Sam's Burger Joint & San Antonio Blues Society Presents:
Western Youth, Dave Scher
Fri, January 18, 2019
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
This event is 18 and over
NO Seating GUARANTEED. Any Seating Available is on a First Come, First Served Basis. NO REFUNDS all sales final.
All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. - $12 Advance/ $15 Day of Show/ $50 Reserved Booth
Languid guitar chords give way to Tessmer’s gloomy assessment of his past life: “Seems like every day’s the same/ I want everything but me to change/ I don’t want to be the way I am.” Tessmer finally finished the song and achieved his sonic vision with the help of multiplatinum producer Sean Beavan (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson). “Good So Bad” is a radical departure from the guitarist’s earliest recordings--bone-dry live performances showcasing the six-string wizardry that first earned him attention when he crash-landed in Austin 15 years ago. Tessmer still flexes his furious fretwork on “Good So Bad,” but the song’s slinky hooks come from a different instrument: his voice. “Sean got the best vocal performances because he was like, ‘Don’t do anything to your voice; just relax and sing the song,” Tessmer says. The starkly confessional tone of “Good So Bad” also shows how far he’s come as a lyricist. “It got me thinking about being the elephant in the room,” Tessmer says. “Oh gosh, why am I always drunk all the time? I’m just a musician. That’s just what we do. But no, it’s not, really.” The mournful, stuck-in-a-rut Tessmer of “Good So Bad’ is far removed from the real-life Tessmer, whose sobriety lent him a newfound clarity while writing. “I wasn’t hiding behind anything.” Life hurts, sure, but sometimes it does work out-- as long as you’re willing to show up and put in the work to get the results. Eric Tessmer wanted to be good so bad. This is his journey.
Five years in the making, Western Youth’s first full-length album has finally arrived. The band has done a lot of growing up since then, seeing its members through the life changes that accompany waxing youth - weddings, babies, careers, settling down, starting over.
The self-titled album is colored by these changes, touching on unfulfilled dreams, honest and flawed relationships, an uncertain world - shot through with glimpses of light streaming in through the cracks.
The result of all this is an evolved but still defiant Western Youth - introspective and poetic, but full of piss and vinegar, a unique sound that staggers artfully between rock n' roll, folk, americana, and something, well, more grown up.
Austin's own Dave Scher is a current staple in the Texas live music scene. Working as a sideman for various independent artists and many different cover/function bands, Dave is involved every waking day in the performance of his own or someone else's music. He has released 2 full length albums of his own material and has been performing his music around the Austin metroplex for several years now, both as a singer/songwriter and as a guitar slinger. Catch his name-sake trio, or a solo acoustic performance of Dave's at a venue near you! See both outfits; they're each their own independent show-stopper!