Band To Watch

Band To Watch: Megafaun

By brandon / February 14, 2008 - 2:46 pm

On their debut Bury The Square, Raleigh-via-Eau Clair trio Megafaun neatly splice together different strands of sounds, whether it’s tape manipulated hoedowns (“Tired And Troubled”) mournful, slow-blooming banjo-and-white-noise-laced epics (“Where We Belong”), or the rural barbershop doo wop of “Find Your Mark.” Focusing on a wide palette of instrumentation, but always coming back to their soaring three-part harmonies, it’s easy to see why Akron/Family contacted them out of the blue and asked them to support them on a six-week tour: Megafaun opens, then joins Akron plus excellent sound manipulator Greg Davis on-stage as a supergroup of sorts. When they’re on their own as Megafaun, the group consists of brother Brad and Phil Cook, along with Joe Westerlund. All three played in DeYarmond Edison with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), and Brad co-owns Burlytime Records (with Pitchfork scribe Grayson Currin), the label that put out Bowerbirds and Horseback last year. Enough talking points? Take a listen to “Find Your Mark” and “Lazy Suicide,” a countrified junk shop ramble, after the jump.

BTW: Megafaun

Megafaun – “Find Your Mark” (MP3)
Megafaun – “Lazy Suicide” (MP3)

The way “Lazy Suicide” builds into ragged psychedelia before returning to strong, sorta forceful harmonies is a good example of why we’re digging these guys.

Bury The Square is out 2/19 on Radium/Table Of The Elements. You can also catch them live. In addition to these dates, expect a headlining tour in April and May.

03/02 – Allston, MA @ Harper’s Ferry *
03/04 – Middletown, CT @ Wesleyan College *
03/05 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwells *
03/06 – New York, NY @ NYU Kimmel Center
03/07 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Andy Warhol Museum *
03/08 – Princeton, NJ @ Terrace Club, Princeton University *
03/09 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java *
03/13 – Austin, TX @ Hideout Theatre (SXSW) ^
03/14 – Austin, TX @ Flamingo Cantina (SXSW) >
03/15 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Inside Room (SXSW) >

* supporting/performing as Akron/Family
> performing as Akron/Family
^ Table of the Elements/Radium showcase w/ Outsiders faves Jon Mueller and Collections of Colonies of Bees plus Neptune and Northhampton Wools (Thurston Moore)