We've got five local album releases to discuss today, including a show way down south that some of you might want to book it down to attend. --- First, we'll start with material that didn't have a proper show and begin with Cerci. Cerci has been the mysterious electro producer living around SLC who hasn't gone to any great lengths to let anyone know who he/she is. Cerci first burst onto the scene in late 2011 with the EP Rust Appendages, and the follow-up EP Shifting Polychroma a year later. Now "they" are back with a third EP entitled Porous Core. You can download it for a “name your price” tag off Bandcamp.
While we're on Bandcamp, the other release to have a non-release comes from The Squatches. We talked about the band a bit back in February when they released their debut full-length album, Ashby. Unfortunately, that's all the band has really been up to, with no shows happening anywhere and not even a word beyond some tweets and random Facebook posts. Now, the group have released a brand-new EP called To The Dunes, which is essentially a completely instrumental album of new songs. If you loved the band's first album, you'll probably dig this, as well. You can download the album for $4 from their Bandcamp page.
Getting to the actual release shows, tonight we'll see the latest album from The Mighty Sequoyah. Taking their name from the Native American who invented the Cherokee alphabet, the Provo-based indie/folk group have had quite a run in their hometown and have also branched into SLC over the past year. Their debut album Relative was a hit last summer, followed by their holiday album, A Mighty Sequoyah Christmas, in December 2011. Now, they're back with their official second full-length album, Sunken Houses, which they've been putting together at Black Pyramid Recording over the past few months. From what tracks have been leaked out, you can tell this is a finely crafted album from a group of musicians who just like to have fun with their work. There's nothing too fancy about it, and at times feels like a group jam session that came off perfectly. I highly recommend checking the album out. You can pick up a copy tonight at Velour as the band play their release show/short tour kickoff with The Devil Whale, Lake Island and Gils. Just $7, starting at 8 p.m.
Tomorrow night, we head down south for the latest from Cedar City-based group Inland. The four-piece indie-rock group (formerly known as Ill Mannered Boy) got their start over the summer of 2011 playing what shows they could in the hit-and-miss venue landscape of Southern Utah. In an interesting twist, the band signed on to Florida-based Slasher Mini Records earlier this year and put out a short demo for people to check out. The group have been hard at work to release their debut EP titled M.A.T.H.S. If their demo was any indication of the EP, then this will be a fast-paced delight worth at least listening to. You can snag a copy at their release show tomorrow at GoGo 37 in St. George as they play with Verona, The Wreck Chrods, Dark Archer and The Message. Just $8 in advance, and $10 at the door; show starts at 8 p.m.
But for those of you who can't make the trip down, we've got one more release show up here in SLC that's been kept under wraps until now. Tomorrow night, we'll see the debut release from Folk Hogan. The 6- to 7-piece ensemble of -- what else? -- folk music players have earned one hell of a reputation as a packed-room band. Granted, the shows aren't getting that out of control, but they've definitely become a band to see live, with singalong numbers and a show filled with an energy that many thrashing metal bands can't even match. The band (seen above) have been working on this little gem of an album over the past six months, the appropriately titled full-length debut Band Of Mighty Souls. Tracks from this -- leaked by the band back in April in various ways -- highlight the band's quick paced numbers and dance-invoking melodies. Seriously, if you don't get off your ass and dance at these shows, you need your legs looked at. You can pick up a copy of the album tomorrow at The Woodshed, where the band will be playing with “archrivals” Tupelo Moan. Just $6, starting at 9 p.m.
Head out, love music, buy local!