Woven Bones have a simplistic sound, yet a louder, meaner, and more aggresive vibe than most of your standard fuzz/garage rock bands today. It almost won't do them justice not to see them live. Much like the appreciated vibe of the Velvet Underground, you can appreciate the Woven Bone's uniquely simplistic style and stage manner. This band is a must see and a true validation of the Austin music scene. Review by Jacob Biggie
Photos by Talitha Durgin
The Appleseed Cast was the first show I was able to catch as I arrived late to Fun Fun Fun Fest. I have never heard or listened to this band before, so apologies if my classification of this band seems off, but they came as a dead ringer for Built to Spill. That's not a bad thing. I love Built to Spill and few them as a under appreciated band, and tribute them is always appreicated. The band really manged to pull off and epic guitar solos and instrumentals (I hear it's their post-rock backbone), layered with shoegaze or Sunny Day Real Estate style vocals. Weird, fire starting guitar solo indie rock pretty much set a nice tone for the rest of the day.
Wow. That really is the only word that comes to mind when describing a Antlers set. While constricted to only a thirty minute set and just five or six songs, everything piece of emotional volume that is conveyed on Hospice is pulled off on stage. Every song started slow, giving preface for what was to come, before the band launched into the powerful emotional instrumentals that made up the finales of all the songs. It should be noted that front man Peter Silberman's guitar playing was probably more impressive then that of Appleseed Cast's, not just because it was only one guy pulling all that wonderful noise off, but really putting everything into and making much more off a show then anyone else.
Wavves kind of sucked. I'm not saying that because of any "hipster" spite of the band, because I really do like this band and think that King of The Beach was a good album. It wasn't even the band's fault really, just sound problems that messed up Nathan Williams' guitar. However, those problems were messed with the set. I mean badly. Even though you could tell the band was really into the set, the sound made them come off as really bored with the whole thing or the band very under practiced.The indifference of the crowd didn't help the situation either. Even when high lights like "Post-Acid" or "So Bored" came on, it was the same as if the band had simply just been playing randomly and nothing at all.
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
And the award for weirdest band and performance go too...OK seriously, Ariel Pink's set probably required a large amount of recreational drugs to enjoy the most. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti set had an unfortunate tendency to mush completely together, not knowing when a song ended or started, especially due to the randomly interjected horns and sax that were brought along with the band. It was spaztic and strange to say the least, but it managed to match the same tone and style that was on Before Today. Bonus points, though, need to be given for still pulling off an awesome rendition of "Round and Round" that matched everything the studio version was.