Posts Tagged ‘Electric Touch’

Big Tex in Flames This Morning – Texas Mourns the Loss of an Icon

Posted by    |    October 19th, 2012 at 11:11 am

big tex in flames

photo courtesy of Lynda Kingsley

Today we say farewell to one of Dallas’ favorite icons, Big Tex. The 60-year-old Texan went up in flames Friday morning at Fair Park due to what the fair’s vice president of marketing believes to be the result of an electrical short.

Tex’s hands are the only casualties of the fire that engulfed the 70-foot figure within 5 minutes. Big Tex has been the star of the State Fair of Texas since his first appearance in 1952.

The fairgrounds remain open but it will be a strange and solemn day indeed without a warm greeting from the tallest man in Dallas.

Video Coverage from KWTX


Electric Touch Knows What They’re Doin’; Doin’ it Well, and Doin’ it for a Very Long Time

Posted by    |    December 12th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

There is only one band whose collective members could each fit into your favorite pair of skinny jeans. They are Electric Touch, and chances are that you, dear reader, (not unlike your skin-tight skinnies) fit into one of these categories: you have already seen them on tour, or you are about to see them on tour.

The Austin, TX-based band recently performed at Curtain Club in Deep Ellum and at 102.1 the Edge’s ‘How the Edge Stole Christmas’, sharing the bill with the likes of the Joy Formidable, Rise Against and Taking Back Sunday.

Electric Touch’s 2012 touring schedule is packed basically all the way through next May; they just announced a handful of January tour dates supporting Evanescence and Rival Sons, and they will be back in the Big D next March, touring with AMA Best New Artist Hot Chelle Rae. Here’s hoping the band has gotten used to fitting their lives into a suitcase (shouldn’t be too hard given the relative size of the aforementioned skinny jeans).

Last week, Electric Touch premiered their first-ever music video for single “Don’t Stop” on the Vevo homepage, racking up a profound number of views. The label Island Def-Jam video features a dance party that takes place around the band performing in what appears to be an abandoned Brooklyn apartment complex. A prototypical party scene unfolds as twenty-somethings bust a move and experience a vibrant downpour of confetti. You know, just your average house party. Check it out below:

Electric Touch’s latest EP “Don’t Stop” is now available on iTunes

Panic! At The Disco, The Airborne Toxic Event, and The Dirty Heads Rock Edgefest

Posted by    |    May 3rd, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Edgefest is like Six Flags for music fans. It’s hot, totally crowded, and smells like funnel cake. But you don’t care because Weezer is on stage taking the form of Batman The Ride and Jane’s Addiction gives you whiplash like the stomach-churning Titan, and your ‘go fast’ pass doesn’t expire until the park closes with the final blow of the amplifiers and your 12-hour beer buzz has finally worn off. Heavy.

Panic At The Disco @ EDGEfest 21
“Brendon Urie, will you marry me?” reads a sign in the audience for the Panic! At The Disco frontman. Panic! exploded all over mainstream radio in 2006 in the form of top hats, canes and odd circus folk dressed in violet crushed velvet tuxedos. “We’re going to try to sweat a little more than you guys, if that’s possible,” said Urie, wearing the traditional Panic! garb of tight vests and white shirts. The energy was totally there, but his upper register was just left of par. Like if Tiger Woods accidentally rotated his stance five degrees west. (more…)

Edgefest Interview with Electric Touch

Posted by    |    May 2nd, 2011 at 7:46 pm

“Just a couple of questions.”

“You got it.”

It’s good to be Electric Touch. They’ve been invited to play virtually every important festival this side of the solstice, and this past Saturday, Edgefest got a glimmer of the up-and-coming rockers in the hot hot sun. I caught up with lead singer Shane Lawlor to hear about his time onstage at Pizza Hut Park.

Laura: So tell me about your Edgefest experience.

Shane: [Laughs] It was amazing. It was fantastic – seeing that many people is just a trip. Early – it was very, very early – but I think we just gave it everything.  It was a great way to start the day. I love it here. I could play this place every week.  It’d be fine with me.

L: What’s different about Dallas fans as opposed to other cities where you tour?

S: Well, Dallas, and Texas in general, the people are really supportive. They often have wonderful personalities. And they’re not ashamed to have a good time. They’re not worried about how they look, and when they’re having a good time, they just go for it, as opposed to some cities where some people feel like they’re maybe looking in the mirror instead of at the band. In Texas, people come to a rock & roll show to experience rock & roll, and have a good time. They’re not afraid to have a good time and make some noise. So it’s brilliant, you know? Yeah, it’s wicked. (more…)

Brit Shane Lawlor, frontman of Austin band Electric Touch, tells us about Edgefest excitement, and the best thing Texas has to offer

Posted by    |    April 8th, 2011 at 10:57 am

Americans are good for our obsessions with rock & roll music and British accents. The band Electric Touch is an all-in-one package wrapped in vinyl and tied with a guitar string. Fresh from a stint at SXSW and moving toward, oh you know, Coachella; the Austin-based band is steadily lighting the music world on fire one supercharged stage at a time. We caught up with frontman Shane Lawlor to see how he’s handling the perpetual stage-hopping.  And to hear him speak.

Alright – why did you jump ship from London to the states, and land in Austin, of all places?

I was a bit of a musician ever since I was in school really; I was in a band in England, and we got signed in America. I always wanted to follow my dreams and come [to America] to play rock & roll music. I fell in love with the place, and I met Christopher, our lead guitarist. It was complete chance that it happened; twist of fate, really, and we just ended up staying in Austin. I like it here a lot; when we got signed to Island [Records] we did some time in New York, and New York was wonderful. We moved to LA to record with Howard Benson, (Grammy-nominated Producer of the Year) and we just got back to Texas at the start of the year, so it feels like coming home, really. You come to Texas, and people are just friendly. (more…)