Lung Letters Named Local Band You Should Listen To

Lung Letters were featured in volume 27 of Do512’s ‘Local Bands You Should Be Listening To’. Check out what they had to say below (article posted here originally):

Lung Letters

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Taking members from local face-melters A Giant Dog and Flesh Lights, Lung Letters make vicious, raw punk rock that seeks to eradicate the genre’s limitations. On Passing Days, the band’s newest EP, Lung Letters blaze through three tracks of angular guitars, Biafra-inspired vibrato, thunderous percussion, and apocalyptic imagery. In this way, Lung Letters recall punk titans of the 1980s—the names Jack Grisham, Harley Flanagan, and the aforementioned Jello Biafra all come to mind. And the EP’s messy cacophony certainly reminds one of the industrial orgies found in Flipper and Scratch Acid songs, two bands namechecked on Lung Letters’ Bandcamp page. But Passing Days is not merely an exercise in nostalgia; the EP masterfully achieves a balance between messy cacophony and jagged punk rock melody, finding the equilibrium between noise and harmony.

“With a gritty and energetic attitude, Lung Letters proves that punk rock is still alive and thriving in Austin.” – Super Secret Records

When: Saturday, December 9th at The Lost Well & Saturday, January 19th at The North Door

New Lung Letters EP Review

Lung Letters-Passing Days EP (2017)

Country: USA
Genre: Punk, Noise Rock
Label: Self-Released
Tracks: 3
Length: 9.20′

Lung Letters are a four piece band from Austin, Texas who formed in early 2017, from the looks of things.  Lung Letters feature members of Total Abuse, Nazi Gold, and Flesh Lights, so going on that alone, you know you’re in for some really awesome music.  Lung Letters play a killer style of Flipper/Scratch Acid influenced punk and noise rock.  Passing Days is the band’s debut EP, which was released on March 18th, 2017.  On Passing Days, Lung Letters offer up three tracks of off-kilter and weird sounding punk and noise rock. Overall, Passing Days makes for a killer listen and definitely should not be missed.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

Lung Letters on Bandcamp
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Richard Interviewed for Sonic Transmissions Festival

Richard Lynn and Ingebrigt Haker Flaten Talk Sonic Transmissions 2017

Richard Lynn and Ingebrigt Haker Flaten Talk Sonic Transmissions 2017: festival heads discuss adventurous music festival’s 2017 lineup. 

Billing itself as “Austin’s Newest, Most Vital Jazz & Experimental Music Festival”, Austin, Texas’  Sonic Transmissions festival is one of the most unusual fests in the Lone Star State capital, showcasing underground music, often in an improvisational context.

The festival, now three years in the running, runs September 14th-16th (taking place at Barracuda, Kick Butt Coffee, and Kenny Dorham’s Backyard  & Victory Grill, respectively) features a diverse mix of genres, featuring everything from punk, hip-hop, jazz and cumbia, with acts from all over the world.

I recently had a chance to speak to festival founder Ingebrigt Haker Flaten and presenter Richard Lynn (owner of Austin’s Self Sabotage Records) about what attendees could expect for this year’s lineup, which certainly sounds like an intriguing event.  

Enjoy the full Q&A below.

Questions 1-3 by Richard Lynn, owner Self Sabotage Records, Presenter STF

When did you first become involved with Sonic Transmissions and what drew you to the project?

I attended the festival the first two years and loved it each time. Last year, I was sitting there watching Black Spirituals play, and the crowd wasn’t as big as it should have been, and I thought “people would love this festival if they only knew about it.” So I decided to try and help if I could. I believe Ingebrigt has built Sonic Transmissions into the best music festival in Austin in only its third year.

So this is the third year of the festival. How has it grown over the years and what can audiences expect this time around compared to the last two lineups?

Each year has provided incredible performances by artists from around the world. This year we believe that Ingebrigt has put together the best lineup yet. I often say that if someone were to attend every session of the festival, they would be treated to a musical trip around the world.

One thing that separates Sonic Transmissions from other Austin music festivals is its diverse roster: what criteria dictates how the festival is curated, and which acts are you most excited about seeing perform this year?

There simply are no rules, other than bring together the greatest musicians from around the world into a mishmash of music that will blow you away. Many festivals tend to have a narrow selection of bands; Sonic Transmissions is the opposite. Ingebrigt and I were watching Lung Letters at my label’s showcase during SXSW earlier this year, and he loved them. It was his first time to see them, and he turned to me after it was over and said “I want them to play the opening night of the festival.” And I said, “That’s crazy and that’s why I love you.”

I don’t believe there is any set in stone criteria when it comes to the bands that Ingebrigt selects to play the festival. He basically seeks out the best of the best from various musical genres and locales from around the world. One of my record labels, Self Sabotage Records, is presenting the first night with Astral Spirits Records, and not only do we have Lung Letters on the bill, we also have incredible jazz/improv musicians such as Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Susan Alcorn, and Ingebigt himslef, among others. But it’s too hard to pick who I am most excited to see, the festival is full of incredible musicians.

Questions 4- 7 Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, festival founder/curator/ musician

Another thing that makes Sonic Transmissions stand out from the pack is its improvisational aspect. How do you decide which acts will do improv sets together, and how important do you think it is to showcase that aspect of musicianship?

The curation of this festival is based in strong musicianship, everybody we present are masters within their game. So let’s say, when we put together Susan Alcorn, Ken Vandermark and Joe PcPhee, or Charalambides with Joe McPhee –all with almost a lifelong experience within improvisation- we believe this will create new and fresh music because as improvisers their all brilliant and we know that in a meeting between such musicians something special will happen that cannot be planned for! It’s as exciting for the musicians as it is for the audience!!

I’m also a professional musician and travel the world meeting new people all the time through situations like this, my experience in this field help me create a lineup where improvisation becomes an important element and somehow the ‘red thread’ between all the artists on this festival.

I was also curious how the daily lineup is structured given the variety of genres represented in the festival–what is that process like? I imagine it’s more complicated than other more homogenous music festivals.

Our goal is to create a daily lineup with a focus on strong musicianship and which is not genre specific, we wan’t to give the audience a new experience every day by presenting something they will find familiar with something that’s new and unfamiliar.  Like having a particular audience that are there to listen to Carmelo Torres  being surprised with a set by solo guitar and banjo maestro Brandon Seabrook. Or when people come out to hear local punk hero’s Lung Letters they will maybe also get a surprise when listening to Susan Alcorn playing the Steal Guitar in a way they never thought was possible…and so on!!

I see that there is an Indie-Gogo campaign associated with the festival. What are some of the unique perks that donors can receive for helping to fund Sonic Transmissions, and what other ways can supporters get involved?

Supporters can sign up for volunteering through our website (under Support Us).  We can use help with production, artists and more… it’s a great way to get to know artists and to get an inside view of how the festival operates! Everybody who sign up and do a few shifts for us get a free festival pass for the weekend.

And those who donate through the Indie-Gogo campaign get the following:

a unique print by local artists Lindsey Verrill

-a unique EP by Ingebrigt Haker Flaken

-a unique mix-tape with tracks chosen by some of the festival artists.

-a screen printed and signed festival poster

Well that wraps up my questions: Is there anything else you’d like to mention about this year’s Sonic Transmission to potential attendees?

This is a chance to see incredible artists and bands from around the world at a great price!

You can buy tickets and keep track of all things Sonic Transmissions by clicking here for their official website.

Lung Letters Song Premiere “Passing Days” at Austin.com

After spending 15 years playing in various Austin bands such as A Giant DogTotal Abuse, and OBN III’s, the members of new local band Lung Letters have released a new EP, Passing Days, while putting out the track of the same name as a single. With a gritty and energetic attitude, Lung Letters proves that punk rock is still alive and thriving in Austin.

Vocals from Jeremy Steen taking center stage on the song, the group’s dirty sound comes to life with incredible intensity. Passing Days is out today on Austin label Super Secret Records.

Take a listen to “Passing Days” below.

Announcing Sonic Transmissions Festival III

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sonic Transmissions Festival III

 

 

THIRD ANNUAL SONIC TRANSMISSIONS FESTIVAL

TAKES PLACE SEPTEMBER 14, 15, AND 16

ON AUSTIN’S EASTSIDE!

 

Three-Day Music Festival Features Punk Rock, Improvised Jazz, Cumbia Dance Party, Futuristic Hip-Hop, Artist Collaborations, and More

 

Tickets on Sale June 20, go to www.sonictransmissions.com

 

June 19, 2017 (Austin, Texas) Sonic Transmissions Festival III, Austin’s only improvisational music festival without boundaries, takes place Thursday, September 14 through Saturday, September 16 across four eastside venues: Barracuda, Kick Butt Coffee, Kenny Dorham’s Backyard, and Victory Grill.

Now in its third year, Sonic Transmissions Festival incorporates a fantastic lineup representing a diverse range of musical styles and cultural diversity. Festival-goers will experience an incredible array of musical entertainment incorporating aspects of punk rock, improvised music, jazz, free-jazz, psychedelic cumbia dance, futuristic hip-hop, and more.

Pre-sale festival passes are just $30 (pre-sale ends August 1, 2017, after which prices will increase slightly). Single day passes are also available. Go to the Sonic Transmissions website ticket link to purchase.

This year, the festival expands its footprint, spanning across four venues in three days. Showcasing over 35 local and international artists from Austin to Norway to Columbia, the lineup includes Austin’s own Lung Letters, Joe McPhee, Los Toscos with Carmelo Torres, Jawwaad Taylor, Stefan Gonzalez, Ken Vandermark and more. Festival highlights are:

Thursday, September 14 at Barracuda: Kick-Off Party, exploring the latest in adventurous punk, noise, and incendiary improvised music from around the world. Co-presented by Self Sabotage Records and Astral Spirits. 8 P.M. to 2 A.M. Located at 611 E 7th St, Austin, TX. 

Friday, September 15 at Kick Butt Coffee: Psychedelic Bogotá Cumbia Dance Party where deep tradition meets experimentation. Co-presented by Epistrophy Arts. 8 P.M. to 2 A.M. Located at 5775 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX.

Saturday, September 16 at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard and Victory Grill: Freedom jazz – classic meets new wave on the historic East 11th Street District. 2 P.M. to midnight. Located at 1106 and 1104 E 11th St. Austin TX.

Founded and curated by internationally renowned musician Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (The Thing, Atomic, The Young Mothers) and presented by Austin’s revered independent record label Self Sabotage Records, Sonic Transmissions Festival has quickly become the musician’s music festival, providing a platform for artists to perform, collaborate, and unite through music and culture.

“The motivation for starting the festival was to create an event where artists from all kinds of music and cultures could come together to share, create and celebrate music,” said Sonic Transmissions Festival Founder and Curator Ingebrigt Håker Flaten. “Music does not always have to be locked into general categories or descriptions and Austin is the perfect city for an open minded, creative type festival like Sonic Transmissions.”

“I love the concept behind Sonic Transmissions Festival — and Self Sabotage Records is extremely proud to be involved,” said Richard Lynn, Owner of Self Sabotage Records. “Ingebrigt has put together, what I consider to be, the best music festival in Austin. Most music festivals often have a narrow focus on musical genre; this festival’s focus is almost indescribable… If you were to attend each session of this festival, it would be like taking a musical trip around the world.”

Sonic Transmissions Festival takes place September 14, 15, and 16. Additional artist and exciting lineup information to be announced. To purchase tickets to the three-day festival or one showcase go to sonictransmissions.com for pricing and details.

 

Follow on:

Twitter: @SonicTrans

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sonictransmissions

Instagram: @sonictransmissions 

 

ABOUT SONIC TRANSMISSIONS FESTIVAL:

Founded and curated by Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and presented by Self Sabotage Records, Sonic Transmissions Festival is a three-day showcase presenting a far-reaching spectrum of genres, such as free jazz, post-punk, world music, experimental hip-hop, improvised music, and more. Sonic Transmissions Festival was born out of a passion to bring audiences and musicians from different communities together to collaborate, experience, and explore the possibilities of what a music festival can express to audiences today. This event is partially funded by the City of Austin Cultural Art Division.

 

CONTACT:

Kris Ferraro, KFPR, 818-480-0229

Kferraro.publicty@gmail.com

 

Lauren Lyman, Other Side Austin

laurenannlyman@gmail.com

Brand New Lung Letters Tune

BRAND NEW LUNG LETTERS TUNE

(Originally posted here)

One of the great thing about living in Austin is the abundance of bands trading friends and members to begin new projects, such as Lung Letters. The band takes members from acts like A Giant Dog and Flesh Lights, both whom we adore. As you’d expect, there’s a heavy handed rock n’ roll at work here, with Jeremy Steen handling the band’s vocal ferocity. If you’ve managed to catch the act live, then you’re already on board, but for those who haven’t, this track does a pretty good job of capturing the group’s energy on recor; there’s an animalistic quality not many can claim as their own. I’m particularly enjoying the moment between 1.45 and 2.30, bringing in some sly little hooks (reminds me of late 90s post-hardcore) before erupting into finale. Look for the Passing Days EP this Friday via Super Secret Records.