By Road or Rail
'Often, you'll find a dark and dissonant vibe in the sound of Austin low-fi indie trio Red Leaves, but they've got a knack for keeping it uptempo with surprising rhythm. There's something infectious about melodic arrangements with a sharp post-punk attitude, conveying emotion without getting too sappy. Expect great things from this band...' -By Laurie Gallardo, KUT 90.5 FM • Sep 23rd, 2008 **Austin INsite Reveiw of 'By Road or Rail' 2008 LP: 'In many ways, Austin's Red Leaves epitomizes the new iconic sound of the American Southwest: spacious, somber, languid and raw, tinges with yearning but devoid of sentimentality...a stray dog wandering the streets of a dusty border town, knowing there's no home to go back to. Although they're drinking from the same well as instrumental-only bands like Friends of Dean Martinez, the original Calla, and Explosions in the Sky, Red Leaves utilizes a more accessible pop structure with distinct melodies, unexpected rhythms, and compelling lyrics & vocals awash in distortion. It's a potent combination that could put them at the top of Austin's Indie Music head, and ultimately earn them commercial success. The CD opens with the up-tempo, airplay-ready Cut Throats that manages to be both ominous and bouncy (a true reflection of the times we're living in). It nicely showcases many of the band's core strengths, including the confident, fluid guitar work of David Lujan (who also designed and packaged the entire CD- on of the most beautiful products you're likely to see in this format). The third cut, Talk in Circles, is a dreamy ballad featuring the sweetly melancholy vocals of Singer Mayberry (who also plays bass & keyboards) lushly intertwined with David's more raw and muscular voice, supported by the earthy tom-tom beats... My favorite song on the album just might be St. Charles (I say 'might' because there's a couple of others that are growing on me daily). The manic waltz rhythm, pointed lyrics and haunting, dissonant melody, work their way under the skin then build to an artful crescendo. The effective use of the Farfisa organ sound in The Fight harkens back to some of the best Texas bands of the sixties, and the complex, dynamic arrangement of Frankie Machine shows off their mastery of rock and roll form. Truly, there's not a bad track on this impeccably self-produced album that poignantly ends with an acoustic lullaby (also a waltz) and the sound of cicadas and barking dogs trailing off in the distance...Texas all the way. See them live at INsite Night at The Beauty Bar on September 23.' (A) -Marsha Mann ----------------------------------------------------------- Red Leaves was formed in Austin Texas by David Lujan (Guitars/Vocals) and Singer Mayberry (Bass/Guitar/Keys/Vocals) in 2004.