SXSW Records

Kathy McCarty

Another Day in the Sun (Rexy Rex)

Another Day in the Sun is a significant event. It marks the return of Austin's beloved Kathy McCarty. She achieved that status through Eighties local heroes Glass Eye and her two solo albums, 1994's Dead Dog's Eyeball, an inspired tribute to the songs of Daniel Johnston, and a related EP, Sorry Entertainer, released a year later. Since then, she's married, left Texas and returned, her musical appearances few and far between. Another Day in the Sun makes up for the absences. Its 14 McCarty originals are a rich amalgam of rock, folk, and pop performed with gusto and an immaculate edge. With former Glass Eye bandmate Brian Beattie's producing, McCarty moves from hushed to explosive, starting with the mysterious "Obelisk" and slowly building to the megaphone-assisted blast of "Basement." The folk elements of Another Day echo Richard Thompson, particularly on the glistening title track, as well as the stately "New Shoes." It's no surprise McCarty's work resonates the same sensibilities experienced in Glass Eye, which was one of the most innovative and creative groups of its time. She even enlists another bandmate, Stella Weir, who adds keyboards on two tracks. McCarty's mingling of her clear and cogent vocals with a well-drawn melange of styles marks Another Day in the Sun not only as a most welcome return, but easily one of the best albums of the young year. (Thursday, March 17, 8pm @ Cactus Cafe)


Another Day In The Sun

After waiting for more than 9 years after the release of her last CDs—1994’s “Dead Dog’s Eyeball“—her interpretations of the songs of Daniel Johnson, and the follow up “Sorry Entertainer“—the new collection from Kathy McCarty is a breath of fresh air.
Brian Beattie produced the recording and you can hear echoes of Glass Eye—the former band that both Kathy and Brian played in back in the mid to late 80’s. Kathy’s new material displays a wide range of styles from folk to pop to aggressive guitar rock even. I hear the occasional 80’s keyboard reference in there too—but in a good way! It’s nice to hear a female solo artist these days who isn’t strictly a singer/songwriter with an acoustic guitar or a slick manufactured dancing pop idol.
You can get the new album from CD Baby online where 2 minute samples of all the songs are available, or directly from Kathy herself. Visit to order and for photos, reviews and up-to-date show information.
I highly recommend this CD and it’s already in my top 10 for the year.

Kathy McCarty
Another Day in the Sun
By Scott Faingold

Published: Thursday, June 16, 2005

It's been more than ten years since the release of Austin music scene vet Kathy McCarty's first solo disc. That CD, Dead Dog's Eyeball, consisted entirely of clever, heartfelt, shiny arrangements of songs written by legendary oddball Austin popsmith Daniel Johnston. The record did quite a bit to raise Johnston's songwriting stock and was itself a dry run for the recent celebrity-studded Discovered Covered Johnston tribute, but McCarty effectively disappeared from the face of the musical earth afterward. Until now.

Eyeball fans and folks who remember McCarty's fab late-'80s art-rock bar band Glass Eye have reason to rejoice with the release of Another Day in the Sun, stuffed as it is with more cleverness, more heartfeltness and more shininess (if a bit less oddballery) than its predecessor. The mood of the songs shifts constantly, from the atmospheric lament of "Obelisk" to the slamming rocker "Basement" to the pastoral, upbeat "Skylarking." Throughout, McCarty's voice soars. There's no other singer like her in rock, and with her thorough blending of technical control and piercing emotion, it would likely be a pleasure to listen to her sing the phone book (or the DSM-IV).

Fortunately, she doesn't have to, and the new CD is as notable for its stockpile of lyrical images as for its sound. McCarty's words range from the ethereal ("the quality of light is one I hardly ever knew / paler than champagne and colder than the moon") to the matter-of-factly cruel ("like a bird into a mirror, mistaking the mirror for the sky / the bird will not recover and the mirror is shattered besides"). The music and the wisdom throughout Another Day certainly seem hard-won, but the spoils are all set to go to anyone who takes the time to listen.