Thursday, February 18, 2010

Spotlight: In Situ Sound, Hydra Melody at Mi Casa

On Saturday night, I'll be at Mi Casa for an alternative-progressive indie showcase hosted by Austin Vida. Chances are you haven't heard of Mi Casa, and that's fine. It's a new venue (less than a year old) and it's on Sixth Street (between Dirty Dog and Coyote Ugly, a block west of Red River). But don't hold its drunken-frat-boy location against Mi Casa. Like a Red River venue, Mi Casa is for people who like good music. This venue's actually booking some really good shows. Case-in-point: In Situ Sound and Hydra Melody this Saturday night.

If you like bands like Minus The Bear, Dredg, Cursive, Glassjaw or The Dear Hunter, this is the show for you—two bands who bring the heavy yet melodic riffs and introspective, open-book lyrics of the aforementioned bands.

I conducted a short Q&A with In Situ Sound via email. They play at 10:30, so be sure to get there early for music and 50-cent well drinks 'til 11. Here's the Facebook event page.

How long has In Situ Sound been a band?

We've been a band for about three years now but we took a break about two years ago. We came back and added an extra guitarist last February and it's full steam ahead now.
Y'all are from the Valley. There seems to be a lot of young, talented indie bands coming from the Valley right now. Why do you think that is?

We aren't all from the Valley, just three out of the five members. There's not much to down there to keep yourself busy besides maybe music and a few other things. As for the sound that's coming out of there, we're not experts on the reasons, but maybe it has something to do with the lack of indie exposure through media outlets there. A lot of kids are just looking for something that sounds different from standard rock or Tejano.
What has been your favorite gig to play as a band, and what made it your favorite?

Probably the Mohawk. It was Free Week so there were tons of people there, definitely a great crowd to play for. And we opened for our friends Obsolete Machines who also has a great sound going. Also playing the Free Week finale at Red 7 outside in 30 degree weather was fun.
If you could open on a national tour for any band (past or present), who would it be and why?

That's a tough one, either Minus the Bear or Dredg. Both are moderately well known bands, we're not talking arena shows here, but they get good crowds and both are just starting to breakthrough onto the next level of popularity. Not to mention their some of our favorite bands and definitely and influence on the music so it'd probably be a pretty good show.
What can people expect from your upcoming show at Mi Casa?

Good Tejano music. Just kidding. They can expect a couple of new songs for starters, but also a powerful sound that can go from smooth to explosive and back again.

For more on  the second band on the bill, Hydra Melody, read this interview at Austin Vida. Below is an entertaining Hydra Melody tour video.

File Under: In Situ Sound, Hydra Melody, show spotlight