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Penny Loafer Presents MCG at COLLiDE atx
May 17, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pmFree
On May 14, Austin-based quintet MCG will premiere their second album, Outside EP, with The Huffington Post describing the record as “Wrought with sublime vocals, uplifting instrumentals, and relatable lyrics.” Outside was produced by Grammy-nominated Chris “Frenchie” Smith (Built to Spill, The Dandy Warhols, Ringo Deathstar, Wild Child) and is now available on Spotify and Bandcamp. Though a sophomore release for MCG’s lead singer, Mariclaire Gamble, Outside, is the first studio album of the 5-piece band that has now been playing shows together for over a year. The maturity of the group is audible in the new recordings. With the help of Frenchie Smith, the indie-pop quintet has taken the thrill of their polished live act and successfully printed it on to a 7″ vinyl and digital download featuring a third bonus track. The lead track and first single, “Start Over,” elicits 90s dream-pop elements reminiscent of The Cardigans and showcases Mariclaire Gamble’s ability to write lyrics that are personal and relatable. “Bombs Away” is an explosive rock track about a jilted lover and her aeronautic plan for revenge. Listeners will be taken by Gamble’s vocal range and power in the song’s climax. Lastly, the title track, “Outside,” features electrifying guitar work from David Tenczar and Andrew Bennett, and is another example of the characteristic vulnerability in Gamble’s writing, as the narrator recounts the difficulty of impending change and the stumbling blocks of depression.