Bob Schneider CD Release Party
Nelo, the Orbans
213 W 5th St
Austin, TX, 78701
Doors 8:00PM / Show 9:00PM
Watch & Listen
Bob Schneider CD Release Party
Bob Schneider is not new to this game. He has built his career as a working class musician and as a result has an institution of faithful followers all across the country with a mega-fan-base epicenter in Austin. There have been highs - the near-breakthrough success of 'Lonelyland,' and the next-big-thing hype that surrounded it. And lows - he was subsequently dropped by two labels. Through it all he sustained and even flourished as an independent artist releasing five
albums, hundreds of digital singles, and fronting three bands simultaneously. Yet, Schneider still continues to push himself in a multitude of creative directions now with the beguiling melodies of 'Lovely Creatures'.
In today's pop culture world, in which music "idols" are auditioned, judged, anointed and frequently forgotten within the span of a few months while even "underground" acts can stir up buzz overnight on the blogosphere, the notion of a band building an audience by actually working its tail off seems positively antiquated. So go ahead and call Austin's Nelo (rhymes with "hello") just a little bit old-fashioned. Long before Nelo released their 2nd album, "Ordinary Scene", songwriter/bandleader Matt Ragland and the rest of his crew were already seasoned road veterans accustomed to playing to packed crowds across Texas and throughout the South.
Nelo formed officially in late 2005 after Matt Ragland and Reid Umstattd, who were college roommates, graduated from the University of Texas. After formation, the band spent not quite a couple years in Athens, GA and then moved back home to Austin, TX to start recording and touring. Picking up new fans one by one along the way, Nelo has shown that the grassroots approach still does work. On top of working its way into playing regularly at large venues in Texas like The House of Blues (Dallas and Houston), Granada Theatre (Dallas), Antones (Austin) and more, the band has also played in the Austin City Limits and South by Southwest music festivals. Nelo has supported acts like Sister Hazel, Ghostland Observatory, Everclear, Pat Green, Bob Schneider and more and has also recorded with Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, John Hiatt) and C.J. Ericksson (U2, Steve Lillywhite).
Each member of Nelo brings a vital component to the eclectic nature of the band and that certain je ne sais quoi element their music possesses. Matt Ragland composes and creates, while adding a dynamic depth to the music through piano and rhythm guitar. Reid Umstattd provides the soulful and inimitable lead vocals, characteristic to only Nelo. Brian Donohoe diversifies the mix with supportive keyboard and virtuosic saxophone. Sean Jacobi shapes the melody's backbone with clear attention to musical detail and dynamics on the bass guitar, and Ryan Jacobi confidently drives each song with his own brand of charisma and energy on the drums.
Today diehard fans can finally get their Nelo fix from "Ordinary Scene", Nelo's new 2nd album, which is anything but ordinary. Nelo staked the #21 spot on both the Billboard Magazine "New Artist Album" and Heatseekers charts with their self-titled debut album, and it is no doubt "Ordinary Scene", their most dynamic work yet, is on its way to surpassing the underground legacy. "Ordinary Scene" debuted at #3 on the top rock albums chart on Itunes. Determined to do this one right, songwriter Matt Ragland produced the record himself, and the band made no compromises in the recording process. Tunes as indelibly catchy as "Hey Birdie" and "Do You Love Me" demand to be heard and enjoyed more frequently than even the most hard-gigging of bands can accommodate — and computer speakers just don't do justice to tunes this organically structured. Gritty, colorful and textural, one can find something new in the music with every listen. The result: an album you like more and more each time you hear it. "Ordinary Scene" eloquently packages a seamless instrumental mix of rock, pop, and jazz that is thoughtfully woven into an experience that will leave listeners soaring. Nelo's ability to matchlessly combine these multi-genre elements is what seduces the cravings of their fanatic followers. The composition and the lyrics join forces to take the listener on a journey of discovery and growth, while, according to Soundcheck Magazine, still maintaining the ability to be "perfect as a soundtrack to a river float or a tailgate party before a football game."
Much like the music itself, the main lyrical theme found clearly in the title track and consistently throughout the album dives deep into the human experience. When asked about the album's title track, Ragland explains: "The 'ordinary scene' is the scene in which you see that person you love everyday- in the same context, same clothes, same hours of the day, same backdrop etc. It's frustrating when the initial spark of newness with someone is gone. But somehow in so many cases the love deepens and authenticates when things settle down a bit. It's as if the old blinding spark is replaced by a warm and consistent glow. And it's more powerful than before. You can't really find it amidst the whirlwind of buzz in a brand new love. It only happens inside of an 'ordinary scene'. I think I kind of talk about or around this idea throughout the whole record." Ragland jokes: "I need to take my own advice!"
"Ordinary Scene" and "Two Years Ago E.P." are available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon, and tour dates can be found at www.nelomusic.com. What's most remarkable of all when it comes to this band is the fact that when listening to their music, for all the years that these guys have played together, for all the thousands of fans they've already won through literally hundreds of shows and word-of-mouth-fueled grassroots enthusiasm, one gets the distinct feeling that Nelo's journey has only just begun.
Formed in 2008, The Orbans from Fort Worth, TX have combined a "do it yourself" indie attitude with a very unique style of pop music that is not afraid to show a little twang. That year, the band released a well received debut EP titled Switchblade Waterpistol and began touring regionally in support of the release. With their debut full length album produced by Adam Lasus, The Orbans have moved into 2011 with a firm answer for all of their efforts.
Recording "When We Were Wild" was an intense experience for The Orbans. The initial attempt to record in the spring of 2009 seemed to be missing something and the recordings were set aside. The band regrouped and contacted Producer Adam Lasus (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Yo La Tengo, Clem Snide). The band first met Lasus when he helped mix the Switchblade Waterpistol EP in 2008. After discussing the goals and expectations for the record, it was collectively decided to record the album live. They began looking at studios and found the perfect spot in Austin, Tx at Cedar Creek Recording. The large space allowed for the isolation required to have the band play together and record live. Adam and the band were also drawn to the vintage gear housed at Cedar Creek and it didn't hurt that Uncle Tupelo had recorded Anoydyne there in the same manner, with the band all playing at once. From the pre-production days spent at a house around Lake Austin to the playback of the first takes on tape at Cedar Creek, the entire team realized that something special was happening. The vibe and energy continued through the sessions at Cedar Creek and into Fireproof Recording, Adam's studio in Los Angeles. Nearing the end of what had been such an amazing time for both Adam and the band, it seemed like the obvious choice that they should title the record When We Were Wild.
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