Rigorous Proof, a longtime Reno quartet, has spent the last few months continuing a deliberate promotional campaign for its most recent album, “Perspectives.” Released locally in January 2015, it just recently became available on iTunes and Spotify.
As the title suggests, this isn’t a straight ahead shot of rock and roll but rather a measured attempt at showcasing the band’s versatility. Songs such as the Maroon 5-esque “Perspective” and the modern sounding “Don’t Call Me Montezuma” are far cries from what one would expect from the Kinks-obsessed four-piece and that’s exactly the point.
Even as the boys’ milieus snake from funky to raucous to spacey, they retain their identities in their capacity for strong musicianship and tight, efficient songwriting.
Be sure to catch Rigorous Proof’s next show on May 6 at The Saint with Scott Pemberton.
The members of City Wolves are ready for more. After two and a half years of grinding it out at The Holland Project and local house shows the Reno-based rock band is gearing up to hit the road. After their FM Concert Hall show with Bay Area bands Grass Fire and The Branka this Friday, April 8, the quartet heads down I-80 with them for a show at Caravan Lounge in San Jose on Saturday, April 9.
City Wolves has been busy as of late, releasing a split with fellow Reno group Skinwalkers and its brooding new single “Limerence” all within the last few months but even that hasn’t satiated the young band’s thirst for progress. The group has a new EP in the mixing stages, two music videos slated for release, and plans to tour this summer.
As relentless as the band’s drive may seem, bassist Watson Meyer has been conflicted about performing in the past, “I was honestly sickened by the whole ‘look at me!’ part of music.” Meyer went on to explain that it wasn’t until he saw a 12 year-old kid wearing their shirt and singing along to their songs that he realized the power they have to make a positive impact in people’s lives.
For many bands it’s difficult to gain momentum outside of their home base but with the determination and know-how City Wolves has gained in its short tenure, there surely won’t be any insurmountable problems.
Jake Houston & The Royal Flush
Reno’s own country troubadour recently led his band to Prairie Sun Recording in Cotati, California, to record its new album. While the effort is still untitled, it’s due out in June or July and was completely recorded over three days with Zachary Girdis and Kevin Bosley handling the producing, recording and mixing duties.
If Houston and company’s knack for energetic yet personal live performances are any indication, the new album will be on repeat in the local scene as soon as it’s released.