brashear’s second EP, Revolution, starts with a kick to the shins.
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West to north

After an extended hiatus, local rockers Somerset West return with a new direction, a new purpose and a new attitude.

Joshua Boydston March 9th, 2011

Somerset West with Chase Kerby and Robert Meade
9 p.m. Saturday
VZD’s Restaurant & Club, 4200 N. Western, 524-4203

“Where do we go from here?” was the question Oklahoma City (by way of Northern California) rock band Somerset West faced as it released its debut album, “The Golden Land.”

A full-length disc had always been a goal; it had been since the earliest days when bandleader and guitarist Kyle Lynch lost his brother — and original Somerset West drummer — to a car accident some five years ago. With that goal achieved, no one really knew what to do, and the result was a hiatus of almost an entire year that ends Saturday night at VZD’s.

“I think that my brother was always in the back of everyone’s mind. That was my original goal, really, to write an album as a sort of tribute to him, and maybe that’s a reason why we winded it down as we came to that point,” Lynch said. “We were kind of in a rut, trying to decide what we were going to do.”

Not that finishing an album was the root of all of its problems; Somerset West had released two EPs previously, toured the both coasts and earned a name for itself with a sweaty, earnest, hard alt-rock sound in the vein of Brand New and Manchester Orchestra. It had done all that by conducting itself professionally, not drinking at shows, practicing hard, promoting harder and focusing on playing the best show it could, night in and night out. Although dedication brings a lot, forgetting to have a little fun along the way takes away almost as much.

“Before, it was about being as good as we could possibly be with each show,” Lynch said. “That adds something, but so does being laidback and just enjoying it. We aren’t hustling people to come to shows; the concept is, don’t come because it’s something to do, come because you want to hear the music.”

We were kind of in a rut.

—Kyle Lynch

The break helped regain a little focus, and Lynch still helps write the tunes; his focus has shifted away from his brother’s passing to a new place, although he’s not quite sure where that is just yet. What he does know is that everything is pointed in the right direction.

“It wasn’t some entity; it was a hobby, more fun than business. But to be a successful band, you have to have that business outlook, and we sometimes lost the fun part,” he said. “This time around, it feels like we are back to that, just doing what we want to do, despite everything else.”

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