If Love Hate Affair has a future as successful asshole rock stars, then they’re hiding the seeds of assholedom really well. For starters, they express love for Saytown rock flavor, giving props to Pop Pistol, Ledaswan, and Girl in A Coma. But the band has also given away an estimated 2,000 copies of their debut EP Love Hate Affair.
“It’s our first set of music and we’d rather people get to know the music rather than … buy it,” John Shaw, vocalist and guitarist, told WOAI’s The Garage. “It’s kind of our business card to the world.”
The Current struggled to interview Shaw (vocals) and Armando Raymos (bass) over the phone. The South Texas atmosphere was unusually cockeyed, drenching our calls (and re-calls) in copious static. Nevertheless, Shaw and Raymos gave great phone interviews, if not because they’re nice guys, then because much is coming together for this young new wave band.
Love Hate Affair formed in 2009, pulling players from both the Austin and San Antonio scenes, before quickly recording a self-titled EP and embarking on their inaugural interstate tour last summer. They made it to Hollywood and NYC. Then they came home to play local shows, appeared on WOAI’s The Garage, and returned to the studio for their follow-up. Shaw admitted that things are moving fast for the band.
“I thought it was a blast,” Shaw said of last year’s tour. “`Like a` vacation playing music every night. It was `us` getting to know each other very quickly, in close quarters of course. There are things you like and don’t like about one another, but overall it’s predominantly nice.”
The band had the expected vehicular hardships and the member who partied a little too heavily. No bother. They made it back in one unit, finding an opportunity to bond over the car breakdowns and get a replacement for the drunken ruffian. Hell, when I asked Raymos to discuss how or if Shaw pissed him off over tour, Raymos said, “He and I get along best.”
With 2010 in the rear view, both members displayed confidence in the year ahead. While a new record is a few months behind schedule, Shaw displayed no worries about not having finished yet. “It’s just a matter of … taking time to be proud of it,” he said. “I’m trying to let it happen in its own way.”
The new disc will be something of an expanded edition to the EP, with the original tracks re-mastered and new material incorporated into the set. This one will cost money, but the band is planning to make free Love Hate Affair music a tradition in the form of future pro-bono singles. Once the record is complete, Love Hate Affair will return to the road.
“Portland, Oregon, or Seattle, Washington, would be pretty good for us,” Raymos said. “That’s probably something we’d want to put on the books.” •
Love Hate Affair
10pm Sat, Feb 26
Limelight Music + Drinks
2718 N St. Mary’s