We interrupt your regularly scheduled winter doldrums to bring you this bulletin about our show next week! It’s at Rudyard’s British Pub in the heart of Montrose on Friday, February 13th, and features in addition to us three incredible bands from around Texas, and I’m going to tell you about them right now!
These guys are something of a Houston supergroup: bassist/ runner-up of the all-Texas Ian Mackaye Lookalike Challenge (winner: Chaos in Tejas organizer Timmy Hefner) Michael Tehrani and drummer/ hardcore auteur Alex Hughes formerly played together in the legendary TXHC band Machine Gun Romantics and its crucial powerviolence spinoff Knuckle Scraper (which I just now learned is two words!), while Tehrani and guitarist Kevin Hirth both played guitar in the headsplittingly fun and 100% unGoogleable punk band Gay Marriage.
But that’s not all! Hirth also played in a little-known band called China Street, whom I once saw at Fat Cat’s opening for some band I’ve long since forgotten about, with one Nick Lombard. I realize this means nothing to anyone but me. Hughes, for his part, was also the mastermind behind Hatred Surge, who at their peak were the most interesting heavy band in Texas and my favorite band in Austin. Their two LPs, on which Hughes played bass and sang, are masterful. AND BY THE WAY this motherfucker also played bass in Insect fucking Warfare! Holy Money is the first band to feature Hughes on drums in quite some time.
Holy Money is named after a Swans record, and it shows in their doomy, sludgy, awesome music, which you can hear here.
Our tight bros from Dallas (formerly of the excellent Big Fiction) return to Houston for the first time since 2013 I think! That was before I was in the band so I’m not sure. You’ve heard me rap about these guys on the blog a couple of times already:
But they just seem to get better every time I see them. Their music has this great elemental headbangy quality, where even though it’s really fun music, it’s so stripped-down that you can tell they put an immense amount of thought into everything they do. PJ’s drum riffs are just perfectly placed and he SOUNDS incredible; meanwhile, Brooks turns into some kind of maniac when he’s performing. It is some Malcolm’s-Dad-in-Breaking-Bad next-level shit. I’m talking STAGE PRESENCE.
Look, I lived in Houston for ten years and these guys made me LIKE DALLAS. Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m trying to say here people! Their record kicks ass, go check it out!
LIONS OF TSAVO
We’ve shared the stage with these gentlemen many a time and have nothing but respect for their talent and skill. Every dude in this band is absolutely on point in terms of technique, and they just play beautifully as an ensemble. I’m always impressed with Josh Dawkins’s grace, power and ability to get around the kit; meanwhile Ryan Chamberlain is some kind of mad genius over there on guitar. Dude reminds me of Steve Austin from Today Is The Day in a really good way.
Homeboy is wearing a Kerosene 454 shirt!!! RESPEK.
As for Daine Vineyard, he might be the best male bass player working in Texas heavy metal today. It’s rare to see a guy who can truly pull off fingerstyle bass in a heavy band and make it sound as aggressive as it needs to; Jeff Poppe of Incisor is the only other one I’ve seen in an independent band in Texas and that was a long-ass time ago. It’s just not something that you see all the time.
Anyway Lions of Tsavo are the real deal is what I’m trying to say. Traverser was one of the most challenging and unique metal records I heard last year- click to see what I’m talking about.
um we’re playing too whatevs
ANYWAY it’s Friday, February 13th at Rudyard’s, 2010 Waugh. Along with everything else we’re psyched to play at Rudz again- Omotai hasn’t played there in quite a long time, but they’ve been doing lots of cool shows recently and we’re excited to be back. See you there!