This Friday, fans of dreamy, lo-fi sounds can shuffle over to Heights dance hall Fitzgerald’s for a night of synth-pop goodness. The album release party for local witching hour music heroes Deep Cuts highlights a growing movement in Houston’s music scene, which is mostly known for its shepherding of all things trill hip-hop. For singer Chase Harris and drummer Zach Alderman, it’s the atmospheric tones and haunting melodies that are helping to give fans something to connect with.
“We want people to come [to our shows] in a state of emotional duress which our music can reflect and then, through the power of solidarity, help ease,” says Harris. Over the past few years, Harris and Co. have developed a base of loyal fans and helped shine a light on similar bands proffering bittersweet symphonies. The group’s first EP, last year’s Love Grows, which featured bouncy and energetic rhythms, was a seed for their growing followers.
“We're some local band putting out a couple songs that maybe 50 people will hear,” say Harris and Alderman. But a small scale hasn’t stopped them from spending the summer writing, recording and producing new single “While The House Fills Up” (and b-side “Spill Some Ink”), of which they’ll have 50 copies on a lathe-cut 7” record available at Friday’s show. Both songs feature the band’s trademark downcast tone and together they offer contrasting moments of energy and enervation.
In addition to Deep Cuts, music fans can hear ethereal sounds from other dance hall-friendly acts. Local openers include Mantra Love and Young Mammals, and Children of Pop spins everything from Madonna to noise music between sets.
Friday, Aug 7. 8. $10. Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak Dr. 713-862-3838. fitzlivemusic.com