DC9 in SPACE, Ep. 23: HYMNS

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Fresh off a three-star review Rolling Stone review of its new EP, Appaloosa, Brooklyn-based retro-rock outfit HYMNS stopped by to participate in our ongoing DC9 in SPACE series last Wednesday night, offering up toned-down versions of the new EP's songs while also sharing a few tales of lost instruments and drinking games gone bad.

It was the first stop on part of the band's 10-day visit to the region, which has become something of a second home to the quartet, thanks to a slew of area ties. Among those local connections: the band's label, Blackland Records, which is based out of Greenville and run by former Radish drummer John David Kent; the band's new-ish drummer, Kent's younger brother Tony, who also calls Greenville home; the band's guitarist, Jason Roberts, who, though not native of the region, spent a couple years backing Greenville's Ben Kweller on the road; and brand-new bass player Joey McClellan, a Dallas native most recognizable in the local scene as the frontman of the formerly Dallas-based rock act The Fieros. Really, the only one without a direct tie to the area is frontman Brian Harding. As such, the taping had something of a homecoming feel to it, with friends and new fans stopping on in to watch the band perform. Check out the results in the above clip.

And, as always, feel free to stop on by SPACE Studio (2814 Main St.) at 6:30 this evening for yet another free performance taping, this one featuring Abilene's The Rocketboys, another act with more than a few Dallas ties. Later in the night, the band will perform a CD release show celebrating its new album, 20,000 Ghosts, at Trees. For the taping, though, the band has promised alternative versions of old tracks, as well as a few new songs it won't perform at this evening's full-on performance. So, basically: It should all add up to yet another good time. See you there.

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