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Friday, March 14, 2008

SXSW Day Two: The Headbangers Ball

posted by on March 14 at 14:05 PM

I can’t tell you how mad I was when I realized I missed Napalm Death and Motörhead. They were at noon and three o’clock, and at that point I was somehow just leaving the assisted elderly home were I slept a fairly weird six hours on a half-inflated blow-up mattress. But that’s another story. After some random taco-like foodstuffs, I went and got a beer from The Amazing Mr. Lifto. Remember Lifto? That guy from Jim Rose Circus Sideshow who could lift cinder blocks with his penis? Seems he’s a bartender in Austin now. And a good one at that. Shortly after, I ran into The Amazing Jennifer Maerz. She suggested we head over to the VICE magazine showcase to bang our heads to some punk rock… some new punk rock. Just like old times.

First up, MixHell. At first it sounded like just dance music, but then dude starts pounding on the drums while the girl DJs. Turns out the MixHell is Igor Cavalera from Sepultura, and the girl is wifey. Dance Music marries Thrash Metal. Weird. I like it.


Next this guy comes out. With Fucked Up - VICE’S “favorite hardcore band in the world”.


The singer instantly loses his shirt somewhere, and starts brutalizing the venue…



and the audience, in a good, only slightly dangerous way…


He kept trying to trying to do cartwheels and somersaults. Kept failing. He pretty much trashed his own audience. Who in turn, placed him at the bottom of a serious and sizable dog pile at the end of the last song. I saw him after the show, cleaning blood from his forehead, not from the audience, but from his own repeated smacks to the head with his microphone. Is this hardcore? I’m not going to argue.

After Fucked Up, Jay Reatard hit the stage. Reatard killed it, and simultaneously head-banged through the entire set. I saw the leader singer of Spoon in the audience. He tried to head bang a little too, but you could tell he was too self-conscious.



Lastly, was new band Dark Meat. Picture a weirder Polyphonic Spree…


who live together in a cult and eat acid for breakfast…


People in the audience were throwing streamers, rubber balls, and screaming. Someone also had a shit-ton of confetti…


They killed it too. My favorite new band of the day.


I never dreamed never hippies could headbang. I guess there’s a first for everything.



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Awesome pics!

Where's Brockman?


Posted by trent moorman | March 14, 2008 2:14 PM


Posted by sasha | March 14, 2008 2:39 PM

Fucked Up are one of the best bands on the planet. They're really doing it EXACTLY RIGHT.

Of course, I'm partial to big hairy fat guys taking off their shirts on stage, so I may be a little biased.... god bless Pink Eyes.

Posted by bunnypuncher | March 14, 2008 3:19 PM

All us hippies do anymore is headbang, for serious! You got to get that rock-out going on proper to see the light.

Posted by Ari Spool | March 14, 2008 3:31 PM

Oh yeah and I fucking love Jay Reatard AND Dark Meat and I wish I was there with you guys!

Posted by Ari Spool | March 14, 2008 3:32 PM

Wasn't Sex Vid supposed to play after Fucked Up? What happened?

Posted by mackro mackro | March 15, 2008 12:28 AM

Deflated air mattress?
I pumped up that thing with my own famously blow hard lips.

You just wait 'til you and I are in the rock & roll retirement home. Why, I'll shake my cane at you for all your whipper-snapper shenanigans!

Posted by thevicfox! | March 15, 2008 1:16 AM

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