In this week's Phoenix I reviewed the fantastic new Thieving Irons album This Midnight Hum, and last night followed it up with some grainy Phlipcam video action live from the Ryan's Smashing Life showcase gig at the Middle East in Cambridge. Here performing "Wave's Gonna Break," Thieving Irons is the new folk-fed project from former Pela guitarist Nate Martinez (with a huge assist from Temperamental Studios' Mike Brown, the bearded fella shown seated in the clip).
Pela disbanded last September, and Martinez is the first of the Americana-ish Brooklyn indie quartet to break free with new music. But he won't be the last -- singer Billy McCarthy and bassist Eric Sanderson have formed a new project of their own, dubbed The Augustines (no, not these Augustines, not these Augustines either, and definitely not this Augustine or this weird other metal one; we'll see if the name sticks).
Before legal tomahawks in the name of nomenclature fly their way, they bring their musical ship to the Mid East Up on Sept. 22 alongside Boxer Rebellion and Amusement Parks On Fire. No music of theirs has found its way to the internets, but word is many of the songs Pela had been working on for their sophomore follow-up to the forever-recommended Anytown Graffiti album have been re-worked into Augustines material.
Needless to say, we're excited. Instead of one great band, looks like we now have two.