The cosmic American sounds of band The Lonesome Heroes are back from Austin touring through the Southwest and sharing their new folk country, indie rock music. On Aug. 31 The Lonesome Heroes will be sharing the stage with Alister M and The Pioneers of Prime Time TV at The Game Sports Bar and Grill, 2605 S. Espina St.
Originally from Brooklyn, front man Rich Russell moved to Austin with the intention to play country music. Spending his first year in an old abandoned nursing home that served as a housing co-op for musicians, Russell then connected with Landry McMeans to form the original duo that named themselves after Leonard Cohen's song "Lonesome Heroes." After traveling around the country covering 27 states and creating three albums, the two split up last spring.
"Landry and I were the core of the tour for the last six or seven years," Russell said. "This is a totally new band and new players."
The 2013 touring band is comprised of Rich on vocals and guitar, producer Gary Newcomb on guitar, Nick Lochman with vocals and upright bass and Dave Sims Jr. on drums.
"We've written a whole bunch of new songs," Russell said. "It's more rock 'n' roll than it used to be."
Not quite country, but not quite indie rock, the band has struggled with a way to define what exactly their genre is. Being from Austin, the band has been put into a "Texas country" category, but that is not their sound, at all.
"Sometimes people think they're not going like it because they don't like country, but we're more than that," Russell said.
Once calling their music "psychedelic country music," Russell knew that title didn't do their music justice. He called their music more sunshine sounding rather than connotation that "psychedelic" provides, which is a darker vibe. It's a little bit of country, folk and rock.
Russell said this is about his tenth time in Las Cruces and has known local band member Steve MacIntyre of Alister M for a long time now.
"I sit in and play drums with him sometimes," Russell said.
The two did a mini tour last year performing in Marfa and Fredericksburg, Texas. Some of Russell's most memorable performances in town have been at house parties, El Patio in Mesilla and High Desert Brewing Co.
The band's usual guitar player couldn't make this tour, producer Gary Newcomb will fill in for the ten-day period.
"I feel super lucky to have him coming on," Russell said. "It's gonna be like a pre-production to what we will do in January."
Ringing in the new year, the band plans to hit the studio to record a new album January 2014.
After spending time in the Southwest, The Lonesome Heroes are off to California for three weeks.