New EP Announcement: The Rain Becomes a River

Our new EP, featuring five tracks, will release digitally on May 8, 2020. This collection represents a more forceful, loud, and insistent vision for more insistent times. Pre-order now and get an immediate download of “When the Levee Breaks.” [bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=1215400955 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small]

“Voices” Music Video: Process Blog

For “Voices,” the first single off of our latest album, I worked with multi-hyphenate artist Mark Landry to create this video: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUrYz-qmkqI] Here’s the process we took to get there: For the song “Goodbye at the End of the World” on the last album, Dust Among the Stars,┬áI created an animated music video. I […]

Half My Life: In the Studio 20 Years Apart

Three months before I turned 20, two friends and I — we were a band called Black Spiral — loaded up a car in Houston, drove to Austin and crashed at a stranger’s house, then went into a makeshift studio early the following morning to try to make a record. That was June 20, 1998…twenty […]

Fun With Word Clouds

As I work on demos for the next album, I’ve been thinking a lot about lyrics, naturally. Then I decided to have a little fun with the lyrics on our releases so far, and make word clouds out of them. Here’s what happens when you plop all 40 Sci-Fi Romance original songs into a word […]

A Burning Ember to a Grove of Trees

Here we are, less than ten months after releasing our album Dust Among the Stars, with a surprise EP. It combines new recordings and previously released singles in one collection, most of which share a message of (cautious) optimism despite our current social calamities, and it was important to me to get this out before […]

“Fields” Music Video

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sy8fIbVTm2M] My folks were both raised┬áin small, rural towns in Texas, but moved to Houston in the 1970s, where I was born. I spent my childhood, then, living in the suburbs and for holidays, summers, different events, shuttling back and forth out to farm and ranchland and towns too small for grocery stores. I […]

Upcoming Shows for May and June

We have three shows coming up as we head into summer. The first two are solo acoustic sets where I’ll be trying out some new things, and the full band performs at the Pig N Whistle in Hollywood again on Saturday, June 18th. Come on out to one of the shows, say hi, and help […]

All the References: Goodbye at the End of the World

We recently gave away a pair of autographed CDs over at the all-purpose geek-themed site Nerds of a Feather, Flock Together to people who correctly identified the most sci-fi and film references hidden in the animated video for our song Goodbye at the End of the World. But nobody was particularly close to getting all […]

The Couch Abides

A few weeks ago, Couch by Couchwest, the online music festival for everybody who couldn’t or didn’t want to go to South by Southwest, called it a day. They started in 2011, and they were recommended to me just before we released The Ghost of John Henry in 2012, so Sci-Fi Romance participated in every […]

“Goodbye at the End of the World” Process Blog

The music video for “Goodbye at the End of the World” was a pretty major undertaking for me. It is a four-plus minute, computer animated music video about an alien invasion and a couple whose relationship is on the rocks, but who try to save the world. It was written, designed, animated, and rendered by […]