Posted in metal | music | pictures on June 3, 2011

photos by Tim Griffin & BBG, words by BBG

Cro-Mags
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The Chaos has begun! Chaos in Tejas, which runs through Sunday, kicked off officially yesterday (6/2) with shows featuring headlining sets from Converge, Hooded Menace, The Spits, White Lung, and Cro-Mags.

My journey began with a few minutes of Crazy Spirit from NYC (who were awesome, and sold-out the inside room at Emo's) before heading to catch Trap Them as they kicked off the show at Mohawk. There was some trepidation in the room considering news that a Converge member had a health issue and would cancel the remaining dates of their tour, but Trap Them made sure to reassure the crowd that the band was on hand to play Austin last night. Converge news aside, Trap Them played another excellent set that saw Ryan McKenney open up his face (again) while climbing the PA, walls, and everything in between.

Trap Them
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Cult of Youth were already playing at Emo's by the time I reached the venue, and the band's energetic folk peppered with violin was an excellent contrast to the rest of the night's speed demon punishing, but also just plain excellent. Vile Gash followed on the indoor stage shortly thereafter, playing a short set of pissed-off hardcore that got the pit moving. Their material on Youth Attack was represented well in the live setting. I caught the tail-end of Bone Sickness shortly thereafter. Their awesome and brutal death-metal was an another excellent contrast to the rest of the night.

Veins
Veins

Veins was next, and this hardcore crew comprised of members of Charles Bronson, Das Oath, Castevet, and more was fantastic. From the opening note of their set (the first song from their self-titled debut), the crowd was unhinged, and only got crazier when the band covered Sick of It All's "Straight Ahead". One of the highlights of my night.

After a set by The Slowmotions on the large stage, Double Negative opened up the pit again with their unique take on punk/hardcore. The North Carolinians had a helluva task to follow Veins, but were completely up to the task. Awesome set by these guys.

D-Clone
D-Clone

The crowd ate up Asta Kask's crusty confections on the main stage, but it was D-Clone (who headlined Emo's indoor) who brought us back down to hell. The Japanese band lives by the mantra "Noise Not Music", and their furious and high-energy hardcore was atonal, screeching and amazing. Sooo loud... their piercing noise lead to, according to an Emo's staffer, "the most earplugs we've ever sold". The last three sets at Emo's indoors (D-Clone, Double Negative, Veins) were total highlights for me.

Cro-mags finished off the crowd with classic NYHC material that included covers by Bad Brains, Leeway and others. The band's energetic set was amazing, and it's hard to argue that Jon Joseph is not one of the most energetic frontmen in hardcore. Bodies flew (see above) (and below).

After Cro-mags, I was still a bit restless so I sauntered on over to Broken Neck to catch Tragedy (again) with Origin of M... but I'll save that story for later (stay tuned).

Read about future CiT happenings in our guide. Our first set of pictures from Chaos in Tejas, all taken on the first day, continues below...

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Comments (47)

WOW

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 6:32 PM

They say a picture is worth a thousand pounds...I mean words.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 6:32 PM

Timmy, you are THE MAN.

Posted by TXn | June 3, 2011 6:33 PM

singer in 1st pic looks like he is using the microphone to mash an imaginery bowl of chick peas petal and mortal style... all while the bass player looks like he is gonna projectile-barf a hummus-tequila mixture...

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 6:40 PM

Mackie and his DMS tattoo. Dude is bad-ass. He kicked me in the face dancing at the Token Entry reunion at Wetlands. Good times.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 6:46 PM

They say a picture is worth a thousand pounds...I mean words.

Posted by Tour | June 3, 2011 6:46 PM

great pictures, looks fun. first pic is hilarious.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 6:46 PM

Those drum clicks in the beginning of 'We Got To Know' should put him in the RNR Hall of Fame.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 6:49 PM

great reporting! great pix! thank you!

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 6:56 PM

so is it like a rule that every member of every hardcore band has to look exactly the same?

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 7:12 PM

^ I dont know, maybe you should ask your friends next time you all meet at J.Crew in the mall.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 7:17 PM

The female stage diver in the first pic would kick ass in a Dan Deacon pit.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 7:18 PM

Not nearly enough pictures in this post.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 7:43 PM

Not nearly enough pics of the tats.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 8:10 PM

got tattoos?

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 8:12 PM

veins = lame. Sorry, just dont dig on your bad vibes.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 8:35 PM

I love that awkward Led Zeppelin in the first photo.

I wonder if he/she/it could sue the venue and the band, after he/she/it broke his/her/its arm when the crowd could not support the weight.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 10:07 PM

INCOMING!

i love the 'duck and cover' approach a few people took in the front row.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 10:08 PM

Veins=lame? What bad vibes?

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 10:29 PM

just plain ugly. all of it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 10:37 PM

Pestle

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 10:39 PM

What's the obsession here at AustinVegan with the sphincter of the nation, Tex-ass?

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 10:52 PM

Does the Trap Them fella open up his nose every show? He should stop doing that, it'll have long term consequences

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 10:59 PM

hoggin

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 11:38 PM

I seriously lol'd at the top pic

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 11:41 PM

the top pic is even funnier if you look at the guy with no shirt on in the crowd kind of looking up going "NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!"

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 11:44 PM

one fat chick surfing in a sea of sausage

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2011 12:01 AM

KID CUDI / ALOE BLACC / DJ IRIE / TAMARA SKY playing TERMINAL 5 on JUNE 13 - event includes OPEN BACARDI BAR. tickets guarantee admission

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2011 12:33 AM

We heard you the first 50 times, 12:33 AM.

This is what happens when black people learn how to use the 'submit' button people. Someone throw him a basketball and when he's distracted grab the keyboard.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2011 12:50 AM

1233pm. shitty show.

go away.

shithead

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2011 5:07 AM

Wow what an epic concert. My favortie band is D-clone by the way!

Posted by assurance | June 4, 2011 7:16 AM

hard LOL at Sick of It All's "Straight Ahead." Much respect to Tommy Carrol

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2011 8:08 AM

woof!

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2011 8:49 AM

@12:50 - I'm not 12:33 but WTF kinda racist asshole are you? You are a coward whose whole body posture shrinks in fear everytime you see a black person, so to compensate and feel better about yourself, you type hatespeak on indie music blog comment boards. Pathetic.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2011 9:53 AM

Dag yo!

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2011 11:08 AM

texasvegan

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2011 12:52 PM

Caption to first photo:

"FUCKING COCKBALLS, I SEE A BALD MAN WITH A BAG OF PITA TRIANGLES, AND I THINK HE'S GOT HUMMUS TOO. GIMEE SOME OF THAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT OM NOMNOMNOMNOM"

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2011 12:52 PM

The way this site displays pics is awful. Total waste of bandwidth. You should really try something else.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2011 1:46 PM

these guys look too cool. i think i am gonna get all tattooed up so i can look just as cool as these dudes!

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2011 2:16 PM

I think its one guys who sings for almost all new hardcore bands. Guy is a faggot too.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2011 2:29 PM

rarrrrrrrr!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2011 2:53 PM

90% of the posters here would totally hit that.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2011 4:28 PM

I don't know who is a bigger idiot: 12:50 for out of the closet racism or 9:53 for attempting to couter 12:50 with the most academic, lazy, college-girl retort.

I am going with 9:53 as the biggest loser.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2011 1:07 AM

Timmy rules but this looks like the Seventh Circle of Hell.

These comments being the Eighth.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2011 5:20 AM

@1:07 - The person "judging" who the biggest loser is on a BV comment thread at 1am on a Saturday night is the biggest loser themself.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2011 10:08 AM

1:07 - you are truly the biggest loser EVER. You win a PBR and get to hand out with the crowd in the photo.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2011 10:01 PM

"Straight Ahead" is a song by the band Straight Ahead, not Sick of it All. SOIA covers it because Craig (their bass player) was in Straight Ahead.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2011 9:41 AM

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