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Lone Star Sounds: Sun City glows on its debut LP

Posted 8:40am on Thursday, Sep. 12, 2013

New bands are the lifeblood of any music scene.

While established acts are what can help draw attention to a city’s stages and sounds, it’s the little-known musicians who sneak in and surprise listeners, infusing vitality and generating excitement.

Here are two new releases from bands that are just beginning to make a lot of noise.

Sun City, self-titled

For a band so enamored with old-school techniques — this debut was recorded, by Casey Di Iorio, on analog tape at Dallas’ Valve Studios — this Fort Worth trio has a decidedly digital origin. In 2011, singer-songwriter Chad Johnson was surfing Craigslist’s “musicians available” section when he stumbled across an ad from bassist Brian Whaley and drummer Kevin Geist searching for a band. Two years later, the group has finished its appealing, self-titled freshman effort, a sun-blasted blend of country, rock and jangled folk, drizzled with some electronic frippery, evoking Sun City’s acknowledged influences ( Grandaddy, Wilco and the Beatles, among others). There’s an ease and melodic deftness, evident from opener Theory of Relativity through to the Daydream finale, marking Sun City as one of the more promising new bands in DFW. Put it another way: This Sun is on the rise.

Online: suncitymusic.bandcamp.com

The Continuums, ‘Keep Rising’

These days, the Continuums call Austin home, but three of its four members (brothers Morgan and Austin Ries and Barrett Boswell) hail from Weatherford, while Cameron Goolsby claims Dallas. Geography aside, Keep Rising is a rip-snorting six-pack of straight-ahead rock, dusted with feedback and pulsing with a reckless attitude. (Try to listen to Neighbors and not feel an urge to break windows and instigate general mayhem.) The quartet is adept at crafting anthems, as well: I’ll Be There conjures images of a stadium full of lighters held aloft. This sophomore EP is full of promise, and marks the Continuums as well worth keeping tabs on. The band plays Dallas’ Prophet Bar on Tuesday.

Online: www.facebook.com/thecontinuums

Preston Jones, 817-390-7713 Twitter: @prestonjones

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