Austin Bullock is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer based in Providence, Rhode Island. Playing a unique blend of fuzzy garage rock and modern psychedelia, he has been highlighted by music publications for his refreshing approach to rock music since his debut album came out in 2018. Stylistically his music over the last year has been compared to Franz Ferdinand, Mac Demarco, Rayland Baxter, and The Black Keys.
Coming off of 3 solo EP releases and multiple appearances as featured guitarist in 2020, Austin released his latest single Human Magnets on June 25, 2021. Always exploring and enhancing his process in the studio, the latest single draws on latin and alternative rock influences, featuring melodic acoustic guitars, grooving percussion, and harmonious vocals. While only a few more singles will be released in 2021, Austin has 2 collaboration projects coming out this year alongside multiple appearances as a featured guitarist in songs by Hip Hop producers based in Boston and New York City. Austin also serves as co-founder and lead guitarist of Boston-based rock band Binge Magick. Check out the Music page to learn more.
On stage, Austin performs as a duo with Lauren Boucher on drums. They played over 20 shows around New England from March 2019 to March 2020 until concert venues were forced to close. During 2020, the duo began renting a full-time rehearsal space and have been practicing diligently, treating the space like a second home, to make a powerful return to the live music scene. Now live music is back and new dates are on the calendar! Check out the Shows page to see where they are playing next.Read reviews of Austin's music below.
Press and Reviews
Part of Me,” the Providence, Rhode Island-based artist shows a more spacious, contemplative sound here — with a calming psych-tinged quality. The vocal backing reflection at 01:20, followed by a spirited organ push, makes for a nice sequence of events; the verses throughout achieve a similarly hypnotic charm. “Kings And Cattle” is another winner from Bullock.
Austin Bullock, who detonates inside your speakers with sick bravado. The Providence resident recently released Wasted 8, an album that pays tribute to garage rock and all its gritty complexities and simplicities. Tracks like “Don’t Be Like That” are easy-going in the verses, featuring cheery acoustic guitar strums that slowly disappear into the distortion that permeates the choruses. “Halo” features a slow-slithering bassline underneath hot vocals and psych-tinged ambiances that anesthetize away worries. “Not for Sale” accelerates into a beautiful mix of ‘70s punk and early ‘00s revival: past meets present and it rocks. The record has fight in it and that we need right now indeed; stream “Not for Sale” below for a trip well worth the time. – Rene Cobar
Compared to his previous albums, this is a weird(er) version of Rhode Island based Austin Bullock, but ultimately way more compelling.
The following announcement accompanies the release on Bandcamp:
Wasted 8 is the first of 3 albums being released in 2020. These 3 albums fit the theme of “8 hours labor, 8 hours recreation, 8 hours rest.” Each album has 8 songs, each symbolizing an hour of the day, adding up to 24 total songs to symbolize the 24 hours in a day.
Certainly an ambitious project, the above excerpt succinctly explains the sort of post-apocalytic/restorative sound that typifies the album’s juxtaposition of power-pop / fuzz and post-punk. Perhaps beneath these vague reference point there are two primary stylistics that dominate.
Initially, the hyperkineticism of Sound The Alarm (see below), Interpretation and Halo course isolated, metronomic jangled riffs, behind psychedelia that just about stop short of where the dangerous territory of post rock begins. The tracks are sparse, creating an atmosphere that force deliberation about aural soundscapes that are largely left to the readers interpretation.
If the above tracks often allow post-punk atmospheres to dominate the more melodic psyche inflections, the melodies in tracks such as Don’t Be Like That (see below), Waste Case, Not For Sale allow Bullock’s propensity for heavily fuzzed power-pop to accentuate his ability to step into melodic ear-worm territory.
As always with Bullock, it is the sort of power-pop that will never really get your Auntie and Uncles ‘bopping’ at familiy weddings, but more crucially, the sort that adds the modernity of ‘leftfield’, to a sound that might just about keep the genre alive in these times of perpetual plagiarism.
Multi release projects like this can sometimes implode in a sense of the artist’s own ‘concept’. However, if the remaining two albums can simultaneously stay the right side of bizarre and just the other side of traditional power-pop, then this act is going to be a ‘must follow’ in 2020.
Wasted 8 (2020), has just been released with songs as appetizing as Don’t Be Like That, a song that combines country and grunge with a playful lyric, contagious guitar riffs, and a spacey atmosphere. An interesting proposal full of talent…
The group promises 3 albums in 2020, let’s hope they manage to produce as much and that these releases will be received with sympathy.
Cloud Nothings. The chorus reveals anthemic replay value, with shades of Anthony Kiedis in the vocal tone. “Part Of Me” is a loose, fun rocker that has me anticipating Wasted 8. Regarding the track, Bullock says: “This song is inspired by the overwhelming feeling of falling in love and becoming something more than yourself. Having your plans smashed and being swept away in a new direction, in the best way.”