The Sour Notes are an American independent rock band.
Based in Austin, Texas, The Sour Notes consists of members Jared Boulanger, Chris Page, Amarah Ulghani, Elaine Greer & Andrew Stevens. They are known for experimenting in many different musical genres accompanied by female guest vocalists.
The Sour Notes formed initially as the moniker for singer/songwriter Jared Boulanger's solo recording project while living in Houston, Texas. Upon finishing what would later be his debut album The Meat of the Fruit in 2008, Boulanger then asked long-time friend Chris Page to join him in creating a performing band in Austin. There, they met drummer Travis Hackett and bassist Brandi Dipietro through mutual friends and recorded their first collaborative effort, second album Received in Bitterness in 2009. After a brief East Coast tour in support of the album, the band recorded 7-inch single, Never Mix, Never Worry which displayed a new direction for The Sour Notes' characteristically evolving sound. Later that year, multi-instrumentalist Elaine Greer joined the band during the recording of their third album It's Not Gonna Be Pretty which was released in January 2010 to much critical acclaim. Following a 2-week tour in support of the album, The Sour Notes were selected as an official showcasing artist at the 2010 SXSW Music Festival, opening for We Are Scientists at the Official SXSWi Closing Party and Daniel Johnston's only Austin, TX show that summer. The band spent a majority of 2010 performing with new members Amarah Ulghani, Kelly DeWitt, Erin Mikulenka and Taylor Steinberg, playing over 60 shows in and around the US that year, including the Free Press Summer Fest in Houston, Pitter Patter Fest in Toronto and the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City. At the turn of 2011, The Sour Notes toured the East Coast, released 7-inch single Hot Pink Flares and their 4th album Last Looks in early February, which featured orchestral pop band Mother Falcon who performed on the album. In March 2011, The Sour Notes were invited to play at the 35 Conferette in Denton, Texas and have since reformed into a quintet, adding Andrew Stevens on drums. The band is scheduled to tour in July 2011.