Austin quartet Pompeii announce third album ‘LOOM’, share striking first track “Blueprint” with PureVolume; ‘LOOM’ out 10/14/14 on Austin’s Red Eye Transit

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Sunday, August 17, 2014

It has been a while since I’ve heard Austin’s Pompeii. I reviewed the band’s debut Assembly back in 2007 and found it to be enjoyable but not quite something that was truly special. I missed out on their sophomore effort two years later, but now it looks like I’ll have another chance to give this group an in-depth listen. Pompeii will release their new album LOOM on Red Eye Transit October 14th, and they’ve released the single “Blueprint.” It’s a song that made a strong first impression on me with a strong initial hook that builds up into a stunning climax at the end. I get the impression that these guys have come a long way, and I’m interested in checking out more.

Austin, TX quartet Pompeii, made up of Dean Stafford (vocals/guitar), Erik Johnson (guitar/keys), Colin Butler (bass), and Rob Davidson (drums) return after a five year hiatus with their third and most strking album to date, LOOM. Formed in Austin, TX in 2004, Pompeii’s first two albums, Assembly (2006) and Nothing Happens for a Reason (2008), were released on Eyeball Records, and garnered them comparisions to My Bloody Valentine, Sigur Rós and Mogwai. On LOOM, the band returns to the signature sound they have become known for regionally, weaving delicate ambient sounds into large dynamic crescendos. However, the band, looking to make a larger statement with their first album in many years, enlisted enlisted the help of engineer Erik Wofford of Cacophony Recorders (Explosions in the Sky, Okkervil River, My Morning Jacket), Jeff Lipton of Peerless Mastering (Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, The Magnetic Fields) as well as Austin’s Tosca String Quartet (who have performed with David Byrne, Lambchop, Voxtrot among many others) to round out their unique melodious sound. Today, PureVolume has shared the stirring first track off of LOOM, “Blueprint”, inspired by the band’s love of The Jesus and Mary Chain and Slowdive.

LOOM will be released October 14th, 2014 on Austin’s Red Eye Transit.


Out October 14th, 2014 on Red Eye Transit

Celtic Mist
So Close
Frozen Planet
Frozen Reprise


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