By Caleb Hennington
Jonathan Tyler tours in support of pensive Holy Smokes
Sporting gutsy blues-rock tunes that take bits and pieces of inspiration from all sorts of artists including Creedence Clearwater Revival and Lou Reed Jonathan Tyler delivers a massively catchy sound and is ready to set the airwaves into flux once again with his latest album, Holy Smokes.
Originally hitting the Dallas music scene in 2007 as Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, Tyler has since lessened the name but not the sound. Tyler, along with his band, released a debut album in 2010 titled Pardon Me. The album featured two hit singles: Gypsy Woman, which peaked at No. 30 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart, and Pardon Me. Another song off that album, Devils Basement, is most known for being featured in the trailer for the popular HBO drama Boardwalk Empire.
The bands latest album, Holy Smokes, was released early last month and features 11 tracks full of dirty riffs and gritty lyrics. According to a news release, this album features a more pensive and sophisticated sound from the band members, who have learned quite a bit about the harsh lessons of the music industry in the five years since Pardon Me was released. The first single from the album, Riverbottom, was written by longtime band guitarist Brandon Pinckard, and a second single, Hey Mama, My Time Aint Long, was co-written by Tyler and Texas country singer Ray Wylie Hubbard.
The band, which has toured with every group from AC/DC to Grace Potter, performs at Stickyz at 8:30 p.m. Friday, along with Vintage Pistol and Van Darien. Tickets for the 18-and-up show are $10.
This Weeks Music
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Playing off the indie-pop sounds of bands that came before her (think: Tegan and Sara, and Feist) 20-year-old Zella Day has been making dark, gloomy pop music for years. Her lead single, Hypnotic, off her latest release, Kicker, has garnered a lot of interest, granting her 14 million-plus plays on Spotify alone. Check her out at Juanitas at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12.