Scott Adair

Liquidation (Bunkhaus)

Texas Platters

Scott Adair

Liquidation (Bunkhaus)

The majority of the songs on Scott Adair's debut, Liquidation, were written, but never released, almost a decade ago for the band the Royal Towers, and most of them have aged well. The claustrophobic breakdown in "Everything Is Fixed" accents the song's bleak subject matter, as do the country-fried guitar and percussive thump of "Daytrading Drifter." Adair's croaky vocals channel Kurt Cobain and Gram Parsons throughout, occasionally sounding like lost demos thanks to the haunting lo-fi bedroom atmosphere, while covers of Johnny Cash's "Let the Train Blow the Whistle" and Bob Dylan's "To Ramona," both aided by Jacob Schulze's pedal steel, fit nicely into the mix. At times, Adair slips too easily into the past, sounding like a night spent drinking with high school friends. His teen angst and melodrama in "Trash" and "Loose Lips and Spiked Hair" stand in stark contrast to the more mellow and folkie instrumentation. Time to move on.


A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 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  

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
X: The Godless Void and Other Stories (Record Review)

Alejandra Ramirez, Feb. 21, 2020

Texas Platters
Daniel Johnston
Chicago 2017 (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Feb. 21, 2020

More by Austin Powell
SXSW Music Spotlight: Ural Thomas & the Pain
SXSW Music Spotlight: Ural Thomas & the Pain
Portland soul singer gets his second act

March 11, 2022

Spoon’s Britt Daniel confronts <I>Lucifer on the Sofa</I>
Spoon’s Britt Daniel confronts Lucifer on the Sofa
Q&A on his return to Austin and making a real rock record

Feb. 11, 2022

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

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

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