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Wild Adriatic w/ The Continuums & The Docs
October 1, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 11:55 pm
“Flawlessly tight with infectious melodies & tons of soul.” – Relix “Full of rocking blues, soul, and depth.” – Huffington Post “An act to get behind.” – USAToday
Most couch crashers end up overstaying their welcome. Cameron Goolsby, brought from California’s wine country to the Continuums’ sofa by SXSW in 2012, did more than just eat his host’s stash of Cheez-Its. The bass player became a jam session regular and eventually, the band’s missing piece. His Entwistle-esque riffs and grooving lines tie together the Continuums’ blistering new EP Keep Rising.
The album is the band at their best. Veterans of the Austin bar circuit, the Continuums have grown into one of the best live rock and roll bands in a city overrun with too-serious, lo-fi-shoegaze-electronic-fuzzwave-dubcore-psychgrass-whatever-you-get-the-point groups.
The Continuums are a grab-your-girl-and-a-sixpack-and-groove kind of band. Keep Rising is a record that captures that raw essence and packs it into six drum-tight songs.
“Keep Rising is a rip-snorting six-pack of straight-ahead rock, dusted with feedback and pulsing with a reckless attitude,” said Preston Jones of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and dfw.com. “This sophomore EP is full of promise, and marks the Continuums as well worth keeping tabs on.”
There are your straight-ahead headbangers (“Neighbors,” “My Own Enemy”) and your future stadium anthems (“I’ll Be There,” “Take a Look Away”).
It all culminates in “Spell.” Guitarist Austin Ries pulls out every trick in his bottomless bag of riffs, transitioning from serpentine and silky lines to an earth-moving hook. Lead singer Barrett Boswell channels every great rock singer ever, howling about bad women and the bad things they do. Drummer Morgan Ries and Goolsby anchor the whole affair.
The EP has been a lifetime in the making. The Ries brothers and Boswell, each born and bred in Weatherford, Texas, came out of the womb rocking and strutting. Goolsby, though not from the same small Texas town, is a lifelong friend.
The Continuums wear their influences on their collective sleeve, but aren’t slaves to the classics. The elder Ries graduated from the guitar school of Page and Hendrix, but can easily shift between understated Mayer-like flourishes to searing solos you’d expect from Jack White. Boswell, a talented guitarist in his own right, preens and jumps and yelps, but only his curly hair looks like it came out of the ‘70s. The drumming Ries is a virtuoso behind the kit and a ladykiller to boot. Goolsby likes the feel of a soft Persian rug between bare toes instead of shoes while onstage.
KGSR’s Loris Lowe sums it up about right:
“The Continuums effortlessly straddle the line between sounding completely contemporary and kicking out classic rock-style riffs. Underlying their concise rock arrangements is an energetic punch and swagger that I find irresistible.”
When the Docs are playing, the sheer energy coming from the stage will pull you in, and the aura they create in the room will keep you riveted. Pulling from a wide range of influences and diverse backgrounds, they evoke the full range of emotion in their audiences with a raw, passionate sound that fuses the soft, harmonious tones of traditional Southern music and the aggressive energy of progressive rock. This is a tight-but-loose four-piece band that stretches and pushes the boundaries of current rock and roll. But The Docs didn’t start out as a high energy, in-your-face modern rock band. Each member brought his musical influences and professional background to the mix.