Horrible Fest 2014 came and went in a furious blur. Drugs were consumed, fireworks were set off, sweaty dudes moshed, and bands raged with possessed punk rock passion. Iceage headlined the first night with a disappointing and monotonous set. It’s okay to have an off night, fellas. I ain’t mad at ya! The locals more than made up for it. Fat Vegan did an old school Cleveland style set where it’s miraculous that nobody lost an eye while Cruelster and Queens of Hell shredded Now That’s Class to pieces.
Night two was equally stellar with locals Hep*Z, Wetbrain, and Obnox absolutely dismantling the crushed competition. Cleveland was in full effect, hot damn! It’s a real shame I left before the Secret Prostitutes from Houston. They are a fun and unique KBD styled band. Pleasure Leftists took Homostupids slot which was perfectly fine with me. Singer Hailey does ghostly goth vocals reminiscent of a witchy Grace Slick that carry the bands dreary, proficiently played post-punk sound into an English field of dreams and despair. Unholy Two also murdered my ear drums with droning, hateful, noise-punk. Go get their new album on Austin’s 12xu! Continue reading HORRIBLE FEST 2014 REVIEW AND PICTURES
Folks from all over the world know about SXSW. It’s an annual event that puts Austin into chaos for the better part of nine days. Some call it a “hipster fest” but this gathering is much more than that. Do you like Beyonce? How about harsh noise music? Garage rock? Hip hop? Korean dance pop? You get the point, right? Everything is is available at arms length. The best part is catching up with old friends over shared beers though. Many people come from out of town and escape a drudging winter for a week in a sunny city where good looking people and hot weather are expected. It’s an escape. Luckily I live in Austin now and get to experience this city all year long. Locals may bitch that people should go back home but the March activities boost the local economy and morale in general. Unfortunately this year was marked by an unnecessary and despicable tragedy as a drunk driver with a stolen car mowed through a crowd of festival goers, murdering at least three and injuring many more. The next morning a dark cloud hung over Austin but people rallied together and raised over 100k for the victims and their families. There is hope, people. Let’s all enjoy music and be good to each other, after all that’s what SXSW really is about.
-MATT GREENFIELD Continue reading RUST BELT HAMMER WENT TO SXSW. HERE ARE OUR THOUGHTS AND SWEET PICTURES.
Tentative Horrible Fest Schedule
Iceage (Denmark – Matador Records)
Buck Biloxi and the Fucks (New Orleans)
Obnox (West Side Punks)
Prostitutes (Noisy Cle Electronics)
Queen Of Hell (Cleveland glam punks, Morte from Kill The Hippies)
Fat Vegan (w/ a full meat ensemble)
Mr. California & Zack The Ripper (1st ever live set!) Continue reading FULL HORRIBLE FEST LINEUP ANNOUNCED. ICEAGE HEADLINES THIS ANNUAL CLEVELAND EVENT.