Lemme take that ride with you"
- Second Lovers
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, or more accurately, underwhelmed and maybe a little insulted by a musical environment where former teen idols frolic in the absurd in an attempt to be taken seriously and gain a seat at the adult table, don’t give up and turn your back on music entirely.
Sometimes it seems like wall to wall, post-teen idol hijinks, like the reverse coy girl getting too familiar with the demolition equipment or the always popular removal of public urination from one’s bucket list - publicly, of course. With shenanigans like these ravenously devoured by the commercial music industry, the mainstream news (yes that says “news”) and the entertainment media, it’s a wonder clearer, more genuine voices still exist in such a substance-hostile environment. It’s even more amazing these voices can still be heard above the pop music mayhem.
If you tune out the ridiculous masquerading as art and creativity and you listen carefully, you can hear the voices of sincerity rising up above the absurdity.
Find your voice
Many times, these voices of authenticity are closer to home, both musically and geographically to where you find yourself. Second Lovers is one of these bands, within reach, raising the voice of sincerity above the clamor of pop-music dishonesty and chaos.
Second Lovers, (Nicolas Morales - vocals and guitar, Bryan Hoff - drums and harmonica, Matt Lopez - bass, Thomas Truver - guitar and John “Butch Rambo” Maxwell - banjo, mandolin and percussion) is a Houston-based Americana/folk/country rock revival band whose name was inspired by the tune “Second Lover’s Song” by Townes Van Zandt.
Second Lovers chose their name as a way of paying tribute to Van Zandt, another Texas singer/songwriter and voice of authenticity, and they've made it their goal to play that musical honesty forward.
Honesty is the best policy
You can hear this honesty in the music of Second Lovers, including in the title song from their latest EP “New Mexico.” The title track was collaboratively written by all of the members of the band one evening as they were nearing the end of a practice session. They played it for several more hours until they got the sound they wanted. The final result is the tune from the EP that takes you by the hand and takes you on a ride to that place you want to be, far away from the noise of everyday life.
During the songwriting process, guitarist Thomas Truver suggested the title for the tune based off the place where he had one of his happiest memories, and the song was built around the title. Click here to listen to an acoustic performance of “New Mexico.”
“There is no greater feeling than to stand on stage playing the music that comes from your heart and see it get a positive reception from the audience. We like to keep our music simple and honest; we take a great deal of pride in that.”
In pursuit of this honesty, Second Lovers is determined to make music they love.
Share the love
As Truver points out, since they'll be playing these songs repeatedly for audiences to hear, “it only makes sense to play something you love. When you love the music, you have fun sharing it with others.”
To add to the fun for both the band and the audience, Second Lovers often shakes things up by inviting other musicians to perform with the band. Additionally, because all of the members of Second Lovers are multi-instrumental, they often play out of their comfort zone instrumentally to add something different and fresh to the performances and to enhance the concert experience for everyone involved.
You can share in this enhanced experience on October 19, at Fitzgerald’s when Second Lovers will be playing with Yello Echo, Matt Harlan and Emily Wolfe, where they'll raise their voice of honesty to be heard above all the pop music racket you're usually subjected to.
Second Lovers have a busy schedule ahead, so you'll have ample opportunity to tune out the post teen idol commotion and listen to that voice of musical honesty. On October 4, they'll premiere their music video for “New Mexico” which was shot at St. Arnold's Brewery. Additionally, Second Lovers is currently working on their first new release for 2014 - a collection of acoustic/roots-driven Americana songs. The band is also booking dates around Texas for an acoustic tour showcasing songs from the new album, and they plan to videotape several of the acoustic songs and post them online prior to the CD’s release. If that's not enough to keep you honest, Second Lovers will follow up the acoustic album with the electric rock driven album “Dreamcatcher.”
The voice of sincerity is out there, and it's speaking. All you have to do is listen.
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