Last Thursday the Fat Wreck Chords 2013 tour hit Austin in what had to be one of the coldest nights for an outdoor show. For some The Belmont’s heaters were the early draw for the crowd. Newly signed Get Dead from The Bay Area kicked off the night with their blend of acoustic drunk punk – think Swingin’ Utters meets Against Me (both Fat alum).
The proclaimed “warmest group of the night” Masked Intruder, who was escorted in by their parole officer to the tune of sirens, quickly stole everyone’s attention from how damn cold it was. You’ve got to check these boys out, seriously – they have a hype man.
By the time Anti-Flag hit the stage it was clear everyone would brace the cold. Hitting on most of the bands catalog, including fan favorites “Die for your Government” and “Turncoat”, Anti-Flag took a moment to reflect on the recent passing of Nelson Mandela and to remind everyone one we all stand for peace. Closing out the set drummer Pat Thetic brought down his kick, snare and hi-hat along with bassist Chris #2 and finished out the night playing in the middle of the crowd.
And with their second appearance in Austin this year, Less Than Jake once again returned and showed everyone that 20+ years later these songs still sound great. See the Light, the bands newest album has been well received and getting airplay without the assistance the band has had prior dealing with major labels. And why? The fans they said. The set consisted heavily on the classics with a few new tunes including the first single “My Money Is on the Long Shot”. They even played an Anthem tune, but not without reminding everyone “you all hated this album”.
Despite the cold and somewhat odd venue for this line up, the show was a blast from the past and present. Here’s hoping Austin becomes an annual stop.