Hey guys, don’t forget: we’re playing this Saturday (November 16) with Intronaut and Anciients at Fitzgerald’s!
It’s Intronaut’s 10th anniversary tour and it’s gonna be great! Jamie is gonna be ALL UP on those dudes’ jock, he loves that band. Plus their drummer is also named Danny and Melissa has demanded that the two of us either fight to the death or kiss. You won’t find out which one happens unless you’re there!
Last Saturday we were at the 8th Annual NO THANKS FEST in Emory, Texas and it was TONS OF FUN!
#10: NO THANKS FEST 8!
Unfortunately we got a little turned around on the way up there due to all the GD toll roads and we arrived just as Mountain of Smoke were wrapping up. We felt SUPER BAD about this because they just set up that awesome show in Dallas for us in August, plus we love them and they’re awesome. Fortunately we will be bringing them down to Houston in early 2015! UN FORTUNATELY. . . I got nothing sorry. Here’s a cute picture of the MOS boys instead!
Following MOS were IDRE, a power trio from Oklahoma City. They had a more restrained aesthetic than a lot of the bands at NTF, which gave them sort of slowcorish, almost goth kind of vibe. Very interesting, different and cool. They did a long, slow build at the end of their set which was quite nice, almost sounded like a metal version of Low or something. Their drummer Nick sounded especially good, and he had this effect cymbal which was just SICK. I hung out with him a little by the merch table later and he told me it was a swish cymbal! Fascinating, right?
San Antonio’s Tentacles played next, and as tends to be the case with festival gigs, I did not get a chance to watch them much because we were busy moving our gear into position and otherwise getting ready to play. But I do remember their music being loud and violent and awesome! SA knows what’s up.
Our set was unquestionably one of the best shows we’ve done recently, at least to my mind. The PA for this gig was absolutely perfect and the sound engineer, Moose, was doing A+ work all night. The stage sound was great and we were totally in control (except for Jamie’s pedal board, which peaced out shortly into the set). We felt so good that Sam even decided to throw in “Get Your Dead Straight” as a little encore. Setlist:
A Ruined Oak
This Is For Zora
Lesbian Cycling Drama
Welcome To The Adders’ Land
Get Your Dead Straight
After us was Ecocide, a post-metal/black metal hybrid, also from SA. They had kind of a tough set equipment-wise, with one of their guitar rigs acting up, and the decreasing temperature playing havoc with their violinist’s intonation. They put in a solid performance nonetheless; I was particularly impressed with their violinist’s vocals, which were delivered in a bracingly raw and powerful screech.
I’d love to see them again in a friendlier context.
Back when we played Gatsby’s Mansion, I was regaled with tales of Terminator 2, the Denton band with legendary volume and a hilariously absurd name. As a result, their set was a subject of significant anticipation for me- and I WAS NOT DISAPPOINT.
This pretty much says it- hellish roar from the speakers, smoke machine on full blast and David lurching around like. . . well, like he was drunk. (He was very drunk. When the show started. And then he pounded two more beers onstage). Terminator 2 made such a colossal amount of noise that I was surprised the FBI didn’t show up or something. No other band at the festival filled the room with their sound quite like they did, with “the room” being “the entire outdoors.”
After T2 was Dead To A Dying World, with whom we played previously in Dallas back in August. I liked them at that show, but in the woods at night their epic wall-of-sound stuff really had a chance to shine. I thought they fit the venue beautifully.
The night was far from over, but after partaking of some RIDICULOUSLY delicious vegan chicken-and-dumpling soup, we all lamed out at about 10 PM because we’re old and we have wives and husbands and kids to get home to. Thanks to everyone who came out (especially Daniel from Dallas, Carl- who came all the way from New Orleans!- and AGH CRAP I FORGOT THE GUY’S NAME SORRY from OKC, for buying our records), to Moose for doing a tremendous job behind the board and introducing me to Frank Zappa’s Thing-Fish, to the folks who made the great food that we ate, and MOST ESPECIALLY James Magruder of From Dead To A Dying World, who put this whole thing together and made us a part of it! THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!
Finally, I’m sorry to say this but when we got back we were greeted with some very sad news, which is that Jonathan Athon from the Savannah band Black Tusk had passed away from injuries that he sustained in a motorcycle accident. Omotai played with BT last year, and everyone remembers Jonathan from that gig as a really nice guy. Our condolences to his family, Black Tusk and all of the people that knew and loved him.