Andy's Closes Out the Weekend in Style.
During the Main Stage sets, you couldn't get a feel either way if Sunday's venue shows would be like the rest of the weekend or not.
The crowd was huge and having a great time. Would they stay after the headliner and finish out the weekend or had everyone had enough? Arriving at Andy's for the first set, Video, you wouldn't think anything had changed. The place was packed and a line did form out front, turning into a one-in/one-out situation.
The Denton band sure put on a frenzied performance to the packed house. Frontman Daniel Fried flailed about stage while the rest of the band jammed through the sometimes psychedelic, sometimes brutal and often heavy songs. The set was totally punk rock in that it lasted about 30 of the 45 minutes they were allowed. The band filled the rest of the set with Fried rambling about music culture, 35 Denton, corporate America, rock 'n' roll and so on. The monologue was accompanied by the band doing an improvised psychedelic jam session that eventually wound its way back into their last song to close out the set. It was kind of a mess.
Good thing those are always fun to watch.
Pyschedelic Horseshit followed, and ended up being an odd fit on the bill. I can see an argument for their inclusion, but it just didn't work. Coming on after the high energy Video and doing a pretty drastically different style of music caused most of the dense crowd to head elsewhere. They did a decent set, but it just wasn't meant to be. By the end of their performance, Andy's was a blank canvas.
XRay Eyeballs came on next and, as they set up, the crowd started to come back and fill the place up. Their set was pretty killer and they even managed to generate a mosh pit, which is more than can be said of most of the shows this weekend. They played in the midst of a dense fog, with Christmas lights and some incandescents on the floor as the main light sources. It was kind of spooky in an awesome way. They do this sort of punk rock, synthesizer garage thing and it totally works live. It makes you move.
They'll be down at SXSW, and if you have the energy to head down there after this past weekend. you should catch them.
After the set, it was time to head out to another venue — since you could finally do that for the first time over the weekend.