It was a Sargent House affair at Red 7, as two of the Los Angeles record label’s loudest and grooviest bands rocked the Austin venue’s newly remodeled indoor stage.
Zechs Marquise, the El Paso instrumental prog-fusion group, got the crowd dancing with their heavy rhythms and fiery psychedelic guitars. Despite having a backup drummer filling in, the group still brought a tight and immersive sound. Northern Ireland’s instrumental post-rockers And So I Watch You From Afar brought the most passionate set of the night, with guitarists constantly jumping and swaying hard. It was a wonder none of them ever fell down or rammed into each other. The quartet’s set ended on an inspiring note when both guitarists hopped off the stage, instruments in hand, and played the rest of the closing song surrounded by fans. Local opener Zorch impressed many with their psychedelically tinged electro-pop, as well as keyboardist Zac Traeger’s friendly and talkative between-song demeanor, which involved standing on his chair and offering words of encouragement.