From the ashes of one of my favorite Austin bands, The Fall Collection, Gentlemen Rogues arrived on the Austin music scene in 2010. I didn't learn about them until I went to see one of my favorite UK bands, Field Music, at Emo's in late September. I ran into lead singer/guitarist, Danny Dunlap, at the venue and learned that his new band, Gentlemen Rogues, was opening for Field Music. Although I hadn't yet heard Gentlemen Rogues' songs yet, I had a feeling this would be a good fit recalling The Fall Collection's Anglophile influences (The Clash and The Jam are 2 examples).
I wasn't sure what to expect since a couple of years had passed since The Fall Collection stopped playing. I had a bit of a flashback with the familiar sounds I love (a catchy mix of power pop, punk, and a bit of British indie rock) but Gentlemen Rogues added some extra power with a second guitarist. I think I dorked out just a little when I saw Danny was still playing a left-handed Rickenbacker guitar. I'm a sucker for that jangly yet crunchy sound - what can I say ;-) ? The infectious tunes and energetic stage presence are what I remember from the past but those are also the qualities that have won me over in the present time. Gentlemen Rogues have released a self titled 3 song EP that is currently available at their shows. You can also preview their tunes online on their MySpace page. Information and updates are also available on their Facebook page. Keep an eye out for Gentlemen Rogues in 2011 - definitely a band to watch.