Much has been made of local stalwarts, The Wheeler Brothers from the popularity of their debut album, "Portraits" to their six Austin Music Awards (including Best New Band) last year to an appearance at last summer's, Austin City Limits Festival. Saturday, the band performed at Emo's to celebrate the release of their sophomore effort, "Gold Boots Glitter" and appropriately, Texas Independence Day. The much-anticipated CD release indeed glittered like gold.
Admiration for the promising Austin act has turned into larger expectations after the band delivered incrementally better live performances over the past two years. With acclaimed local songwriter, Drew Smith producing the new album for Ray Benson's Bismeaux Records label, The Wheelers reach new heights with catchy song, "Straight and Steady" and raucous, "Sleep When I'm Dead". We first heard the latter last summer when The Wheelers headlined the RED, WHITE and BLUE BALL, Fourth of July weekend. We liked the song then and it has improved with time and the recording sessions with Smith. The new album officially goes on sale April 2.
The Wheelers kicked off the show with the crowd-pleasing "Sleep When I'm Dead" and single, "Straight and Steady" from the new album before shifting to material from "Portraits". When the band played title track, "Gold Boots Glitter" confetti cannons blasted the packed Emo's crowd. Another highlight was the segue from Portraits into the Jackson Five's 'I Want You Back". It was a nice twist on the band's best-known song. "I've Been Around" sounds like a radio hit, with a pleasing harmonizing intro and outro, Nolan Wheeler's powerful vocals and the driving bass line. Giant gold balls were sent into the crowd during the song. The set ended with the "My Time" from the new album. The band covered, Rolling Stones song, "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" for the encore.
Be sure to check out photos from the show by clicking the slideshow above. Check out live video from the Wheelers' Do512 Lounge Session at the bottom of the page.
Intro to sleep-
Sleep when I'm dead
Straight and steady
You got a lot of love
Under a bridge
Struggle with it all you like
Just another city
Gold boots Glitter-
(blast round one of confetti cannon for outro jam)
Portraits---> j5 "I want you back"
I've been around (golden beach balls in crowd)
(Blast round two of confetti cannon at last instrumental pass)
-La da's and off stage
Rolling Stones- can't you hear me knocking
Home for the holidays
We are not the only ones impressed. The following was posted in response to an image we posted from the show on Twitter:
What did you think about the new songs? For me, their sound is one of the best I've heard. I think this band is one to watch.
-Layne Lauritzen (@AustinMusicCPA)
We agree, the new songs sound great and The Wheeler Brothers seem destined to attract more fans across the country. Adrian Grenier (Entourage) is a big fan of the band and had them on Last Call with Carson Daly recently. Watch the video here. Grenier thought so much of the band, he posted their songs on his Wreck Room Records website landing page.
The Wheelers continue their tour on March 7 in New Orleans, then head to Dallas and San Antonio before returning to Austin for South by Southwest (SXSW) where they will play an official showcase date on March 16 at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. They have also been selected to play with The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile and Dr. Dog at Sommerset Amphitheater in Wisconsin, June 29th. The Avetts and Wheelers sold-out 5,600 seat Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels last summer.
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