We're chiming in before the month ends with 3 Songs, our monthly column featuring three recently released tunes from local artists that we've been digging lately. Read on to get a quick glimpse into the current state of the Denton music scene. This month we hear from the likes of Wiving, Final Club and a new one from Chambers. We dig 'em. Hope y'all do, too.
Oh man. We are so digging this new Chambers tune. How great is it when bands emerge from a songwriting cocoon and live up to the hype they built up with their early releases? "Inner Room" delivers on all of the things that excited folk about Chambers last year. The song trajectories have improved, the vocal melodies are spot on, and there's that damned-good deafening curl of a peak at the end. Not only that, but this is also the most instantly accessible song Chambers has released. They've found a way to harness their cinematic soundscapes into traditional song structures and we're excited to hear the rest of their album when it drops June 10th.
What?! Final Club is back? Do y'all remember Final Club? These dudes are awesome. We actually went to their house once for an interview in like 2009, but never finished it. Maybe we should get back on that... We're very happy to see that they're still around. Not only that, but they, just like Chambers, have grown as songwriters since we last heard from them. Their new single, "Tread," finds Final Club embracing rhythm and seemingly having misplaced their distortion pedals (or at least turned them down) and somehow that's not a bad thing at all. There's enough rhythm and melody here that we'd drop that Hot Snakes comparison they used to get and replace it with a Gang of Four.
Wiving has the tag #GothicLez on their Soundcloud page and that makes us more happy than probably anything else could today. This duo featuring Heather and Liz Larsen is heavy on the synths and the goth and really making us wish it was October again already. Haunting vocals, searingly cinematical synth arrangements, and a slinky-as-heck bass line make this demo version of their tune, "Bodytalk," sound like it could be right out of the intro credits scene of an 80's horror movie - but specifically a good one. Isn't that just about what we should expect from Liz Larsen considering her history with late-Denton-greats, The Undoing of David Wright and Strange Towers (is that still a thing?).