Written by Allison Johnson
Noise pop duo Gauntlet Hair released their second album, Stills, on July 16, and are receiving generally positive reviews. Their self-titled debut was released back in 2011 to similar reviews, with Pitchfork calling it a “compelling demonstration of the band's knack for headphones-friendly fist-pumpers.” The overall feel of Stills is similar to their debut album, but it highlights the duo’s vocals more, creating a larger, more open sound.
Band members Andy R and Craig Nice relocated from Chicago to Denver a few years ago to capture a sound that could only be found near the Rocky Mountains. They belong to a small, yet influential DIY music scene that includes other notable SXSW performers like Pictureplane and Woodsman.
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