Monday, October 31, 2011

FunFunFunFest Preview: TV Torso

Can you believe FunFunFun Fest starts this Friday? It seems like only yesterday we were all chillin' in that room watching the line-up announcement roll-out. You've got a few days of work and then it's time to get silly down at Auditorium Shores. If you didn't get your tickets in time for them to be shipped to your house, you can pick them up as early as 6pm Wednesday night over at Club De Ville. That's probably a good time to grab your wristband since you can still park downtown on Wednesdays without feeding the emeff parking meters.

Today, I want to encourage you to arrive at Fun Fest when the gates open on Friday because one of my favorite Austin bands is kicking things off on the Orange stage at 12:30pm. I don't know if you're going to have to call in sick at work or just not show-up at all but you best get on the bus and get your ass to the park in time for TV Torso. So far, they've released two 7" singles and one long EP. The EP is available in the name your own price model via the band's bandcamp page but I encourage you to grab a physical 12" at End of an Ear. I saw it there the other day for less than $15.

If you have never seen TV Torso perform live then you are certainly in for a treat. Band leader Matt Oliver is an audiophile with a love for actual tape and this love for that nostalgic sound translates perfectly to the live experience. Their songs are tightly arranged, and have an instantly classic sound. The band sounds like a collective of studio-hands whose love for the music pours from the amplifiers. I can think of no one better to kick-off your FunFunFun Festival weekend than TV Torso.

TV Torso - The Black Mask video via YouTube