This past Thursday was a wild one for Austin, Texas psych-boys Acid Carousel brought their LSD-soaked rock to a packed house and left us dizzy.
It’s hard not to notice how young they all look but make no mistake, these kids are seasoned vets having each left successful bands to form their current lineup – the super band, if you will.
Rising from the ashes of former Dallas psych outfit ‘Moonwaves’, the Denton rockers dominated a set brimming with distorted chaos – much to the appreciation of the crowd. Playing several tracks from their 2018 EP Street Cowboys, beer flew, soaking the already sweat-drenched audience. If you’re looking for one of the best live shows in Texas, Acid Carousel is the group for you.
Headlining the evening were Atlanta punks, The Coathangers – so good that their fans literally followed them while on tour. One man in the crowd said he was going to see them at all four Texas dates on their current tour on top of seeing them thirteen times in the past two years, jeez.
The Coathangers remind you of the early punk days in New York bringing uptempo jams but with nonaggressive vocals unlike the LA Punk scene. Their formula is simple but effective creating a set that’s a slow burn yet still full of crowd involvement and the occasional mosh pit. Their fan base is what is really impressive having turned the inside stage of Barracuda into a shoulder to shoulder sweat lodge full of everyone living their best life, these fans simply bleed their lyrics.
If you missed out Thursday, then you missed one of the rawest performances from some very promising acts. The future for Acid Carousel is as bright as their clothing and The Coathangers are here to remind you that the true origins of punk still live on today in a new generation. The show was fantastic so make sure you catch both bands next time they come to your town.
Check out some photos from the evening below.
Words & Photography: Matthew Carlin