This Friday night at Beerland, three of Austin’s heaviest bands will take the stage to lay waste to your ears and plunder whatever’s left of your soul. So just a friendly head’s up – you might want to pack some extra ear plugs.
The deep and dense stoner rock riffs of Hamburguesa bring to mind Black Sabbath at their slowest, the Melvins at their creepiest, and Dinosaur Jr. at their loudest. There’s also whiffs of Austin’s not-so-long-ago past, mainly the Trance Syndicate Records scene of the 1990’s. Trance Syndicate Records was founded by Butthole Surfers drummer King Coffey, and it was home to a few notable weirdo bands like Crust, Ed Hall, and Cherubs. Hamburguesa is definitely flying that particular noise-rock freak flag high.
If you dig even deeper in Austin’s underground noise band history, you’ll eventually hit Scratch Acid, fronted by the beastly David Yow. Scratch Acid was musically somewhere between post-punk and the grunge rock explosion that hit years later. Yow would go on to indie-rock fame when he left Austin for Chicago and formed Jesus Lizard. Local band Cabra have that same wild, free-form intensity, but more importantly, these guys have serious chops. They might be a trio, but the unholy racket they emit sounds more like an army of guitar-wielding commandos.
Rounding out the bill is Flyin’ Lion, a two piece (guitars and drums) metal band that combines elements of Blue Cheer, L7, Unsane, and Monster Magnet. With tracks like “Crystal Spaceships,” “Zebra Unicorn,” and “Flying Piranha Squirrels,” Flyin’ Lion mixes the perfect amount of heavy metal and psychedelia.
Beerland is located at 711 Red River St. Doors open at 9 p.m. Ages 21 and over. For more information, visit the Facebook event here.