It’s fitting that Later Days, our Austin360 Artist of the Month for February, chose to hold its record release show at Grizzly Hall. The East Riverside venue opened less than a year ago, around the same time that Later Days started playing shows around town and working on its debut album, “Lost in the Sound.”
The pairing of up-and-coming band with happening new venue was a good one. Grizzly Hall offers several perspectives for taking in a band’s performance: a decent-sized pit right up front, a bar area at the side, a raised platform by the sound board a little further back, and an upstairs balcony that offers a view from above. We took it in from all angles for our Statesman video compilation of a few songs from the band’s hourlong headlining set.
The group played “Lost in the Sound” from start to finish, capping an evening that also included performances by local bands Locket, Gold Steps and the Clastic. “Being in the Austin music scene is a tough gig because there’s so many good shows going on every night,” singer Brendan Radomski said midway through the set as he thanked the crowd for coming out to see Later Days. But if other Friday shows brought in big crowds elsewhere, it didn’t seem to hurt the Grizzly Hall draw much, as a good-sized crowd kept the place buzzing till the end of the night.
Next up for the five-piece group is its first out-of-state tour, starting next weekend. The band will hit cities including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Cincinnati in a 10-day run that brings them back to Austin in time for South by Southwest. They aren’t playing an official SXSW showcase, but another Grizzly Hall appearance is in the works for March 19.