Friday, July 18, 2008


Loxsly features Cody Grounds, guitarists Garrett Johnston and Justin Douglas, bassist Eryk Lugo, and drummer John Kelley. It began as a solo project in 2003, with one person working a synthesizer, samples and literally anything else that sounded like a good idea at the time. Now, the band Loxsly is five members strong and takes its pop compositions into several different directions.

There is an abundance of highly-charged rhythm and contagious melodies on their album, Maps and Organs, accompanied perfectly by singer and band founder Cody Grounds unique vocals. The happy, shiny-sounding atmosphere created by much of their music is impressively combined with lyrics that are oftentimes darker and edgier. Its intelligent and danceable all at once.

Shortly after the release of Forecast a Brainstorm, Cody was joined by Garrett Johnston on guitar and Eryk Lugo on bass. The three Wacoan’s moved to Austin, Texas, where Loxsly incorporated its fourth member, Justin Douglas, who had also fled to Austin, though not to escape from small town life. He had recently been kicked out of Montreal for being a non-citizen. Justin, an audio engineer, had recently graduated from Berklee and responded to a classified ad that Cody had posted requesting drummers. Justin didn't play drums, but offered his abilities on the pedal steel and a multitude of other instruments. The boys then duped longtime friend John Kelley into learning how to play drums.

In Austin, the band began to blend their new skills and sounds into one that was their own. Live shows naturally ran more smoothly, now that Loxsly had a full lineup. Their shows were theatrical-- including projected images, lighting and sometimes even confetti and bubble machines. In 2005, they released Loxsly's second album Maps and Organs, with home-sewn casings and the skillful production of Justin Douglas. Since the formation of Loxsly, the band has played alongside bands such as The Octopus Project, Elf Power, and Dr. Dog, and, when able to find time between day jobs or schooling at the University of Texas, made quick tours to cities such as Chicago and Athens, eager to spread their sound beyond Austin.

Now four years strong, the guys are taking it another step further. After the release of Flashlights, they are working on a full-length album and a music video (directed by guitarist Garrett Johnston) to follow. Recommended!

Loxsly - Lamprey Eels
Loxsly @ MySpace

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Blogger Ziggy said...

The Hold Steady - Stay Positive (2008) !!!
Brendan Canning - Something For All Of Us (2008) !!!
Sam Roberts - Love At The End Of The World (2008) !!!

Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs (2008) !!!

M83 - Saturday=Youth (2008) !!!
Bauhaus - Go Away White (2008) !!!
+ Ministry, Pj Harvey, Coil, Tuxedomoon, etc.

Four Tet - Ringer (2008) !!!
Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles (2008) !!!
+ M83, Dirty Projectors, Aloha, We Are Scientists, Coldplay,
Death Cab For Cutie, Born Ruffians, Fischerspooner, Figurine,
Of Montreal, Tom Vek, Wolf Parade, Grizzly Bear, Rjd2, etc.

My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges (2008)

Coldplay - Viva La Vida (2008)
Jack Johnson - Sleep Through The Static (2008)


2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really enjoy My Morning Jacket last album, thanks man :)

8:08 PM  
Anonymous tobrazil said...

I just checked the DCFC link.
These are not the "Narrow Stairs" songs except for "I will possess..."
The songs are very catchy and the voice of the singer is similar to Ben Gibbard.
Sounds quite amazing to me.
Anyone got an idea who this is?

thanks an have a nice weekend


10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're a German band called Velveteen.

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone know where I can find some June of 44?

6:27 PM  
Anonymous tobrazil said...

hey thank you very much, they're german? me too, and didn't know them - shame on me...

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone can upload the new usher album ?

8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ziggy your popularity is rising. :) and i'm still fucking shocked people are dim enough to request bands in the comments. never ceases to amaze me.

10:32 AM  
Blogger daniel said...

i requested M83's album on his last blog entry and he posted a link to it in this one.

dim, or am i just the recipient of good luck and sheer coincidence?

8:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've picked up a few albums via request in comments.

This person feels like an Indie Music Blog insider for saying shit like that.

7:46 PM  
Anonymous adi said...

thanks a lot.

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5:43 AM  

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