Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Local bands at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2009

Fun Fun Fun Fest logo 2Austin is well-represented in this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest lineup (see the full lineup here). Anyone who reads this blog knows my focus is on local bands. Don't get me wrong; I'm stoked about Danzig, but ol' Glenn doesn't need me to tell you what a horror-punk legend he is. So with that, I thought I'd give you a rundown of some of the Austinites you'll want to know about at this year's two-day festival at Waterloo Park.

The Roots might be the most recognizable and popular example of a hip-hop group with a live backing band, but they're not the only ones. Austin has several, and among them is Betaplayer, a group with two emcees and a backing band that has serious chops. Check out the video below. I also have a live instrumental jam from Betaplayer on my YouTube channel here. Visit Betaplayer on MySpace.

Austin isn't known for its metal or hardcore scenes like San Antonio is, but that doesn't mean ATX can't rock your skull when we have to. Case in point: Austin's Pack of Wolves. They released a wicked vinyl-only album a few months ago and they're set to open for The Sword at a sold-out show this Friday at Mohawk. Austin Vida interviewed the band (here) and Chuck Loesch from 101X's metal radio show No Control gave the album a glowing review (here). Metal is not dead in this city. Check out Pack of Wolves on MySpace.

If you check the local concert calendars regularly enough, you've no doubt seen the name Harlem. They played a pizza place yesterday and the outside stage at Mohawk last Saturday (that's range). Harlem recently signed with Matador Records, a legendary label in the indie-rock world. Matador is home to other Fun Fun performers, including Fucked Up, Mission of Burma, and Austin's own Shearwater. The New York label also gave Spoon its first out-of-town record deal back in the '90s. If Matador is into Harlem, they might be worth checking out yourself. Visit Harlem on MySpace.

Much like Harlem, the quartet of Strange Boys is also into creating sloppy-fun dance tunes with a '60s garage-rock sound and feel. Strange Boys are a little more old-school R&B than Harlem, but both bands are top-notch garage-rock revivalists. It seems to be the "it" genre of the moment, and Austin has plenty of bands who do it well. Visit The Strange Boys on MySpace.


Seeing these guys on a festival stage will be surreal. Bankrupt and the Borrowers often get tagged with the "bar rock" label, unfairly I might add. Sure, they're drunks who play for other drunks, but the Borrowers are musicians' musicians. Their technical skill and musical diversity means they can (and often do) sit in with other bands and fit right in. Their talent as songwriters is evident from their limited but diverse recorded material. And few bands have as much energy live as these guys. You can tell by watching that they love the music they play. Listen to new, unreleased songs from the band on MySpace.

Other locals at Fun Fun Fun Fest
This Will Destroy You, The Laughing, Vega, Shearwater, Peligrosa DJs, Foot Patrol, LAX, The Black and White Years, Moonlight Towers, and Low Line Caller.

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