The Long Winters

Putting the Days to Bed (Barsuk)

ACL Music Fest Reviews

The Long Winters

Putting the Days to Bed (Barsuk)

John Roderick, frontman for the Long Winters, may be putting his days of indie anonymity behind him as the Seattle foursome has released its strongest LP to date. On Putting the Days to Bed, the band's third album, Roderick completes his evolution as an imaginative and troubled storyteller. In addition to trading the agonistic, confessional approach of junkiedom for a more abstract persona, Roderick and company honor a commitment to hooky, rock-friendly tunes over their previously mellow indie vibe. From the stalker whose threatening letter has found its target in "Fire Island, AK" to the concerned mother of a teenage girl crushing on a rock singer ("Honest"), Roderick consistently keeps listeners guessing where the narrative will go next. In addition to these flights of imagination, Roderick reveals himself as possessing keen insight, bringing his own – and others' – flaws and foibles into sharp relief. "Hindsight" is a perfect example of how people learn to read their intimates, yet don't know how to preserve those relationships. The group's mastery of the element of surprise is a perfect example of how a band should grow from one album to the next, and it may well serve as Roderick's golden ticket out of obscurity. (Saturday, 4:30pm, Washington Mutual stage)

****

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
William Harries Graham
Jakes (Record Review)

Doug Freeman, April 12, 2019

Texas Platters
Rebecca Loebe
Give Up Your Ghosts (Record Review)

Christina Garcia, April 12, 2019

More by Melanie Haupt
South Austin Irish Pub Features Practically Perfect Fish and Chips
South Austin Irish Pub Features Practically Perfect Fish and Chips
Darcy’s Donkey is a welcoming addition to Barton Springs Road's Restaurant Row

April 5, 2019

Gluten-Free Wild Wood Bakehouse Shutters Guadalupe Location
Gluten-Free Wild Wood Bakehouse Shutters Guadalupe Location
Their second location, Wilder Wood, remains open on Seventh Street

Feb. 27, 2019

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle