Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.
The Tequila Songbirds have become just as beloved as about any group around these parts. And how could they not?
Featuring a revolving cast of the Sooner State’s most badass female performers, it’s a power hour of some of the best songwriting coming out of central Oklahoma. Sure, they might not technically be family, but they are clearly a band of sisters all the same, bonded by the same brand of whiskey running through their veins.
"Overproduced" is a term thrown around all too indiscreetly nowadays, usually applied when the thing that sticks out about a song or album is how it sounds rather than how it is constructed. Yet some of the most compelling albums ever crafted embodied a certain aesthetic that was just as skillfully and meticulously put together as any Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record — which is to say production is as crucial to our enjoyment of music as much as anything else; it's also the most overlooked.
Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
Every artist should be the star of their own creative life, which makes Kyle Reid’s steps out of the shadows of the many ensembles and supporting roles he has played in Oklahoma bands over the years to front and center on stage feel like a just journey.
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With just about everything going right for indie rockers Young the Giant, it was only a matter of time before something went wrong. Die-hard Lakers fans comprise the California quintet, including drummer Francois Comtois. “You guys are on fucking fire,” he said. “If it’s not the Lakers, I’m glad it’s OKC. I promise we aren’t haters.”
Thunder fans might recognize Young the Giant’s “Cough Syrup,” which closed each Fox Sports game broadcast, but that’s just one of many big things the band enjoyed this year: a song covered on Glee, performing at the MTV Video Music Awards, opening for Incubus and even gaining an endorsement from Morrissey.
“We grew up playing for, like, 10 or 15 people, and that was the highlight of our week. We never expected anything like this to happen. It’s a surprise every single day,” Comtois said. “To be able to turn that into something we can do as a career is something we feel incredibly fortunate for.”
But only a recent appearance on NBC’s Today finally got the members’ parents abuzz.
“We’ll tell them about
opening for some amazing band or playing this huge festival, and they
are like, ‘Oh, that’s nice,’” Comtois said. “We said we’re playing the Today show, and they lost their shit.”
as The Jakes in 2004, the band changed its name in 2009, and soon
recorded its eponymous debut album with Grammy-winning producer Joe
Chicarelli (The White Stripes, My Morning Jacket).
whipped us into shape,” Comtois said. “I had to get a prescription for
Xanax for [those] two months because I was having panic attacks. It was
intense, but I think we came out with something we were proud of. We are
so happy with it, but at the time, we were terrified.”
traction with singles “My Body” and “Apartment,” Young the Giant has
set its sights on recording its sophomore effort by the New Year.
debut] was scatterbrained at times,” Comtois said. “We are trying to
capture this moment we are in now, embracing those pop sensibilities and
making them a little more subtle. Just trying to mature.”