The Other Lovers You Wish You Had

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Other Lovers at Triple Crown, photo by David Rivera

By: Shannon Williams

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    The Other Lovers You Wish You Had

Other Lover’s made their record release on a cold night at the end of November, simultaneously kicking off the start of their tour across the south. It takes travel time to leave Texas and it takes energy to keep up with this band’s party anthems. “Born to Party/Born to be Old” sits this generation’s YOLO back in it’s seat, leaving Megan Fowler on vocals to turn up a much better, and unassuming party. The band’s strengths came maybe from having an open mindset- their sound is decidedly cross genre blending elements of blues, folk, rock and punk. Texas’ diverse music history did not fall flat on this band, as they embrace high energy of many rhythms.

Megan Fowler and Brandon Boyd started Other Lovers in 2010, just as a duo with a dynamic frontwoman and Boyd on guitar and vocals. As a duo, they were described as “a punk rock June Carter and Johnny Cash.” They released their EP “Sweet Lovin’” and attempted to find other like-minded musicians to join the act. Success came in the complete, and newly formed, band which adds Bradley Hurst with guitar/vocals and Fernando Rios on bass.

Also new to the band is their collaboration with Oscillations Records, a small record company out of Austin. It’s so small that Other Lovers is their first signed act. Associated bands of the label include Moving Castles, Knifight and Wasted Fangs. Nick Cogdill, John Eric Hetherington, and Nick Garrison enter this project with a seemingly genuine commitment to promote the sincerity they saw on stage with Other Lovers.

Other Lovers was featured in volume 2 of “Side One Track One’s” Austin Essentials. Beside other artists such as Okkerville River, Wild Child and White Denim, Other Lovers song “New” was named one of Austin’s best for the year.

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At KTSW’s Third Thursday event, Other Lovers celebrated and jammed with an audience moved to dance. Though musically compared to ZZ Top, the group didn’t bring any longhorns on stage and limited any crazy stage antics to a simple, but genuine raw energy. Other Lovers admitted they wouldn’t be touring with longhorns either (as ZZ Top did on their World Wide Texas Tour) but I think Boyd intends to keep the beard.

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