Head First (Misc. Music)

Texas Platters


Head First (Misc. Music)

The cover of Aliens' debut shows a young diver about to hit her head on a diving board, and that's an appropriate introduction to 14 somewhat disorienting songs. First things first: Head First was mastered by Kramer, renown producer for the likes of Daniel Johnston and White Zombie, so there's a distinct early-Nineties shamble-rock vibe. For most of the album, it's 1991, from grungy opener "Theme" to the Sebadoh-ish "Moving Parts." There are also some definite ghosts of Nirvana lurking about, though singer/guitarist Blake Sandberg never quite lets loose the way he could, often bleating song after song. Still, there's something very Austin about the heatstroke of "Guinea Pig" and "Serial Killer," both fun, little pogo-worthy screams, and "Reflex Motor," which veers into a Hawkwind-y extendo-jam that's almost psych rock. A bit tame for a debut, but here's hoping they split open our heads elsewhere. (Aliens release Head First tonight at Room 710.) **.5

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  

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 Audra Schroeder
SXSW Interactive Conference Quick Cuts
The Signal & the Noise
Statistician Nate Silver on more data, more problems

March 15, 2013

SXSW Film Reviews: 'Kiss of the Damned'
Daily Reviews and Interviews

March 15, 2013



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

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

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