Austin360 On The Record: Terminal Mind, Johnny Dango, Summer Fires

Terminal Mind: Steve Marsh (bass), Greg Murray (drums) and Doug Murray (guitar) at Raul’s in Austin in 1979. Contributed/Ken Hoge

ARCHIVAL RELEASE

Terminal Mind, “Recordings” (Sonic Surgery). The Austin punk bands that formed in the wake of the Sex Pistols’ legendary San Antonio show 40 years ago this month left a lasting impression on the city’s music scene that’s still heard and felt through acts such as Spoon and institutions like South by Southwest. Terminal Mind was one of the best, as this welcome archival release from local reissue label Sonic Surgery verifies. The songs of bassist Steve Marsh (later of Miracle Room) with brothers Doug and Greg Murray on guitar and drums, respectively (and later synth player Jack Crow), sounded innovative back then, but what’s remarkable is how vibrant and relevant they still sound today. There’s a forthright urgency in these tracks that would be the envy of most 2010s indie bands. Terminal Mind will reunite for a release show Jan. 19 at Beerland. Here’s the track “Refugee”:

OUT THIS WEEK

Johnny Dango, “Dear Everybody, I Love You.” Dango’s September 2017 release “Recluse in Plain Sight” was his first record in four years, but for former sideman with Brothers & Sisters and Stoney Larue is back with another in less than five months. The nine tracks on “Dear Everybody” were recorded two years ago at Austin studio the Bubble with engineer/co-producer Sean Rolie, and they further testify to Dango’s rough-and-tumble roots-rock style. This is well-played, tuneful and muscular stuff, with standouts including the tone-setting bluesy opener “If I Had the Time” and the Dylanesque rambler “Laughing Larry’s Longer Lament.” Release show Jan. 20 at the Blackheart. Here’s the track “Strange to Change,” which gleams with bittersweet pedal steel accents (the album closes with an acoustic alternate version):

Summer Fires, “Without a Word” EP. The debut release from this Austin band fronted by law-school refugee J.P. Welsh is a polished set of seven songs recorded with noted local producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith. Though they’re starting from the indie realm, their aggressive yet tuneful sound is commercially viable enough to suggest mainstream rock potential. Bassist Seth Bellon and drummer Scotty Barnes anchor the rhythm section; since the album was released, the band has added guitarist Jeremy Stein and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Matt Gilmour (son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour). Release show Jan. 18 at Stubb’s indoor. Here’s the title track:

COMING SOON

  • JAN. 26: Lew Card, “Takeouts Vol. 1.”
  • FEB. 1: Good Field, “Surface Tension,” in-store Jan. 26 at Waterloo Records.
  • FEB. 2: Mike & the Moonpies, “Steak Night at the Prairie Rose,” release show Jan. 27 at Sam’s Town Point, in-store Feb. 21 at Waterloo Records.
  • FEB. 2: Lisa Morales, “Luna Negra and the Daughter of the Sun,” release show Feb. 3 at One-2-One Bar.
  • FEB. 2: Various artists, “The Stacks: Songs from the Oasis.”
  • FEB. 9: Wild Child, “Expectations” (Dualtone), release show Feb. 10 at Empire.
  • FEB. 9: Curtis Roush, “Cosmic Campfire Music” (Modern Outsider), in-store Feb. 8 at Waterloo Records.
  • FEB. 9: Jerry David DeCicca, “Time the Teacher” (Impossible Ark), release show Feb. 10 at Beerland.
  • FEB. 9: Wade Bowen, “Solid Ground.”
  • FEB. 9: Jeff Bryant, “Sleeping With the Lights On.”
  • FEB. 16: Loma, self-titled (Sub Pop).
  • FEB. 22: Arielle LaGuette, “Settle For You” EP, release show Feb. 22 at Stubb’s indoor.
  • FEB. 24: Wilson Marks, “Peregrine,” release show Feb. 24 at Cactus Cafe.
  • FEBRUARY: Sharks in the Deep End, EP.
  • MARCH 2: Sue Foley, “The Ice Queen” (Stony Plain).
  • MARCH 9: Uncle Walt’s Band, “Anthology: Those Boys From Carolina, They Sure Could Sing” (Omnivore).
  • MARCH 16: Caroline Says, “No Fool Like an Old Fool” (Western Vinyl).
  • MARCH 23: Johnny Chops & the Razors, self-titled.
  • APRIL 13: Josh T. Pearson, “The Straight Hits!” (Mute).
  • APRIL 20: Arkansas Dave, self-titled (Big Indie).
  • APRIL 27: Mobley, “Fresh Lies, Vol. 1.”