Micky and The Motorcars
Thirteen years can put a hell of a lot of wear and tear on even the hardiest of rock n roll bands. But dont be fooled by all those hundreds of thousands of miles on Micky & the Motorcars odometer: pop the hood of Hearts From Above, the long-running Austin bands seventh album, and youll find a brand-new engine, fine-tuned and good to run for at least as many more miles still ahead. And behind the wheel? Two brothers Micky and Gary Braun who by their own admission havent been this fired up about playing together since they first rode south from the Whitecloud Mountains of Idaho to stake their claim to the Texas and wider Americana music scenes. Of course, thats not to say that the years between then and now have been fallow for Micky & the Motorcars, who have spent the last decade and change establishing themselves as one of the exciting young roots-rock bands in the Live Music Capital of the World and growing their fanbase through constant touring and a fistful of increasingly confident releases. But Hearts From Above finds founding members Micky (lead vocals and guitar) and Gary (guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and vocals) invigorated and supercharged by a transfusion of new blood from fresh recruits Dustin Schaefer (lead guitar), Joe Fladger (bass), and Bobby Paugh (drums).
I think that with the last record we were struggling a little bit just trying to keep the band afloat, says Micky of 2011s mature but rather ironically titled Raise My Glass, a compelling document of the band at its most ruminative and brooding. We loved the songs and we loved that record, but everyone was in kind of a tough spot with the same-old/same-old, and I had just gone through a breakup, so it was definitely the harder, darker side of the Micky & the Motorcars. Hearts From Above is more about all of us being in a much better place now. Having the new guys with us now has just brought a lot higher energy level, both onstage and in the studio. Its kind of like when we first got started 13 years ago. All of us are just having a blast.
You can hear that born-again blast right from the start of Hearts From Above with the soaring title track, a song Micky started working on in the afterglow of a particularly inspiring show he caught by one of his biggest Austin heroes, Alejandro Escovedo. Alejandros one of those guys who makes me want to be better, Micky enthuses, and all I wanted to do was go right home and write.
Come to the show. Bring a friend. Bring your spouse. Bring your favorite beverage. But most of all bring a warm smile and a great Eden welcome to the artists coming to our home. But hurry, this show is expected to sell out, and there will be no standing room tickets sold. For tickets and info, call the Eden City Office at 869-2211 or visit www.edentexas.com. This show will be held at the Roy Burnes Civic Center in Pfluger Park!
Green Apple Art Center (View)
301 S Main St.
Eden, TX 76837
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