Austin indie band Language Room appeared on stage at Stubb's BBQ Thursday for the first time since entering the studio to record their second full-length album. Seeing the band perform again cemented our belief that these guys may be headed for a breakout year. Three new songs were included in the set list that also featured their catchy tune, "Open Air (All I Ever Got from Love)". Lead singer Todd Sapio seemed pleased with the new material telling the crowd the five new songs completed so far was some of the group's best work. After listening to the tracks performed this week we are eagerly anticipating the release of the album.
What sets Language Room apart from other indie acts is exceptional songwriting and craftsmanship. Their recordings are accessible with hooks that take hold of the listener while keeping their indie-rock cool. One of the reasons we think the band has such a big future is their sound is sophisticated enough to gain approval from hipsters while retaining the accessibility needed to attract the more casual music fan. Simply put, Language Room makes good music that listeners can dig into.
The band reentered the studio this summer with Matt Novesky (Blue October) after successfully completing a PledgeMusic campaign. Fans can still participate by donating. Now that their goal has been reached, 20 percent of the funds raised will be donated to the Trevor Project. Novesky also produced previous Language Room releases, "One to One" (2009) and "Language Room" (2010). The latter was a Pazzo Music label release that featured most of the tracks from the previous album. The act was cited by the Austin Chronicle as the first band in Austin to successfully fund a Kickstarter campaign.
Language Room was formed when Sapio and guitarist Scott Graham who knew each other in Los Angeles reconnected in 2007 at South by Southwest. Both had already moved to Austin and began working together. The duo added Graham's brother Matt on bass. The act's current drummer is Sean Hill.
Fans in Texas will have an opportunity to catch the band before they finish recording the album. The band is slated to perform in San Antonio at 502 Bar on September 20 and Hailey's in Denton on November 2.