Saturday, May 27, Burt’s Tiki Lounge (21-and-over); free: Ray Jackson and his compatriots from Lomita started off with the straightforward intentions of being a country band. Like greedy kids in a candy store, Lomita’s hunger for multiple genre num-nums caused them to branch out and create music that combines ambient tones with pseudo-psychedelia and pedal- and lap steel-aided riffs, which give the band a twanged-out indie rock flavor. Think of the band as a darker version of Pavement.
Lomita’s aptly titled debut album, Stress Echo, features nine perpetually pensive tracks, including the dissonant but beautiful “More Than a Name” and the tremolo-fueled, punkabilly-meets-LSD “History of Leaving.” The best track, however, is probably the hard-charging “Green Eyes,” which sounds like background music for a desperate fool running from a huge mistake that he knows will catch up with him sooner or later. (Think Adam Sandler’s character sprinting from thugs in Punch Drunk Love.)
These Austinites have won praise from their hometown paper (the Austin Chronicle) and have headed out on a tour of the western part of the country that finds them playing Burt’s Tiki Lounge this Saturday. Local indie rockers The MindySet will join Lomita at the Lounge.