The Boxing Lesson

Big Hits! (French Smith)

SXSW 2013 Records

The Boxing Lesson

Big Hits! (Frenchie Smith)

Hard to be cosmic and stay grounded at the same time, but Austin's acid star the Boxing Lesson does so on Big Hits!. The trio's high-octane blend of earthy hooks and psychedelic astronomy gels to perfection under the guidance of Chris "Frenchie" Smith (Sixteen Deluxe), on whose new label this record appears. Rhythm engine Ben Redman of Residual Kid gives riff-monger Paul Waclawsky and electronics wizard Jaylinn Davidson a drive that brings cosmic debris down to Earth. "Sweet Science," "Hawaiian Buffalo," and "Health Is the New Drug" burn like comets plowing furrows through the fields, while "Fight Parade" and "Endless Possiblities" shine with the afterglow of an exploding star inside a dream. The band winks at its Austin daze with "Eastside Possibilities" and "Red River Blues." Arms buried deep in galactic mud, the Boxing Lesson takes an outer space journey to the center of the Earth. (10pm, Holy Mountain Backyard)

***.5

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  

READ MORE
More the Boxing Lesson
Playback: The Boxing Lesson Goes Rambo
Playback: The Boxing Lesson Goes Rambo
Boxing Lesson's not afraid of 'Big Hits'

Kevin Curtin, May 10, 2013

Free Week Live Shots Part 1
Deep Space, the Boxing Lesson, Obscured by Echoes, Residual Kid
Highlights from first half of Free Week

Michael Toland, Jan. 11, 2013

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 Michael Toland
Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
ATX Queer Music Fest, Ovey Fest, New Candys, Bryan Carter, and more local shows worth seeing

Aug. 5, 2022

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Kate Bush Bash, Urban Heat, Knife in the Water, Night Cap, Adrian Ruiz, and Shimmer Island

July 29, 2022

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

the Boxing Lesson

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

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