Indie rock shows more often then not are disappointing and I don’t blame the bands but it is merely a result of their lifestyle. They go on the road for a month at a time playing to half filled rooms (if they’re lucky) only to wake up the next day to drive 300+ miles to do the same again. Once a band gets to Austin they are exhausted, sick and emotionally battered; the shows that they produce as a result are often half arsed and rarely worth the cover. Don’t get me wrong I love going to shows and I support bands I like but every once in awhile I need to be reminded what a live show should be, entertaining. Last Wednesday I got such a reminder at Beerland watching Teeners vs. Party Garbage.
It was a punk rock battle of the bands with both bands on stage alternating songs and to make it interesting the two leader singers had been duct taped together. The music was your standard Black Flag sound but it was the performance not the sound that recharged my love of live shows. While watching the Teeners singer punch his own face in I smiled and thought to myself, he loves to play music. So if you’re ever feeling a bit of the indie rock show blahs I suggest you go see an Austin punk band and get reacquainted with a good time.