Rancid’s a band that’s been close to my heart for the better part of fifteen years, every since I was a young teen sporting chain wallets and getting my band tees at Hot Topic on a regular basis. Well, if you could believe it, it’s been a very long time since I’ve stopped into a Hot Topic, and even longer since Rancid was at the forefront of my playlist, so when the California punkers made their way to Houston’s House of Blues it was a pretty major blast from the past.
Damn you Bacon for getting me into another band right before SXSW. If I needed more complications in my scheduling next week, I would’ve tried to find a new band my-damn-self. Dude seriously, not cool. Here I sit, at very late at night/early in the morning, with a slight Whiskey Wednesday buzz on, thinking about how I’m going to see Yellow Ostrich as many times as possible during the course of Austin’s musical orgy next week. Actually, screw it. I’m going to protest this band over the course of SXSW, just because you got me into them right now. I’m going to have to wait until they make it back around before I see them, and I blame that on you. It could be a couple years, who knows?! Damnit! Shit! Why, dude?!
My musical ventures generally drift towards the outer Houston area, but now and again I fall in love with a project born and bred in my own backyard. I’ve certainly touted Houston/La Porte alt-country(?) group Buxton quite a bit here on BOT, so when any side project of the group I love so dear and near pops up, I’m immediately attracted. Recently, I was at the mink hamming it up with Sergio Trevino and Haley Barnes from Buxton, and they were on and on about their newest collaboration dawned the Ancient Cat Society. They couldn’t stopped joking about what could be from the duo, including new wave and punk rock, but decided they’d be best off sticking with the folk theme.
They’ve now sprouted into a legit act, augmented by the multi-talented Austin Sepulvado, and have a quality video (multi-angled at that!) to prove it. I can’t get enough of this trio, and hope to eventually catch them live as soon as possible. It’s a new, simpler take on Sergio’s lyricism, with Haley shining as vocalist – this project allowing her vocals to stand out rather than support as her role in Buxton showcases. Check out the video of the trio performing their tune “Mary Frances” at Rudyard’s last week…
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