The Course of Empire
For a band that’s never released much music, the buzz surrounding the Houston/Austin-based instrumental rock group–guitarists Derek Lemons and Mike Byers, bassist Brandon Lemons, and drummer Brandon Zavala–has always been positive, mainly due to its impressive live sets. With its new EP–five tracks of sedate, lush soundscapes punctuated by moments of balls-out, fuzzy rock–Co-Pilot lets the songs, each of which flows into the next, very gradually build to the point where you’ve almost accepted that there won’t be a breakdown into the amped-up thrash that, while stereotypical of the genre, never fails to work. By the time “Broken Shield” hits, the song’s abrupt changes in styles–hints of shoegaze, moody post-rock, and blistering metal–leads one to question why this band isn’t as well-known as Mogwai or Explosions In The Sky. Then, as quickly as it hit, the song stops and bleeds into closer “Only Myths Will Remain,” which again brings the listener back to the tranquil beauty that makes up the majority of Co-Pilot’s latest batch of songs.
Co-Pilot continues the celebration of the release of The Course Of Empire (anyone remember that Dallas band from the 80s?) with a free in-store performance at Cactus Music tomorrow (Saturday, 10.30.10) at 3pm.
The band also plays Fitzgerald’s next Friday night (11.5.10) with The Appleseed Cast and Analog Rebellion. Tickets are available here.