Watch & Listen

The Texas-based band, Equals, hasn't always been the technical and tightly-arranged instrumental band it is now. The band's large soundscapes, searing guitar riffs and blitzing rhythms were products of evolution.

The members of Equals--bassist Alex Guzman; drummer Matt Toman; keyboardist Logan Wexler; and guitarists Simon McDonald and Dylan Storey--met in high school and college and began playing in several different projects that were musically diverse before fine-tuning their sound into a heavier, more cinematic approach. "When we first started playing in bands, the music always came about through improvising and then we decided that we wanted to have a band that was more composition-driven and wanted to create music with simplicity, more focused on the ambience and the sonic palette than anything else," said Toman. "Once we started figuring out how to apply a lot of the feeling and textures of ambient music, our music started progressing."

After a year of writing and gigging around Central Texas, they were able to hone their sound and write a collection of songs that would become their self-titled debut EP. The album was recorded by the band themselves in various homes and studios with Alex Bhore (This Will Destroy You) mixing and acclaimed mastering engineer Alan Douches (Animal Collective, Sufjan Stevens) at the helm. The result is an energetic and technical composition filled with densely layered sounds, sharp-drum fills and attention-grabbing guitar parts. Every song plays like a mini-opus that charters new territory with each song. With influences from Tortoise, Maserati, Mercury Program or the more affable comparisons to Battles, the band continues to refine their sound and leave plenty of room to breathe, but shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.


"The densely layered songs all have their distinctive storyboard of moods and textures, each one a lovely surprise yet all five somehow melding together to form a cohesive, cinematic whole." - My Old Kentucky Blog

"The young math-rock quintet works in angles, crafting clean instrumental suites with asymmetrical time signatures." – The Austin Chronicle

"Some of the more incredible instrumentals you will find" – Zaptown Magazine

"Equals might sound improvised here and there, but this is controlled, carefully arranged stuff." – The Austin American Statesman

"Incredible musicians" – Indie Rock Reviews

The Sour Notes

The Sour Notes formed initially as the moniker for singer/songwriter Jared Boulanger's solo recording project while living in Houston, Texas. Upon finishing what would later be his debut album The Meat of the Fruit in 2008, Boulanger then asked long-time friend and multi-instrumentalist Chris Page to join him in creating a performing band in Austin. There, they met drummer Travis Hackett and bassist Brandi Dipietro through mutual friends and recorded their first collaborative effort, second album Received in Bitterness. After a brief East Coast tour in support of the album in early 2009, the band recorded 7-inch single, Never Mix, Never Worry which displayed a new direction for The Sour Notes' characteristically evolving sound. Later that year, multi-instrumentalist Elaine Greer joined the band during the recording of their third album It's Not Gonna Be Pretty which was released in January 2010 to much critical acclaim. After a brief tour in support of the album, The Sour Notes were selected as an official showcasing artist at the 2010 SXSW Music Festival, opening for We Are Scientists at the Official SXSW Closing Party.

Little Brave

"Where most artists would be content just to release an album as well done as her latest, Wound & Will, she went the extra mile several times over. It's not just an album, it's an entire musical. Not only that, but she produced it as a live show, replete with actors, dancers, fantastical costumes, a string section, theatrical lighting, and a full band. And she did that all at a bar where the rest of us mortal musicians normally set up an amp and go to work." - John Pointer, Origin Magazine Contributer/Musician

"Brutally honest. Sonically sublime. Achingly beautiful. One
very powerful album from an artist in every sense of the word." - Mike McClure, Songwriter

"People will be amazed that this collection of little, unwanted things actually came from them—from their musings, from their heartstrings, from their places of home and of work. They will most likely try and lay claim to them when they realize how beautiful these things were that they once held in their hands… before they tossed them aside. Everyone will know their claims to be false, but they will try nonetheless. Wound & Will came from Stephanie, from Little Brave, and not from them. The old once theirs will look new, and it will sound even newer. She found them all." - Drew Kennedy, Songwriter

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