Attention Austin punk lifers: Jesus Lizard to play ACL Live in September

The Jesus Lizard’s David Yow at Liberty Lunch in 1996. Karen Warren/American-Statesman

Born from the ashes of 1980s Austin punk band Scratch Acid, hardcore-noise band the Jesus Lizard had a good run in the 1990s and reunited once last decade, but they haven’t played here since 2009. That’ll change this fall when they return for a Sept. 22 concert at ACL Live.

Tickets, $32-$39, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 20, via the venue’s website.

Scratch Acid helped change the face of Austin underground music in the 1980s, alongside the iconoclastic Butthole Surfers, the Big Boys and others. When Scratch Acid split in 1987, singer David Yow and bassist David Wm. Sims joined forces with guitarist Duane Denison to record the first Jesus Lizard EP.

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After moving to Chicago, they added drummer Mac McNeilly and recorded several albums for indie label Touch and Go, as well as a 1990 split single with Nirvana. They moved to Capitol for two mid-late 1990s albums before calling it quits. A spate of reunion shows a decade ago included an appearance at the 2009 Fun Fun Fun Fest in Waterloo Park.

Another long hiatus followed until the band reunited for a string of shows last December. Now they’ve booked eight more dates for this summer/fall, including the Austin stop.

No opening act has been announced. Might we suggest Doctors’ Mob?


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