[The latest addition to the OVRLD family is Brittany Bartos, who today runs down the lineup of one of our most-anticipated Free Week shows. Enjoy!]
Sometimes there are shows, and other times there are shows. The shows where the lineup and the venue is so promising, you know you’d be crazy to miss it. Friday night at Holy Mountain is one of those shows. For one thing, cover is free, as Austin’s brilliant Free Week is still very much in effect. Along with that, Holy Mountain was named by Austin Culture Map to be the best new venue in Austin by a landslide majority in their reader’s poll. But the best reason to check out this show is the bands.
First on the bill is the very young but very exciting Residual Kid. Make no bones about it, these kids rock. They are playing punk music that could sound at home in the post-hardcore scene of the nineties – and they are playing it at 14 years old (and younger). Don’t let their ages fool you. Once they take the stage they clearly show that their skill surpasses that of many of their peers in the Austin scene – and their “peers” are musicians two or three times older than they are. Watch for Deven Ivy (guitar), Max Redman (bass), and Ben Redman (drums) to suddenly up and switch instruments, and still continue rocking out and owning the crowd. Check out their track “Lost Cause” off of their EP Faces released this past October.
Next up is Tiger Waves. Melding soft surf sounds with neo-psychedelic new wave, their music sounds like sunshine. The band started apart – with founding member Reid Comstock living in Chicago and other founding member James Marshall living in Austin. After Comstock made the move to Austin, the band expanded and has been gaining a steady following in the scene. TigerWaves is ready to take on 2013 with a nationwide tour, and has started a KickStarter page to help fund their travels. Check out their newest single “Countryside” off of their newest single released in September 2012.
Boyfrndz is a band that has been impressing audiences in Austin since 2010. Opening for some rad acts such as Russian Circles, Adebisi Shank, Fang Island, and Coheed and Cambria, they’ve definitely been making a name for themselves. Their 2011 self-titled album was also produced by Ikey Owens, long time keyboardist for The Mars Volta. Playing experimental punk-psych-shoegaze, these boys know how to own the stage. Check out the track “Not That Sensitive” off of their newest album, All Day Pass, released this past September.
The Boxing Lesson
Taking on the stage next is Austin’s beautiful and brilliant The Boxing Lesson. Paul Waclawsky and Jaylinn Davidson play their respective instruments (guitar for Paul, keys for Jaylinn) with a huge smile on both of their faces. Their brand of psychedelic space rock makes everyone in the audience happy as well. Recently joining the dynamic duo on drums is none other than Ben Redman, the young and insanely talented drummer from Residual Kid. You can check out their newest track “Eastside Possibilities” here off their upcoming Big Hits LP to be released in March 2013.
Closing out the party will be Zorch. A drums and keyboards duo featuring vocals by both members, they have been gathering a lot of attention in Austin lately. Playing noise rock mixed with psychedelic experimental synth-jam action, Zac Traeger and Sam Chown command attention in the same way that a full band would. Check out their B-side track “E.M.F.” off of their last Cosmic Gloss EP that was released in 2011, which you can also pick up as a limited edition cassette tape.
– Brittany Bartos