The Couch Blues Rock

Austin-based rock band The Couch was conceived like many, on a couch in college through a series of parties and the not-so-uncommon noise complaint. Hailing from San Marcos, and specifically Texas State University, a story like this may be expected. Though the band has moved to Austin and no longer call “The Couch House” home, the guys have paid their dues, recorded their first full-length album, added a new member, and developed a serious sound of stompy, danceable blues-rock.

The band has fostered a growing reputation, performing regionally and locally at many reputable festivals and venues including Dia De Los Toadies, Stubb’s outside stage, Texas Music Theater, Wild Frontier Fest, Mr. Fest and Mohawk. They have opened for the Toadies three times (Austin, Houston and Wimberley) and bumped stages with The Bright Light Social Hour, Shwayze, Zlam Dunk, The Happen-Ins and many Austin local favorites.

The band’s first single “Close To You”, a rhythmic, summer anthem track from their EP released in the summer of 2011, was featured as KUT’s “song of the day”. Their second single, “The Way You Came” falls into a similar category, melding true rock with blues and soul, while combining a danceable beat with unrelenting lyrics.

The band began as a three-piece (whose members also play in The Calm Blue Sea and Frank Smith) comprised of Taylor Wilkins (guitarist, vocals), Jud Johnson (percussion) and Kyle Robarge (bassist). Since recording the album, The Couch has added multi-instrumentalist Sara Houser (keys, piano, guitar, vocals) to add to the overall aesthetic of the band’s developing sound.

Old and Touchin’ Blue was recorded, mixed and mastered by Lars Goransson at Sounds Outrageous Studio in Austin, Texas. The band recorded in three sessions beginning in February 2010, and released a few songs in the summer of 2011 available via download. After taking the best five tracks from the first two recording sessions, The Couch finished Old and Touchin’ Blue in October 2011, adding four tracks to complete the final album. The album represents the band’s developing personality and sound while retaining their original raw elements of roots rock and roll.

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