Golden Sombrero originally formed during the summer of 2012 in Bryan/College Station as a new collaboration between members of other area bands such as Mike The Engineer, Pearl Light Specials, and The Ex-Optimists. From the beginning it has been a songwriter based project to make good tunes in loud garage rock setting. Original influences of the band included Deer Tick, The Replacements, and Neil Young’s work with Crazy Horse.
In 2013 the majority of the band moved to Houston and its sound further transformed. Bands like Superchunk, Love as Laughter, and Television started to influence the newer material, and country-rock vibes gave a bit of ground to pop hooks. The lineup went down to a 3-piece and then back to its original 4-piece, two guitar setup, but throughout the band has always been populated by friends.
Between Bryan/College Station and Houston, Golden Sombrero has played a variety of places, including Walters Downtown, Revolution Café and Bar, Mango's, Rudyard's British Pub, Grand Stafford Theater, Notsuoh, the Alley Kat Bar & Lounge, AvantGarden, Zapatos Cantina, Super Happy Fun Land, and The White Swan. Free Press Houston has said that Golden Sombrero plays “their blend of rock meets garage pop" and "they kind of sound like Cheap Girls." B/CS Loud!Fest said, "these recent Houston transplants make really really smart bar rock & roll with hints of honky tonk, classic rock bombast and ground zero NYC art-punk." They once had H.I. McDunnough on a show poster. In February 2015 the band began recording what will be their first album, to be released in June on Sinkhole Texas, Inc. The only disappointing thing about Golden Sombrero is that they never covered “Hair of the Dog”.
Race to the Moon draws on its punk and indie rock influences to create driving, sophisticated music. Four recent transplants to Houston joined forces with a shared love of Wilco, Dinosaur Jr., and high energy live performances to create a charging rock band. RTTM started its journey in June 2012 and is gaining steam, bringing rock energy and dynamic songwriting into the local Houston scene.
Corusco is a band that is trying to find the balance between joy and sorrow. We are quiet, loud, and everything in between.