A Band Called Ma – “RIOT”


Spanning from heavy doses of distortion to dreamy jangling, “RIOT” is a compelling new single from A Band Called Ma. The Austin-based collaborative project comprises Austin Barker and Dominic Sena. They take inspiration from “the vast alien landscape of Big Bend,” citing Alex G, Radiohead, and Brian Eno as specific influences.

“She wakes me up in the morning time,” the vocals let out during the more subdued verses, concocting a textured, lush engrossment into a warming blast of distortion at the track’s mid-point. The vocals maintain a delectably serene composure throughout, with the “won’t be afraid,” sequence enamoring especially as the jangly guitar lushness and heavy distortion combine with satiating cohesion. “RIOT” is a standout showing from this rising duo, marking their third single of 2023. Look for their first live performance in Austin next month.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2023’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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