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Western Giants

Denton, Texas, United States | SELF

Denton, Texas, United States | SELF
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"Western Giants Play Friday Night House Party"

by Andy Odom

There's a difference between a "House Show" and a "House Party". Generally speaking, a "House Show" is a gathering at one's home where musical acts are present, and where spectators are attentive and gracious to those acts and their performances. A "House Party" is a gathering at one's home centered around noise, mass quantities of alcohol, getting laid, and perhaps rappers from the '80's with funny haircuts. What took place on September 25th was originally billed as a "House Show", but by the time I arrived it has devolved into a "House Party".

The "House Party" in question was being hosted in the back yard of 722 Hickory (now, if you asking yourself if hosting live bands in one's backyard is just asking for the police to make an appearance, the answer is "yes"). Entering the scene was like walking onto the set of a Jennifer Love Hewitt movie. Not the good one where she spent half the time in a leotard; the one that almost single-handedly ruined a perfectly good Replacements song. It was overcrowded. The mob had decided that instead of actually listening to the bands, they would just have to talk over them. Instead of respecting natural lanes of traffic in-between other people while passing through crowds, you were just pushed out of their way. It sucked. But, there was still a reason to stick around.

The soundtrack to this Dionysian display had been pumping since 5:00 that afternoon with numerous local bands, and it had all led up to the Western Giants. They actually commanded quite an audience considering how preoccupied the crowd was. The Western Giants are quickly establishing themselves as an alt-country force in the Denton music scene, and in spite of the scene surrounding them, they turned out a strong performance. The Americana twang and swirling keyboards of their debut E.P. gave way to a more straightforward indie rock feel. The keys work was more reminiscent of "The Bends" era Radiohead, and the bassist's busy runs kept the music fluid and moving. Their live energy left many alt-country conventions behind, with mainly the slower tempos and earnestness remaining. It's evident that this band is still developing, especially as they begin writing and recording new material.

Unfortunately, Western Giants had to cut short their set by one song thanks to the interventions by some uniformed authorities. However, while they were allowed to play, their warm and sincere music provided a perfect soundtrack for what could have been a great autumn evening. If only the crowd allowed it to be.
- Mydentonmusic.com


"western giants//river cry bayou"

By Nathan Smith

Hot off the press, Denton’s own Western Giants have been cool enough to give me a sneak preview of thier upcoming, self-titled, EP. Better suited for a cold, damp day than the heat of summer time, their album cover art is actually a perfect harbinger for what to expect out of their tunes. A favorite track of mine, “River Cry Bayou”, opens with a codeine wail of slide guitar that is nicely paired with frontman, Kennon Talley’s soft and almost effortless vocals. Being consumed in sadness is one thing, realizing that it takes something beautiful to draw that emotion is completely different. What is so wrong with an overcast sky? The Western Giants help us realize, nothing is. - weeklytapedeck.com


Discography

Western Giants - Self-Titled EP (May 2009)
Western Giants - Long Live the Live Long Day (March 2010)
Western Giants - Untitled Full Length (Due out Q1 2011)

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Genre: Rock/Americana
Hometown: Denton, TX
Myspace: www.myspace.com/westerngiants

Started in the fall of 2008, Western Giants have now exploded onto the north Texas music circuit, putting their unique blend of blues, folk and southern charm into the ears of everyone around. Their live show, which is something not to be missed, offers a full force of energy, spontaneous sing alongs from the audience, and a true sincerity that is hard to find in today's saturated industry.

After being together for only three months, the band went into the studio and recorded their debut self titled EP, which was released in May 2009. With it's warm acoustic guitars, subtle slides and blazing guitar solos, their self titled EP offered a perfect soundtrack to a late summer afternoon. Not willing to be ignored, Western Giants hit the road a month after recording in support of their EP. As they toured across Texas they met new friends, made new fans, and discovered you just can't escape Texas heat.

Now, with two EP's under their belt, a full length album on the way, multiple runs through Texas, and their own salsa brand, saying Western Giants has been busy would be an understatement. Since their birth in 2009, Western Giants have been putting their unique blend of blues, rock, and southern charm into the ears of everyone around. Their live show, which is something not to be missed, offers a full force of energy, spontaneous sing alongs from the audience, and a true sincerity that is hard to find in today's saturated industry.

PRESS

The Western Giants are quickly establishing themselves as an alt-country force in the Denton music scene, the Americana twang and swirling keyboards of their debut E.P. gave way to a more straightforward indie rock feel. The keys work was more reminiscent of "The Bends" era Radiohead, and the bassist's busy runs kept the music fluid and moving. Their live energy left many alt-country conventions behind, with mainly the slower tempos and earnestness remaining.

- mydentonmusic.com

"Better suited for a cold, damp day than the heat of summer time, their album cover art is actually a perfect harbinger for what to expect out of their tunes. A favorite track of mine, “River Cry Bayou”, opens with a codeine wail of slide guitar that is nicely paired with frontman, Kennon Talley’s soft and almost effortless vocals. Being consumed in sadness is one thing, realizing that it takes something beautiful to draw that emotion is completely different. What is so wrong with an overcast sky? The Western Giants help us realize, nothing is."

- Weeklytapedeck.com

"Yes they're excellent, yes their music melds in perfectly with the current crop of Denton groups, but these guys show a potential you don't normally see in such a young/large group"

- Daybowbow.net