Speak – “Peaks”
Pairs Well With…Passion Pit, Foster the People, The Limousines
Perennial OEB favorite, Austin’s own Speak, came out swinging this year with “Peaks”, perhaps the band’s strongest effort to date. A sentimental look back musically and lyrically, “Peaks” is an excellent preview of what’s to come from this promising electronic rock outfit. The vocal breakdown at about ¾ in is genius, by the way.
2013 Review: Unfortunately, I don’t have much to report on Speak’s front since last year’s review, but they did recently post this acoustic video of “Too Afraid”. It’s interesting to see this dramatically different angle from the Austin mainstay and will hopefully influence whatever they have up their sleeves for 2013.
2012 Review: There are definitely going to more than a few electronic rock artists at SXSW this year. Austin’s own, SPEAK, stands out for their bright demeanor combined with a really nice sense of melody. Their songs are highly danceable, but still can warrant a serious listen depending on one’s mood. This kind of gives the band a similar vibe as Foster the People, a proven sound this year. Judging from Facebook updates, it seems like the band is in the middle recording the follow-up to the impressive album I Believe in Everything (available for streaming on their website). SPEAK will certainly draw out a fair share of local supporters, but be on the lookout for some national attention for the young and evolving band.