The Always Already

The Always Already


The Always Already bring a unique, dance-able brand of indie-rock to the table with pop sensibilites, huge energy, and synths galore. No stage can contain them, no audience can resist them.


In late 2004, friends Jaime Cano and Dustin Withers were set on forming a band armed with little else than an ancient laptop and a two-octave Casio keyboard and love of both dance beats and indie rock. They showed a few of their songs to their friends, playing tinny beats, hammering out keyboard riffs, and singing with impassioned vocals which at the time came out as perhaps a bit inappropriate. Determined to make this music work, the two were already calling themselves a band and were ready for step one.

Over the next few months, the two auditioned some guitar players, got a rehearsal space and P.A., and began playing with a full kit, where the energetic vocals seemed more at home. They called upon Adam Hilton, whose stage presence they had seen with his previous bands, to cement the sound a little more with guitar, another keyboard, and a second set of vocals. Together the three fully worked out a few songs in the cold of their rehearsals space. Springtime saw the addition Frank Edwards on bass, and with his suggestion of the name The Always Already, the band was properly christened.

Not ones to sit on their heels, these four Austinites immediately began plans for potential gigs and an EP, despite the fact that they had only a handful of songs. The band were nonetheless able to elicit an avid response to their six song set at their first gig, and within two weeks they entered the studio to record their eponymous debut EP. After a summer of working up more songs and preparing for the release of their recording, The Always Already quickly sold out of their initial pressing and met head-on a nascent yet avid fanbase. The remainder of the year saw a slew of shows with increasing crowds that were able to garner them a Best New Local Act nod from the Austin Chronicle 2005 Critics poll in just these few months.

It may seem that only the Casio keyboard is the only surviving staple of their initial formation, but The Always Already remain true to their inspirations as they continue to grow their audience with shows throughout the region. Their mix of new wave dance-pop sensibilities and post-punk energy belie their record collections, where The Cure and At The Drive In sit comfortably side by side.

With a new EP in the works, a national press promo blitz pending, national tours looming, and a full-length album on the horizons of the coming year, The Always Already are poised to become the next bunch of Texas kids to take over the indie rock scene.


Warning Sign

Written By: Adam Hilton

I know logistically you're right
Speaking realistically, I'm trite
But making sure I'm heard
I'd off you a word or five
But not a sound to complement your plight

Drips from affectionate I.V.s
And every feigned reciprocity
Sum totals of the interest you've accrued
From sordid stories whose audience would rather watch TV

You're well-adept at taking orders
And mystified defining borders
I don't care what the other girls wear,
But with you, I wish that I were blind

Don't take this as a warning sign
Before you I was doing fine
It's nothing personal
I'm just much more versatile than
Parents or horoscopic signs

I don't see why you'd listen to me if a portion of you wasn't doing fine

I don't contain resolve or restraint
Like efforts of your patent past
The effects of which are going to last
As long as you can hold your breath

So don't complain!
Attention just attains
The emptiest of houses and a trail of would-be spouses
Who let you hold your breath

Don't hold your breath


The Always Already (EP) - 2005

Set List

Our set currently runs about 45 minutes and usually includes one of two covers (Gang of Four's "Damaged Goods" and Mission of Burma's "Academy Fight Song"). Future covers are likely to include songs from artists such as The Cure and Talking Heads. Original songs follow:

I Am Electric
My Proposal
Grey Day Killers
Warning Sign
Take Me In
Maybe It's Geography