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Austin Meade – ‘Abstract Art of An Unstable Mind’

Snakefarm Records
Ty Segall, Gary Clark Jr, Left Lane Cruiser, 20 Watt Tombstone
Release Date
October 14, 2022
Snakefarm Records
Blues Rock/Hard Rock

The Red Dirt Music of Texas breeds a special lot. With a rich history of great writers and even greater musicians, the Lone Star State apparently has bestowed all its magic on Austin Meade. A high-caliber lyricist, Meade paints brilliant character-driven portraits. Whether addressing relationships, black-label vices, life on the road, or just life in his own headspace, ‘Abstract…’ is soul-baring while challenging the listener to self-introspection. Occasionally featuring salty language and peppery subject matter, Meade masterfully lays down the basis for his stories, yet doesn’t quite color in the details. Those are left up to the listener, a musical Rorschach test, if you will.

Musically, ‘Abstract…’ straddles a few lines somewhere between COC and Cross Canadian Ragweed (trust me, Meade knows the latter). At times, songs are sparse and gritty, featuring zipped-up riffs, then transitioning to smoldering Blues-tinged Rock. It is unapologetically all over the place at times, yet Meade makes it all work. Equally at home in a ’75 El Camino or waterfront Boca Raton spread, ‘Abstract…’ is a joyride through one man’s well traveled mind. I can only imagine what he didn’t write about. 

Meade strikes a near-flawless balance of intriguing lyrics and music that moves the soul as well as the feet. And he’s just getting started. One to watch for sure.

"a joyride through one man's well traveled mind"

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