From: OK, United States
OK SWEETHEART -- A group reminiscent of all the good things from mid-
century pop with roots in Tulsa, OK is currently based out of New York
City. Their well crafted simplicity has been compared to the writing
of Harry Nilsson, The Zombies, and Randy Newman. OK SWEETHEART’s
uniquely pop sound is the result of an eclectic collaboration with
members of Midlake (Denton, TX), Elizabeth and the Catapult (Brooklyn,
NY), The Polyphonic Spree (Dallas, TX), and Via Audio (Brooklyn, NY).
"The winner of the 2008 John Lennon songwriting contest for pop,
Austin seems headed for the spotlight."
- SPIN Earth
"Erin Austin of OK SWEETHEART has the voice of Billie Holiday, but she
dresses all that longing in a polka-dot vintage dress with a scalloped
collar and croons to bouncy chords on piano ... bandmates McKenzie
Smith (Midlake) and guitarist Jeremy Buller (Sarah Jaffe, Bosque
Brown) connect Austin (ha!) to Denton ... and the project has ties to
Tulsa and Brooklyn. I enjoy listening to OK SWEETHEART much more than
I do Regina Spektor, but the comparison is an easy one to make at a
cursory listen, so you hear it often."
With an ear to late 60’s pop, Austin penned a battery of nearly sixty
songs in early 2008. That summer, Rob Gungor (Wolf Jaw) and McKenzie
Smith (Midlake, Regina Spektor, St. Vincent) had begun experimenting
with sounds and instrumentation, thoughtfully developing arrangements
at Midlake’s studio. By October 2008, Austin had arrived in Denton and
completed work on her first single “You Let Me Down”, winner of the
John Lennon Songwriting Award for Pop as well as a Lennon Award. In
October of 2009, OK SWEETHEART made the top 5 in Austin City Limit’s
“The Sound and The Jury” competition. They were a showcasing artist at
2010’s and 2011's South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin and CMJ
Since OK SWEETHEART’s debut album “Home” was independently released on
April 5th, 2011, they have had songs on major network shows such as
90210, One Tree Hill, Revenge and Royal Pains and we're had a song
featured along side TCM Remembers. They have a song in the major
motion pictures such as "Contraband" (January 2012). Austin was
recognized as one of the "Most Fashionable Girls in Indie Music" but
Lucky Magazine in December of 2011. OK SWEETHEART has been touring
extensively across the US and Canada since the release of their record.
April of 2012, they are recording a single produced by Mr. John
Vanderslice at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco. Set to be released in
late spring 2012.