Museum of Human Achievement
"...Now what? Now, you play Emits Showers of Sparks again. And again, and one more time after that, because when this 57-minute major label debut from Austin's Sixteen Deluxe burns down to the crashing finale of "Captain Kirk's Z-Man House of Fun," and then spills over onto the liquid steel slide of "Mixed Up," the first moment of silence at disc's end hits you like dead winter nightfall..."
"...As mentioned this week in OTR, Sixteen Deluxe is upping the ante for its 10-year reunion at the Mohawk in March with the release of Year One (Bunkhaus). The archival album collects the band's first ever recordings from July 1994 and some live material from the following year...."
"...Mostly that means people who can afford television sets spend a lot more time watching them than those who can't (I think). But if Hughes can get up on 60 Minutes and declare that television equals reality, and yuppies from here to Dell valley make computers that are supposedly better than reality, then why can't rock & roll do more than substitute for reality? If you're going to have your senses invaded, why not do it with something fun, something you're passionate about, right? "Easier said than done," sings Sixteen Deluxe's Chris Smith on "Wrist Rocket." And he's right; this is still a world where someone is always asking you to turn it down..."
"...It's a viral situation metastasized far beyond containment. It teems with sonic infections bearing names like Li'l Cap'n Travis, Dumptruck, the Applicators, Young Heart Attack, Orange Mothers, Barkers, Society of Friends, My Education, Teen Cool, Explosions in the Sky, Converters, Power Squid, Casino, Astroblast, Pocket Symphonies, and the long-ago alpha strain, Sixteen Deluxe..."
"...In addition to the Erickson album, 1995 saw Trance hosting a hot-ticket SXSW showcase at the Terrace featuring Bedhead, Ed Hall, Furry Things, Sixteen Deluxe, and a special guest appearance by Bob Mould. In fact, the biggest Trance-related story that year was the unexpected swarm of attention that surrounded Sixteen Deluxe after the release of their single, "Idea." A perfectly executed piece of pop songcraft with just enough feedback to make it interesting, "Idea" also sounded great on the car radio..."
"...In fact, with this year's release schedule, it's already safe to assume that virtually every club ad will announce a "CD Release Party," while the subsequent glut of in-stores virtually guarantees both Waterloo Records and Tower spots in next year's Music Poll as "Best Venue." Just who are the local artists vying to define Austin nationally in 1998? So far, the class' only distinguishing feature is diversity. Of the "Freshman Eight," artists making their national debuts, the field is an even split between rock and country, with Sixteen Deluxe, David Garza, Meg Hentges, and David Rice representing the former, and Monte Warden, Don Walser, Bruce Robison, and Charlie Robison representing the latter...."
"...No, as moderator Molenda said, "It's all about seducing the listener." Naturally, the analog-digital discourse featured prominently in the panel's comments, with the overall opinion being that analog sounds much better than digital (analog has more "plastic irony"), but that digital is a helluva lot easier to edit than analog. Crane, founder and editor of the respected DIY recordist magazine Tape Op and Elliott Smith's working partner, offered the most pragmatic technical solutions and ideas: "A creative person can do anything with any gear." This sentiment was echoed by Austin's John Croslin, owner of the local Music Lane Studios and producer of Spoon's A Series of Sneaks and Sixteen Deluxe's Emits Showers of Sparks (among many, many other local releases): "Look at Tom Waits and Squirrel Nut Zippers..."
"...That moment came for Nineties indie-rock revolutionaries Sixteen Deluxe – Carrie Clark, Chris "Frenchie" Smith, Jeff Copas, and Steven Hall – when the beloved locals signed to Warner Bros. for 1998 skyrocket Emits Showers of Sparks..."
"...Long live Emo's. – Margaret Moser Ed Hall, Sixteen DeluxeDec..."
"...The Ins and Outs of Sixteen Deluxe..."
"...Wolfson Carrie Clark, 30, escaped a crash-and-burn bout with drugs and cleaned up a year ago. As guitarist-vocalist-songwriter for the modern-day psychedelic rangers Sixteen Deluxe, she simply shines onstage, and after another narrow escape, this one with a major label, she's as adamant about her independent musical status as she is her desire to be a mother..."
"...Just who are the bands that will define Austin nationally in 1997, and what are the hopes and expectations of their labels? So far, the list of names and labels seems to hint towards a crop that's not only more diverse than last year's alternative-heavy offerings (Fastball, Spoon, Prescott Curlywolf, etc.), but also somewhat more traditionally rock-oriented -- ranging all the way from Sister 7 (Arista Austin) to Sixteen Deluxe (Warner Bros.)...."
"...The highly anticipated Sixteen Deluxe reunion at the Mohawk in March will now double as a CD release party. Bunkhaus Records, helmed by Chronicle Sports guru Mark Fagan, is issuing Year One, coupling the noise pop outfit's five-song cassette demo from July 1994 – responsible for first attracting the attention of local label Trance Syndicate – with live recordings from the release show for 1995's Backfeed Magnet Babe at Liberty Lunch..."
"...In the meantime, Sire, which will be releasing the album without the Watermelon imprint or logo, added an in-house publicist who will work alongside the group's own independent publicist, and has also lined up additional radio promotion, both in-house and independently. Attal also commissioned Half Mad Moon producer John Croslin (Sixteen Deluxe, Spoon) to remix a more radio-friendly version of the album's first single, "Unholy Train," while the band itself used the downtime to embark on several club tours and a pair of two-week stints opening in large clubs and small theatres for Cake..."
"..."The word almost implies a short, fast, comet-like ride; burnout; end of career," says Seed guitarist Dean Truitt. Dah-Veed, who's seen his share of buzzes, says "Every band has to have a gimmick, and how[ever] cool the gimmick is, is how big the buzz is." Carrie Clark of Sixteen Deluxe, a band that might as well put buzz somewhere in its name because everyone else already has, threatened to vomit (jokingly, of course....."
"...Sixteen DeluxeEncore, Wednesday, March 17..."
"...Sixteen DeluxeVision Take Me Make Me Never Forsake Me (Sugar Fix) Sixteen Deluxe's tracer-tinged vision told them to build a studio with their Warner Bros. severance pay, and this huge, squealing, sprawling, schizophrenic album is the payoff..."
"...2. Sixteen Deluxe, Emits Showers of Sparks (Warner Bros.)..."