photos by Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Sacher
Black Tusk / Mutoid Man at IO SXSW showcase - 3/13/14
The night after our official SXSW showcase, and only a couple hours after our first of three day parties, we put on a metal showcase with our metal blog Invisible Oranges on Thursday (3/13) at the Quantum Lounge in Austin. It's not a venue you'd normally see a metal show in, and it was a little surreal that the blue-lit-up bar kept its TVs on, playing closed-captioned versions of Malibu's Most Wanted and VH1's '40 Greatest Pranks' as the bands blasted their heavy jams from a corner. But it was a great time.
The show kicked off righteously with Houston's retro/stoner doom band Venomous Maximus, and then came the metallic Mars Volta-isms of power trio Wild Throne. Up next was Yautja, who were one of the buzzier heavy bands at this year's SXSW thanks to a killer blend of sludge and utter weirdness. We had also caught them a couple nights earlier at Pitchfork's Show No Mercy showcase and they did not disappoint at either one.
Making things even more utterly weird, Toby Driver's experimental metal band Kayo Dot followed, covering tons of different genres throughout their set. And then Converge/Cave In side project Mutoid Man knocked everyone out of zoned-out mode with their bluesy swagger and tech-y fills. In addition to material from their 2013 debut LP, Helium Head, they did two covers, including a Dio-era Sabbath song for which they brought out female guest lead singer Sarabeth Linden (who fronts Dio cover band Holy Diva), and the intensely heavy version of The Animals' "Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" that they included on their album under the name "The Manimals." Finally, Savannah sludge masters Black Tusk wrapped up the show, in typically great form.
Catch Kayo Dot in NYC on April 6 at the Acheron, another Invisible Oranges-presented show.
Thanks to everyone who came out. Pictures of the show are in this post, and they continue below...