On Friday, Austin Town Hall and Eric Braden, of Big Bill hosted a release party for the excellent new Austin music compilation, ‘Slack Capital.’ All around, the evening was a very well curated sampler of Austin’s punk and garage rock scene. Here are four highlights.
Annabelle Chairlegs. Ladies and gentlemen, meet one of Austin’s future “big things”. Thoroughly captivating lead singer Lindsey Macklin stirs a cauldron of simmering emotion that frequently and furiously boils over into explosive, guitar screeching psych rock. The group has been steadily gaining traction on the Austin underground and was just added to the lineup for Levitation Fest at the end of the month.
Sailor Poon. True story. Back when Eric Webb and I were Periscoping 360 First Spins someone popped up and told us we should check out Sailor Poon. Coming off an episode of galling sexual harassment, we assumed it was a creeper and blocked the user and thus were a good 6 months late to discover the gleefully obscene, all-female project that’s churning the best, unapologetic, post-riot grrrl art punk in Austin.
Basketball Shorts. The hilarious party punks contributed a heartfelt ditty about “Home Alone” to the “Slack Capital” collection. Also in their catalog is “East Side Lies,” a two minute rager about a pizza that never arrived. Austin Town Hall is putting out a new release from them in June. Fairly certain it will make you laugh out loud at least once.
Que Pasa? The tongue-and-cheek, but not entirely ironic Facebook classification for the band is “bittersweet pop.” Really, the trio is a vehicle for Austin garage scene vet Liz Herrera (Dikes of Holland, Selena Y los Burritos) to stretch out, explore new ideas and flex her chops. The whole band is rock solid, and Herrera’s guitar work is, quite frankly, outstanding.