Somewhere in my mind, I had long ago blogged about TV Torso. But after looking through my archives today it appears I must have been dreaming. Better late than never...
After changing band names once or twice, TV Torso was formed in 2008 by former Sound Team members Matt Oliver and Jordan Johns. Thus far the band has released two pretty damn good seven inches, both offering promising cuts of guitar-and-keys-driven indie rock. The sounds trend toward early Spoon and What Made Milwaukee Famous, but it is TV Torso's ability to infuse their music with subtle elements of folk, Americana, and classic rock that really gets your attention.
The band's next offering is a 6-song, vinyl-only LP titled Status Quo Vadis. The songs were produced and recorded by Matt Oliver and Stuart Sikes (White Stripes, Cat Power, Loretta Lynn) and mixed at Jim Eno’s Public Hi-Fi studios. While waiting to hear that, I'd recommend you take both of the 7'' singles for a spin. Check out their Daytrotter session too. And their song on this Flux-Rad mixtape.
TV Torso will be touring all over the US throughout August. They will also be performing at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on Sunday, October 10.
- TV Torso - "I Can See Your Face"
- TV Torso - "The Black Mask"
*drawing of TV Torso live in concert by Austin Kleon