Second time’s a charm
The Daddyo’s, “Smother Your Brother”
After a stunning debut with last year’s “It’s A Tough World Out There for A Lonely Girl,” Tulsa shoegazers The Daddyo’s return with a stellar follow-up record, “Smother Your Brother.”
It’s amazing how quickly this talented group has matured in the relatively short amount of time between its albums. You can hear it from the album’s outset with “Damsels,” a short-but-sweet girl power anthem, highlighted by jangly guitars, rattles of tambourine and frontwomen Kylie Slabby and Kylie Hastings’ laid-back vocals.
“Just because I’m a girl, doesn’t mean I need your help. / Just because I let you help, doesn’t mean I like you,” the Kylies sing on that opening track, and those two sentences make up more than half the song’s total lyrics. It’s simple, direct, full of attitude and — combined with the melody’s pop hook — undeniably catchy.
“Smother Your Brother” also benefits from having a more fleshed-out, full-band sound with Allen Martin on guitar and drums. Mike Gilliland handled production duties. Stepping away from the more stripped-down sound of its debut, the band’s new record is a shade darker, grungier and, at times, angrier. Just give a listen to the album’s most raucous track, “Taco Spaceship.”
“I just want to let you know you SUCK!” the women shout, condemning an unnamed thief for stealing their idea for a cosmic craft made from a staple of Mexican cuisine.
The song’s subject matter is obviously hilarious, but the tone of the track indicates it might not be about a taco spaceship after all. It’s this juxtaposition of grit, blasé attitude and just a pinch of humor that make The Daddyo’s so fun.
“Smother Your Brother” is exactly what you want in a sophomore album: It’s doesn’t change the core of what made the band’s debut great, but it builds on it and expands to new territory.
The Bourgeois, “We’re Still in the Gutter, But Some of Us Are Looking at the Stars”
The new release from Tulsa alt-rockers The Bourgeois is a reissue of its debut EP, “We’re All in the Gutter, But Some of Us Are Looking at the Stars.” The re-release not only includes the band’s favorite selections from the original EP, but also highlights from its “Whenever I’m with You” single and three new tracks, including a cover of Lorde’s hit song “Royals.”
The trio, comprised of Zach Mobley on guitar and vocals, Ty Clark on drums and Shawn Kintz on bass, kicks off the record with a hard-hitting new track, “Smoke and Mirrors.”
The song is a raw, rough-and-tumble punk rocker that feels a little less polished than some of their earlier work, and that’s a compliment. It’s the sound of a band finding its own voice and making music that represents what it’s truly about. It shows the players don’t mind getting their hands dirty and venturing into uncharted territory.
The other two new tracks, “No Remorse” and “Electric Shock Value,” have a little more production sheen, but the sound is still distinctly The Bourgeois’.
Ultimately, the new album serves as a fitting introduction to the band by showcasing where it came from with Smashing Pumpkins-inspired songs like “Be Your Own Machine” and “Mi Amor.” It presents The Bourgeois’ musical transformation into a self-realized unit with a unique vision.
February’s best bets for live music
2/7 Alice Cooper, Brady Theater Fans will be treated to a selection of scorching hits from The Godfather of Shock Rock’s five-decade career, as well as covers from some of music’s greats, including John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison. The show starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30.
2/11 That 1 Guy, The Vanguard You haven’t seen a concert quite like the shows Mike Silverman puts on under his That 1 Guy moniker. Rather than playing a traditional solo instrument, Silverman uses his own creation: The Magic Pipe, a 7-foot-tall contraption made from electronically rigged aluminum pipes, bronze joints and two orchestral bass strings. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7.