There was a point in the early 1980’s when hardcore punk took a breather from it’s breakneck speed. Bands like No Trend, Flipper, Fang and The Crucifucks brought their tunes to a slow boil chock full of rage and ennui. Their albums are a lesson in churning, grinding humility.
Austin’s Total Abuse aren’t much different. Similar to Pennsylvania outfit Pissed Jeans (but way more grittier), Total Abuse play hardcore like a tiger paces it’s cage. Slowly, methodically and with sinister intentions. The band first came on the scene with a self-released demo-tape in 2006. Since then they’ve released three albums and a smattering of singles and EPs. Last year they released Looking For Love, a three-song slab of hardcore so thick it feels it was recorded in a lead-lined bunker.
Los Angeles’ Sissy Spacek are a complete 180 from the angelic and ethereal actress they’re named after. Brutal, difficult and uncompromising, Sissy Spacek’s thrash tunes are 30 seconds of extreme noise terror. Tracks like “Internal Panic,” “Hot Poison,” and “Oils Of Your Eyes” will melt your face clean off.
Beerland is located at 711 Red River St. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information, including set times, visit the Facebook event page here.