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Blue Healer - "Only the Rain" (video) (premiere)

Austin's Blue Healer use distorted upright bass, shimmering guitar, analog synths, and drums in their blending of indie rock with dance elements.

Texas indie rock band Blue Healer have released a new video for the Americana-tinged song "Only the Rain". It's a memorable number whose tune gets lodged in your head after a listen and won't let go. Blue Healer are based out of Austin and they utilize distorted upright bass, shimmering guitar, analog synths, and drums in their blending of indie rock with dance elements.

Vocalist and keyboard player Bryan Mammel says of the new video, "we're kinda a DIY band, either that or the crazy video ideas that we come up with just cost too much money. 'Only the Rain' is a one-shot video. We went into the the woods near Martindale, Texas (where the San Marcos river had flooded only months prior) gathered all the lights and extension cords we could get our hands on, and asked our friend and video/photo whiz, Josh Armour, to help us out. My girlfriend, Alexis Davis, offered to run lights, which meant flipping power-strips on and off and manning cheap, Home Depot faders while Josh ran around filming us singing to a super sped-up version of the track. And this is what we came up with.

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4/14 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

4/15 - Tuscaloosa, AL @ Green Bar

4/16 - Chattanooga, TN @ JJ’s Bohemia

4/21 - Charlotte, NC @ The Evening Muse

4/22 - Spartanburg, SC @ RJ Rockers

4/23 - Asheville, NC @ Asheville Music Hall

4/24 - Raleigh, NC @ Pour House

4/28 - Ashland, VA @ Ashland Coffee & Tea

4/30 - New Hope, PA @ Triumph Brewing Company of New Hope

5/3 - NYC @ Rockwood Music Hall

5/4 - Boston, MA @ The Middle East

5/5 - Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy

5/6 - Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java

5/13 - Fort Worth, TX @ Friday on the Green

5/14 - Austin, TX @ The Parish

5/15 @ San Marcos, TX @ Kiva

5/18 - Chicago, IL @ Schuba's

5/19 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry

5/21 - Columbia, MO @ Social Room

5/25 - Tupelo, MS @ Blue Canoe

5/26 - Hattiesburg, MS @ Thirsty Hippo

5/27 - Mobile, AL @ Merry Widow

5/28 - New Orleans, LA @ Howlin’ Wolf

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