“Some of my favorite songs I’ve written in 20 minutes,” musician Cory Reinisch says. Reinisch and his band Harvest Thieves crafted 12 tracks for their first full-length album, Rival. Though some songs took months to write, at least one came pretty easily. “One night I came home after work and just said, 'I’m not going to bed, I’m not even going to work tomorrow until I have something written, a full, front to back song',” Reinisch says. Less than half an hour later the result was “I Killed Laura Palmer,” a song that plays out in a dreamy reverberating waltz, with haunting backing vocals from keyboardist Annah Fisette.
Moving to Austin for the music scene in 2007, Reinisch played with bandmate Dustin Meyer in the now-defunct Guns of Navarone before the two created Harvest Thieves in 2013. An official artist at this year’s SXSW, expect to catch the band’s brand of bourbon-soaked Americana at a variety of venues during the festival.