The brothers Curtis along with drummer John Garza are well known for their up-tempo, emotional indie-pop sound colored with effects-layered vocals, keys and guitars. Their lyrics, though cryptic to the point of confusing at times, are far from light fare; expect heartfelt, energetic recollections of touring hardships, social issues and, of course, love. Their crisp, catchy production wrapped in jam-heavy, five-to-six-minute songs has a storytelling quality not typically found in the subgenre. However, readers in search of comparison will hear similarities to Pinback and Snow Patrol. The Secret Machines have achieved much since their start in Dallas and are quickly carving their niche in the indie-rock mountainside. (John Alex Colón)
August 4 at Darkroom.