The Deaf Ears
Recording and Live Project 2008-2010
The Deaf Ears arose from the ashes of Austin’s acclaimed indie-pop quintet Tammany Hall Machine. Featuring three ex-members of THM, as well as ex-Halley drummer Scott Oliphant (who engineered and coproduced THM’s final album), The Deaf Ears are in many ways a leaner and more cohesive extension of the THM sound. In fact, some of the band’s songs are leftovers from the THM era.
The band’s debut album, Live Forever, was a critical smash. In an age when most commercial recordings are edited and auto-tuned to death, The Deaf Ears chose to leave their tracks raw and untouched—stray handclaps, closing doors, and all. Every track was recorded to 2-inch tape, and absolutely no computer edits were made. The result is the organic sound of living musicians playing real instruments in an actual room.
Written by Joel Mullins: http://www.joelmullins.com/
“Why beat around the bush. The Deaf Ears have crafted one of Austin’s best indie rock albums of the year…so refreshing and compelling that I haven’t taken [it] out of my car stereo since I popped it in two weeks ago…one of the best debut albums I’ve heard from a band…Every song on this CD is magical.”
“Former Tammany Hall Machine conductor Joel Mullins picks up right where he left off, opening his new quartet’s debut with an energetic, piano-pop punch…”
“Live Forever, The Deaf Ears’ debut album, is proof positive that sometimes when things fall apart, things can actually come together…sounds like it was poured out of a whiskey bottle and straight into a dive bar jukebox.”
Honorable Mention in the Best Austin Albums of 2009