Catchy melodies? Danceable grooves? Both are present as Wild Party, Driver Friendly and Bobby Jealousy offer up different takes on pop Saturday at House of Rock.
Wild Party gets its groove on early and often with its bright, power pop. The San Antonio quartet quickly gained attention in the U.K. with its debut “Phantom Pop” and is now building attention in the U.S. with its DIY approach. Their follow-up release was the EP “All Nighter.” Driver Friendly turns out anthemic power-pop rock tunes with enjoyable ease. Born out of The Woodlands, this group of high school friends moved to Austin in search of bigger success. The group followed its debut “Chase the White Whale” with “Bury a Dream.” A steady stream of singles and EPs have followed, including “Peaks & Valleys” in June.
Bobby Jealousy is a five-piece band of young band of old souls soiling pop music and dragging it into the underground. The Austin glam rock/pop band turns out fun, brilliant pop without taking themselves too seriously. There are three vocalists in the group but usually all eyes are on Sabrina Ellis as she dances. The group followed up “A Little Death” with “The Importance of Being Jealous” in 2013. Jake Ward and the Coast Riders (Coastal Bend country) rounds out the lineup. Doors at 9:30 p.m.
Obscured by Echos and more on Thursday….
Austin’s Obscured by Echoes returns Friday to House of Rock with its dark, fuzz-infused psych rock. They’ll be joined by The Boxing Lesson, The Blind Owls and The Most. Obscured by Echoes released “Black Matter Manifesto” in 2012, marking the group’s switch from its previous pop-psych incarnation. Guitars and keyboards deliciously swirl around in the group’s spacey, psychedelic trip. The Boxing Lesson is an Austin guitar/drums/synth trio that aims to create a psychedelic wall of sounds ranging from soul space jams, desert rock and guitar freak-outs. The Blind Owls are local practitioners of good-ol’ fashioned garage rock originals. The Most, a Kingsville duo, deliver a polished pop-rock sound. Doors at 8:30 p.m.