Keeled Scales introduce their latest signing, Good Looks, the Austin-based project led by Tyler Jordan (rhythm guitar, lead vocals) alongside Jake Ames (guitar), Robert Cherry (bass), and Phillip Dunne (drums). In conjunction, they announce their debut album, Bummer Year, out April 8th, a North American tour, and present their lead single and video “Almost Automatic.” Bummer Year, recorded and produced by Dan Duszynski, is a record about learning to take care of yourself and tending to relationships that nourish you while wrestling the weak ones away. The songs reflect on what it is to gut your way through your twenties, learning when to apologize and when you’ve got to live with what you said, because you meant it. At heart it’s a folk record with genuine Texas twang, built out with the engine of a rock band churning hot, willing to be delicate. The lyrics are nuanced and layered, political, and playful. It’s a vulnerable album that earnestly and unabashedly reaches for your attention, then offers up a relationship.
The empathy in the every day is what lies at the heart of these protest songs, ultimately more Randy Newman than Bob Dylan. Good Looks is a bar band searching for common ground and yearning for a better system.
GOOD LOOKS TOUR DATES
Fri. Jan. 21 – Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
Sat. Feb. 12 – Austin, TX @ Long Play East
Tue. Feb. 15 – Fort Worth, TX @ MASS
Wed. Feb. 16 – Tulsa, OK @ Soundpony
Fri. Feb. 18 – Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
Mon. Feb. 21 – Chicago, IL @ Cole’s
Tue. Feb. 22 – Indianapolis, IN @ Healer
Wed. Feb. 23 – Nashville, TN @ The End
Thu. Feb. 24 – Little Rock, AR @ Whitewater Tavern