• william harries graham Foreign Fields (digipak CD, £12.50)

    label: Blue Rose

    At not even 18 years old William Harries Graham is by far the youngest artist ever on Blue Rose Records. He is one of the young hopefuls and carriers of the torch on the vibrant Austin, TX scene where he mingles with the more experienced heroes who are not ready to turn it in just yet. On some level he is a veteran of the scene himself as the son of singer-songwriter, guitarist and "character" Jon Dee Graham and community college teacher Gretchen Harries. After all he first got his hands on a guitar at age two, had his first live appearance at age seven and was the subject of a special benefit project - collecting money for treatment of a rare disease he was suffering from - shortly thereafter. William has battled Legg Perthes since he was 7 years old, started the Painted Redstarts at age 13 and honed his guitar-driven, passionate indie rock sound in countless live gigs up and down 6th Street and South Congress Avenue. Foreign Fields is the title of his strong studio debut a successful start into a promising career. His musical influences go far back into the 80s and 90s and are not - other than one might suspect - related to his father's generations' songwriter/guitar/roots rock/TexAmericana sound. Foreign Fields sounds fresh and garage-y with mostly short, to the point songs. The youngster and his band, The Painted Redstarts, with their brash, edgy guitars, clearly defined riffs, hot rhythm tracks and reverb-laden vocals are reminiscent of Austin underground acts like Wild Seeds, Reivers, Dumptruck, Spoon and Arc Angels with more than a dash of Lou Reed/Velvet Underground, My Bloody Valentine or The Jesus & Mary Chain.

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