Kodachrome

Kodachrome

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandRockAlternative

Lush arrangements, driving beats, layers of vibraphone, organ, omnichord and guitar mix with honeyed female vocals to produce a sound which gives a nod to the bright French ye-ye paired with haunting electronica and shoegaze.

Biography

These ethereal Austin, TX natives officially formed January 2009 after their producer, Erik Wofford (The Black Angels, Explosions in the Sky, Bill Callahan), stepped out from behind the mixing board and joined founding members John and Samantha Constant. Lush arrangements, driving beats, layers of vibraphone, organ, omnichord and guitar mix with honeyed female vocals to produce a sound which gives a nod to the bright French yé-yé paired with haunting electronica and shoegaze. Over the course of supporting their first two records, the band became known for cinematic soundscapes and psychedelic audio-visual live performances, culminating in being voted Top 10 Best New Bands of 2011 in the Austin Music Awards / Austin Chronicle, winning the silver at Park City Music Fest for Best Impact of music in a documentary and subsequently releasing 2013's Road To The Stars (Interference), a group of instrumental tracks with theremin highlights performed by Yvonne Lambert (The Octopus Project). The tracks merge indie space pop, the electronic elegance of the theremin, and string / horn arrangements which pay homage to Ennio Morricone's Spaghetti-Western genre to create futuristic frontier landscapes.

Building more breadth and depth into their new-retro Spaghetti-Western sound the group spent the better part of 2014 completing the next feature film soundtrack, 16 ghostly songs by John Constant for Red on Yella, Kill a Fella, a dark western set in early 1900's Texas. Following in their soundtrack tradition, producer Erik Wofford brought in many of Austin's most impactful musicians to his studio Cacophony Recorders. Featured vocalizations by Aaron Behrens (Ghostland Observatory), guitars from Nic Armstrong (Nic Armstrong and the Thieves) and Jesse Ebaugh (The Heartless Bastards), drumming from Billy Potts (The Black and White Years), and eerie strings from Leigh Mahoney and Tracy Seager (Tosca String Quartet) make for a dynamic and sometimes cryptic sound conjuring images of a mystic, psychedelic Texas landscape. The film and soundtrack are due for release in 2015.

The band is now returning to their indie-noise-pop roots completing their 3rd record, a psych-drone plane layered with the luscious melodies of Samantha Constant. This recording represents the sound and song that the band has strived for incorporating new members from film endeavors. 

FOR PRESS CONTACT:
John Constant
jc@houseofconstant.com

Lyrics

Sunshine

Written By: Samantha and John Constant

I am just a picture filling movie frames of you
A static image in your lie of life, of love, and truth
Because, baby, you're a vampire but it doesn't get you down.
Hey, hey, you're living by your alibi.

I am the shutter in the lens that will expose you in the end.
The flash of light to show you where you stop and I begin
Because, baby, you're a vampire but it doesn't get you down.
Hey, hey, you're living by your alibi.

Oh, oh, oh, you think that you should be a star
Oh, oh, oh, but you're the breaks that crashed the car
Because, baby, you're a vampire but it doesn't get you down.
Hey, hey, hey, hey, you're living by your alibi.

Because, baby, you're a vampire but it never gets you down.
Hey, hey, hey, hey, you're living by your alibi.

And She Says

Written By: Samantha Constant

As a temple, my generation has been destroyed.
My generation, as a temple has been destroyed.
And nothing can repair the damage done."

And when she woke she didn't know you
And wondered where things had gone wrong.
Taught to listen and taught in her position,
She had the world laid at her feet.

"As a temple, my generation has been destroyed.
My generation, as a temple has been destroyed.
And nothing can repair the damage done."

She turns on the TV, there's nothing to believe in
And wonders why it speaks to her.
She's a market, yeah, she's a target but
Somehow she's glad she'll never be left alone

And she says,
"As a temple, my generation has been destroyed.
My generation, as a temple has been destroyed.
And nothing can repair the damage done.
No, nothing can repair the damage done.

Discography

EP: Road To the Stars
Feb 5, 2013

LP: 10th of Always
Feb 8, 2011

LP: Kodachrome
Nov 3, 2009

Tracks that receive airplay: Tetsu, Sunshine, MRI, She Walks in Beauty, Building a Rocket

Set List

8-13 songs, 30-60 minute sets all original