Athfest Night 1: New West Records Presents the Whigs

New Madrid

From just south of the Appalachian Mountains, in the rolling hills of Athens, GA., comes the roaring young four-piece, New Madrid. Following the critical acclaim of their 2012 independently released album Yardboat, the band signed with Normaltown Records and promptly began work on their sophomore album Sunswimmer.

Recorded during a cool, rainy July, under the direction of David Barbe (Deerhunter, Drive-By Truckers), the aural landscapes forged in Sunswimmer become almost palpable. Combining reverb-drenched vocal harmonies, soaring underwater noise and floating, meandering melodies, the sounds don't exit the speakers as much as they condense and hang in the air like the humid Athens summer that birthed them.

Buxton, who Esquire.com calls one of "2012 Artists to Watch," continue to tour in support of their New West Records debut album Nothing Here Seems Strange heralded by My Old Kentucky Blog as "a well-realized bouquet of emotive, often beautiful imagery that propels its vistas with visceral energy." Buxton's music is a study in contrasts: rock and folk, subtle yet eccentric, lush harmonies over prickly guitar. Paste explains, "The sound on Nothing Here Seems Strange fluctuates between traditional Americana and a more garagefolk sound that places the album in a larger scope than you'd expect of a folk band."

Buxton, known for their explosive, folk-based rock songs, will kick off a fall tour in Memphis before stops at the Americana Music Association festival in Nashville and Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion in Bristol, TN. Buxton will both headline and support hitting major cities including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin and of course their hometown of Houston. Dates include shows with Frontier Ruckus, Chamberlain and The Donkeys (see full listing below.) Buxton's fusion of lovely harmonies, jarring explosions of energy and meticulously applied instrumentation is led by Sergio Trevino on Vocals/Guitar with Jason Willis on lead Guitar/Mandolin, Chris Wise on Bass Guitar, Justin Terrell on Drums and Austin Sepulvado on Guitar/Vocals.

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Athfest Night 1: New West Records Presents the Whigs with New Madrid, Buxton

Friday, June 21 · Doors 9:00 PM / Show 10:00 PM at 40 Watt Club