Cotton Mather

KUTX 98.9 presents

Cotton Mather

Wiretree, Slomo Drags

Wed · May 24, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:15 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is all ages

There is a $3.00 fee that is added to every ticket purchased at our Box Office. This includes Day of Show pricing.

Cotton Mather - (Set time: 10:15 PM)
Cotton Mather
“Like hot, shiny Raspberries fortified with the elevated argument of Squeeze and Attractions-era Elvis Costello.”
— Rolling Stone

“Its first album in 15 years, is nothing short of a triumph. #9 Austin album of 2016.”
— Austin Monthly

“An exemplary specimen from Harrison’s seemingly endless collection of instant classics.”
— Austin Chronicle

“One thing I’ve always liked about Cotton Mather music is that it’s always winking at you. This record has that quality.” — Robert Harrison

It took 15 years for Cotton Mather to return with 2016’s Death of The Cool (released July 19th, 2016), the first collection of songs compiled from band leader Robert Harrison’s ambitious, possibly impossible aim to write 64 songs, one for each hexagram of the I Ching, the ancient text which he refers to as an “extraordinary book about ordinary life.”

Read more about the “Songs From The I Ching” project via Texas Monthly:

Now, in what seems like the passing of just 15 minutes, Cotton Mather released Wild Kingdom on April 7th, 2017. The album brings together another 11 tracks, following up the 11-song Death of The Cool, and the three-track “Cotton Mather with Nicole Atkins EP” (released December 30th, 2016), that are both also a part of the I Ching song cycle.

To date, 30 of the “Songs From The I Ching” have been released.

“Wild Kingdom is more a change of season than scenery,” Harrison states. “While I was writing the first half of the I Ching project, I tended to circle the songs with a requisite richness and gravity because I thought it important to do something for the first release in fifteen years that we never could have done before. Otherwise, what’s the point ‘Relatively obscure indie cult band reunites to demonstrate that maybe going away the first time was just a fine idea?’ Uh, no thank you. You have to get better!”

Wild Kingdom will be available exclusively through adored Austin record store Waterloo Records for one month prior to the rest of the world, coinciding with SXSW and Cotton Mather’s performance supporting Spoon on March 15th as part of that band’s three-night SXSW festival residency.

“Kontiki gave me something to shoot for,” Spoon leader Britt Daniel once said of Cotton Mather’s 1997 underground classic album. In addition to praise from musicians, the record was especially loved by the UK press, with both Uncut and The Guardian awarding it five-star ratings. Like the instantly memorable pop songs that made (and make) Kontiki influential—a two-disc reissue released in 2012 received similar praise all over again, and Kontiki was also finally released on vinyl at the end of 2016—Wild Kingdom continues in the Robert Harrison tradition of impeccable song craft that doesn’t ever let up on the hooks, or the winking.

“Many successful bands are fairly monochromatic, which strikes me as both difficult and uninteresting,” Harrison explains. “My aim has always been to escape. To change the scenery behind the singer.”

A visit to the “Songs From The I Ching” website ( reveals the tangible take on this, with imagery for each song depicting Harrison standing in front of Mt. Fuji, the Jardin des Tuileries, The Kansas City Monarchs, and the Terra Cota Soldiers, among others.

“But the problem always remains,” Harrison continues. “It’s always just me.”

That’s probably Harrison just winking again.

Wild Kingdom, the latest album by Cotton Mather, arrived on April 7th, 2017 containing 11 tracks comprising another portion of the 64-track “Songs From The I Ching” project that also includes the 11-song Death of The Cool album (released July 19th, 2016) and the three-track “Cotton Mather with Nicole Atkins EP” (released December 30th, 2016.)

Visit to read Robert Harrison’s in-depth song commentaries explaining the relationship between each individual track and the I Ching hexagram it is based on.
Wiretree - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Wiretree is an indie rock band from Austin, Texas led by Kevin Peroni. Initially a solo project based on homemade recordings, Peroni released Bouldin in 2007, and later recruited other band members to solidify the project. Four albums later, the band has been featured on “Satellite Sets” (an Austin City Limits live taping), toured Europe and played numerous music festivals including SXSW and China’s biggest music festival, the Strawberry Music Festival.

"Their songs have roots via Motown, the Smiths, the Strokes and beyond. The quartet can easily strike gold at its best."
- All Music Guide
Slomo Drags - (Set time: 8:15 PM)
Slomo Drags
After Slomo Drags first show, an old English record producer remarked that they sound like 'sinister ELO.' The Austin quintet couldn't help but be pleased with the comparison (perhaps a bit more articulate than when my drunk best friend said they sounded like a 'decadent dessert' after their next show.)

Released in April, Slomo Drags' self titled debut EP (Already Dead Tapes) channels' rock greats like Queen, T. Rex and Big Star,' according to Austin Monthly.

To me, it sounds like Elvis Costello got kidnapped by Thin Lizzy and tried to play Wilco's latest LP from memory.

Lead single "Going Out of Business" is four minutes of melodic self-recrimination laid over gritty double tracked guitars. KUTX calls it a "mind bending display of musicianship" but I just say I love it. Slomo Drags EP is available now everywhere and waiting to lodge itself in your heart."
Venue Information:
3TEN Austin City Limits Live
310 Willie Nelson Blvd, Suite 1A
Austin, TX, 78701