Black Tie Dynasty Bring Constant Pop Fluidity

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In a perfect world, incredible bands with outstanding live shows and ceaseless work ethic become superstars of their own merit. Black Tie Dynasty is creating this world, one day at a time.

In the cloistral confines of a black couch in a hallway at Arlington's Universal Rehearsal, we dig deeper into the BTD plan for global domination.

Without pigeonholing the group, it’s best to describe the sound as modern pop with a subtle rock twist. Drawing from influences across the board, the members have created a unique sound that is under constant evolution. On BTD's latest effort, 2006's Movements, one hears touches of The Cure, Modest Mouse, U2 and even a sprinkle of early Smiths, but we’re not here for an album review. We are here to discuss the future.

“We are simply writing like crazy. Our sound is in constant fluidity,” says Cory Watson, vocalist and guitarist. With plans for a February recording stint and possible May 2008 release on Idol Records, new songs are bubbling in the lab.

BTD’s music is dance-friendly, but not sugary. It really hits no walls, bringing the shoegaze crowd in with the partiers, crossing genre boundaries and tempting even the coolest of scene kids to nod his head and smile. Fans of the band will agree that the evolution of BTD's sound has been substantial, yet has afforded it both new fans and long-standing ones.

“When we’re on stage and people are singing along to songs that aren’t even recorded yet, songs they’ve only heard live… that’s incredible,” Blake McWhorter says. “We feel much freer to experiment with our music, and [the fans’] embracing our new stuff gives us the confidence to take more chances with our music.”

After six years together, taking chances is part of the BTD mantra, as the group continues to expand to both coasts, touring to build support for Movements as well as to test out new material on fresh ears. Texas is home for the band members, but hitting L.A. helps them get more industry exposure and eventually can result in more national attention both on radio and store shelves.

BTD promises to blow minds with the new material, and offers tastes of the new tunes at upcoming shows. DC-9 encourages all to open your minds to one of DFW’s best… you won’t be disappointed. -- Darren Burgfled

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