The Sour Notes

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The Sour Notes
Sour Notes at Holy Mountain in Austin, TX.jpg
The Sour Notes performing at Holy Mountain in Austin, Texas, February 2013
Background information
Origin Austin, Texas, U.S.
Genres Indie rock, dream pop
Years active 2008–present
Members Jared Boulanger
Amarah Ulghani
Erin Howell
Chris Page
Yola Blake
Past members Elaine Greer
Taylor Steinberg
Kelly Dewitt
Andrew Stevens
Erin Mikulenka
Travis Hackett
Justin Selman
Brandi Dipietro
Courtney Howell
Rene Chavez
Jessica Kim

The Sour Notes are an American independent rock band.

Based in Austin, Texas, The Sour Notes are Jared Boulanger (vocals, guitar, piano), Amarah Ulghani (bass, synth), Erin Howell (drums, bass), Chris Page (guitar, synth) & Yola Blake (vocals, percussion). They are known for experimenting in many different music genres and have shared the stage with such diverse bands as The Dandy Warhols, Of Montreal, Foxygen, Future Islands, We Are Scientists, Marnie Stern and Daniel Johnston.


The Sour Notes formed initially as the moniker for singer-songwriter Jared Boulanger's solo recording project while living in Houston, Texas. Upon finishing what would later be his debut album The Meat of the Fruit[1] in 2008, Boulanger asked long-time friend Chris Page to join him in creating a performing band in Austin. There, they met drummer Travis Hackett and bassist Brandi Dipietro through mutual friends and after having played only eight shows together, recorded The Sour Notes' second album, Received in Bitterness in the laundry room of their East Austin home, using just two microphones.

In Winter 2009, the band hit the road on their first East Coast tour just before releasing 7-inch single "Never Mix, Never Worry", which displayed a new direction for The Sour Notes' characteristically evolving sound. Later that year, bassist Brandi Dipietro left the band, causing The Sour Notes to incorporate live electronics with sequenced bass parts into their live performance. Shortly after, keyboardist Elaine Greer joined the band during the recording of their third album, It's Not Gonna Be Pretty,[2] which was released in January 2010 to much critical acclaim. Following an East Coast tour in support of the album, The Sour Notes were selected as an official showcasing artist at the 2010 SXSW Music Festival, opening for We Are Scientists at the Official SXSWi Closing Party and Daniel Johnston's only Austin, Texas show that summer.

The Sour Notes performing live on air at KVRX 91.7 FM in Austin, Texas

The band spent the remainder of 2010 touring with numerous additions to the band, including Amarah Ulghani, Kelly DeWitt, Erin Mikulenka and Taylor Steinberg. The Sour Notes played over 60 shows in and around the US that year, including the Free Press Summer Fest in Houston, Pitter Patter Fest in Toronto and the CMJ Music Marathon[3] in New York City. At the turn of 2011, The Sour Notes released 7-inch single Hot Pink Flares and their fourth album Last Looks,[4] which featured orchestral group Mother Falcon, who performed on the album. The band then set out on another East Coast tour and were invited to play at the 35 Conferette in Denton and the 2011 NXNE Music Festival in Toronto.

2012 brought the release of split 7-inch record Wait//White on DIY label No Play Music with fellow Austin band Marmalakes and the U.S. television series Shameless featured The Sour Notes songs "Do-ers & Say-ers" and "One Fell Swoop" during its second season premiere on Showtime. The band added guitarist Rene Chavez and drummer Justin Selman and were again selected as official artists for SXSW and NXNE 2012. That summer, the band re-released their remixed/remastered fourth album, Last Looks on vinyl and toured the East Coast after adding Jessica Kim on keys and Erin Howell on drums.

In March 2013, The Sour Notes we're first round picks at SXSW and played 8 shows in Austin during the festival. In June, the band released cassingle In The Meanwhile and toured the East Coast,[5] road-testing songs from their upcoming album Do What May. Based on fan voting, The Sour Notes we're selected to open for The Dandy Warhols as a part of Red Bull's Sound Select program in Austin that Summer.

Upon wrapping up recording on Do What May in February of 2014, The Sour Notes embarked on a West Coast tour in support of the album, making appearances at SXSW and The UMS in Denver. After over 2 years of prep work, lineup changes, touring & promotion, The Sour Notes released their fifth album Do What May on a rainy September night at Cheer Up Charlies in Austin.[6] The album received glowing reviews and featured many guest musicians around Austin, including Sabrina Ellis (Sweet Spirit / A Giant Dog), who sang on the title track.[7] In November, The Sour Notes were invited to perform at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, where they played an exclusive aftershow with Foxygen at Red 7.

The Sour Notes are scheduled to release a new EP titled Darkest Sour in early 2015.



Release date Title Format Label
September 6, 2014 Do What May LP/CD No Play Music
July 21, 2012 Last Looks (reissue) LP/CD No Play Music
February 17, 2011 Last Looks CD self-released
January 1, 2010 It's Not Gonna Be Pretty CD self-released
January 1, 2009 Received in Bitterness CD self-released
May 24, 2008 The Meat of the Fruit CD self-released


Release date Title Format Label
June 4, 2013 In The Meanwhile / Mannequin (Wire cover) Cassette No Play Music
February 9, 2012 Wait / White (split w/Marmalakes) 7-inch No Play Music
December 31, 2011 Dance of the Sour Plum Fairy (Tchaikovsky cover) Download No Play Music
June 20, 2011 Harvest Moon (Neil Young cover) Download Self-released
December 31, 2010 Hot Pink Flares / Psych Thrill / Halo (Beyoncé cover) 7-inch / Download Self-released
September 11, 2009 Never Mix, Never Worry / Rose Puzzles 7-inch Self-released
January 1, 2009 Accident Prone (Jawbreaker cover) Download Self-released


Release date Song Format Label
December 2014 Do What May Remix EP (featuring The Octopus Project)[8] CD / Download No Play Music / Red Bull Sound Select
June 2012 Last Looks (From the album, Last Looks, 2011) Download Tunecore / NXNE "Best of NXNE 2012" Compilation
March 2011 As Crude As Watercolor (From the album, Last Looks, 2011) CD RethinkPopMusic SXSW Sampler 2011
June 2009 Holy Terror (From the album, Received in Bitterness, 2009) CD Filter Magazine / Landmark Music Summer 2009
March 2009 Double Negative (From the album, Received in Bitterness, 2009) CD Soda Pop Sounds: Star Fruit Comp
March 2009 Weak at Heart (From the album, The Meat of the Fruit, 2008) CD Austin Sound – Sound Advice Vol. III: Starry Eyes
March 2009 Weak at Heart (From the album, The Meat of the Fruit, 2008) CD Filter Magazine / Landmark Music Fall 2008


Release date Title Director
April 2014 Do What May (From the album, Do What May, 2014)[9] Eric Morales
February 2014 Two Hands Wait (From the album, Do What May, 2014)[10] Paul Avellino
June 2013 In The Meanwhile (From the album, Do What May, 2014)[11] Paul Avellino
December 2012 Last Looks (From the album, Last Looks, 2012) VidKidz & JPB
September 2012 The Sour Notes – Tour Documentary 2012 Jared Boulanger
May 2012 Nothing's More Contagious Than Evil (From the album, Last Looks, 2012) Laura Wallgren
December 2011 Beyond Recognition (From the album, It's Not Gonna Be Pretty, 2010) Jared Boulanger
July 2010 A Cute Little Ruin (From the album, It's Not Gonna Be Pretty, 2010) Eric Morales
November 2009 Psychological Thriller (From the album, Received in Bitterness, 2009) Paul Raila
December 2008 Is It Happening? (From the album, Received in Bitterness, 2009) Jared Boulanger



Sources consulted
  1. ^ Chris Gray, The Austin group releases The Meat of the Fruit EP, Houston Press, retrieved 2008-05-21 
  2. ^ Austin Chronicle, Album Review: The Sour Notes - It's Not Gonna Be Pretty, Austin Chronicle, retrieved 2010-01-15 
  3. ^ Brianne Galli, CMJ Sonicbids Spotlight: The Sour Notes, CMJ, retrieved 2011-01-28 
  4. ^ Austin Powell, Texas Platters: The Sour Notes – Last Looks, retrieved 2011-04-15 
  5. ^ Chase Hoffberger, The Sour Notes Tour Diary, Austin Chronicle, retrieved 2013-06-28 
  6. ^ Rory Burbeck, The Sour Notes Celebrate Fifth Album with a Party!, SXSW, retrieved 2014-09-04 
  7. ^ Chase Hoffberger, The Sour Notes - Do What May (Album Review), Austin Chronicle, retrieved 2014-06-06 
  8. ^ * Shane Edwards, The Sour Notes - 'Do What May' Remix EP Premiere, Red Bull, retrieved 2014-12-09 
  9. ^ Elliott Sharp, The Sour Notes - 'Do What May' Video Premiere, Red Bull, retrieved 2014-04-24 
  10. ^ Carter Delloro, The Sour Notes Video Premiere 'Two Hands Wait', OVRLD, retrieved 2014-02-17 
  11. ^ Elliott Sharp, Watch The Sour Notes' New Video 'In The Meanwhile', Red Bull, retrieved 2013-06-20 
  12. ^ Raoul Hernandez, The blurbing of SXSW: Wednesday Picks & Sleepers, Austin Chronicle, retrieved 2010-03-19 
  13. ^ Recycled Love Songs, About the Song: The Sour Notes – "Never Mix, Never Worry", Recycled Love Songs, retrieved 2009-07-27 
  14. ^ Nathan Lankford, Welcome Home the Sour Notes, Austin Town Hall, retrieved 2013-06-20 

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