Austin, TX’s Texas Never Whispers is a southern indie-rock band named after the early Pavement song of the same name. The band’s founder and principal songwriter Tim Regan (of underground stalwarts Oh No Oh My, Snowglobe, and Antenna Shoes) chose the name because Pavement was his first true musical choice and obsession as a teenager, void of any outside or peer-based influence.
“I just remember hearing this amazing feedback and a wild singing voice,” says Regan. “I grabbed a cassette tape with tape over the tabs and recorded an entire EP off the radio, and proceeded to wear it out.”
A young man truly coming into his own - much like the older, wiser Regan in his latest project, Texas Never Whispers.
The band has taken a giant leap forward on their newest EP The Further I Go West, which comes out September 9, 2016 on Super Sonic Sounds Records. Spurning from Regan’s recent divorce, the songwriting on The Further I Go West finds Texas Never Whispers exploring a single theme - heartbreak - through different perspectives and lenses. He asks in “This is Your Life”, “If you only get out what you put in / what is it going to take for my life to begin”, and wonders in “Lucky Shakes”, “Could it be / that you and me / can finally get our shit together?”
The band, which includes Regan, Joel Calvin, Greg Barkley, Momin Ahmad, and Daniel Wilcox, also had some friends join in the process. Sabrina Ellis (from Sweet Spirit and A Giant Dog) joined Regan for the rock duet “This is Your Life,” and Steve Selvidge (from The Hold Steady, The Donkeys and Big Ass Truck) laid down guitar on “This is Your life” and “All I Need”.
The Further I Go West is a very autumnal record with a wide and natural sonic palate recorded at the famous Shelby Foote Mansion in Memphis, TN by acclaimed producer/engineer Kevin Cubbins and Daniel Hoxmeier and mixed by Grammy Award Winner Stuart Sikes.
“This record is very much a catharsis for me,” says Regan. “The songs are recorded raw and live without too much embellishments. I really feel I was strangely able to be more open and honest in my writing than I am in the real world.”