|The Sour Notes
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Web site: http://www.thesournotes.com/
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The Sour Notes are an American independent rock band based in Austin, Texas, consisting of members Jared Boulanger, Elaine Greer, Andrew Stevens, Chris Page & Amarah Ulghani.
Formed initially as the moniker for singer/songwriter Jared Boulanger’s solo recording project while living in Houston, Texas, upon the completion of a completely self-recorded debut album The Meat of the Fruit (2008) , Boulanger followed long-time friend Chris Page to Austin, TX with the intention of creating a performing band together. There they recorded their first collaborative effort, second album Received in Bitterness (2009). After a brief East Coast tour in support of the album, the band recorded 7-inch single, Never Mix, Never Worry which displayed a new direction for The Sour Notes’ characteristically evolving sound. Later that year, multi-instrumentalist Elaine Greer joined the band during the recording of their third album It’s Not Gonna Be Pretty which was released in January 2010 to much critical acclaim. Following a 2-week tour in support of the album, The Sour Notes were selected as an official showcasing artist at the 2010 SXSW Music Festival, opening for We Are Scientists at the Official SXSWi Closing Party and Daniel Johnston‘s only Austin, TX show that summer.
The band spent the majority of 2010 playing over 60 shows in and around the US now with Amarah Ulghani on bass, including the Free Press Summer Fest in Houston, Pitter Patter Fest in Toronto and the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City. At the turn of 2011, The Sour Notes toured the East Coast, released 7-inch single Hot Pink Flares and their 4th album Last Looks in early February, which features contributions by orchestral pop band Mother Falcon.
In March 2011, The Sour Notes were invited to play at 35 Conferette in Denton, Texas and made 10 appearances during the weeklong SXSW Music Festival. That April, “scene fixture” Andrew Stevens joined the band on drums. The band toured in support of Last Looks in the Summer of 2011, showcased officially at the 2011 NXNE Music Festival in Toronto and the third annual Free Press Summerfest in Houston, TX. They are scheduled to perform at CMJ Music Marathon 2011 this fall and are working on a new 7inch split with rising locals Marmalakes set for release in January 2012, with a vinyl release of Last Looks to coincide and a summer 2012 release for their 5th album tentatively titled “Do What May“. At the current time, The Sour Notes remain unsigned and have thus self released all 4 of their albums and both 7inches.