Lot's of great local bands including Vatos Locos, and a Tread reunion show! I think it's time to Read More!
Human Error played a hardcore Heavy Metal. Their vocalist spent most of his time turned opposite to the crowd. They played anywhere from fast and intense to slower and more powerful.
Focusyn played what they announced as their first show. Their sound was a ranging Punk mix that could like anything from Bad Brains mixed with Dead Milkmen, to more straightforward, to even Southern influenced songs.
The Burden played anywhere from slower and grunge-ier to heavy and faster Metal influence Punk. Their singer was probably the most confrontational of the day. He ranged through the emotions of a caged animal: anywhere from strange looks of fear to explosive fury. He roamed around the club too; rarely staying in the same spot for very long. They announced they were playing a Black Flag tribute set at Walter's on August 19th after finishing their last song.
The Unzipped played a surf and Rock-A-Billy mix. They played smooth and nailed an authentic sound for each style they tried. Echo soaked Guitar, Powerful Vocals and Bass, up-beat Drumming paired with spot-on smooth playing makes for a must see/hear Garage Rock show.
The Takes went on shortly aft The Unzipped started. They had a poppy pogo approved Punk sound that at the same time was extremely gritty and aggressive. They unfortunately had a power outage during the final half of their last song leaving just Bass and Drums audible after unsuccessful attempts to quickly fix the outage the song ended and their leave was marked by their guitarist throwing his Fender deep into the mud.
Vatos Locos played a hardcore Punk that still had some melody thrown in for good measure. Some songs showed tones of Metal or Rock-a-billy which made for some added originality. They got the crowd more enthusiastic than any other band thus far, which can be quite a task when playing outside in the Texas summer. Congrats to them for getting the show goers to finally liven up!
The Compound Family is a Bluegrass Punk band(Yes you heard- er.. read right) that made their live debut. TCF features somewhere around 8 members with instruments including: Stand-up Bass, Mandolin, Banjo, Accordion, Fiddle, Acoustic Guitar, a Kid's Drum Set, and a lead Guitar. They are also somewhat of a supergroup considering most members are other bands such as the Street Dogs. They played a few originals along with covers of Rancid's "Poison", Minor Threat's version of "Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White", and Descendents "Bikeage".
Luxurious Panthers played a nice classic Rock-a-Billy with all the stops: Reverby guitar, Up-right Bass, and songs about Cars, girls and the like. Though they hadn't practiced for "a long time" they played tight, and energetically. Throw in a few slick moves like standing on your bass while playing it, and you've got a perfect Rock-A-Billy show!
Cipher played an intense mix between hardcore Metal, and Rap Metal. They announced that this had been their first show in a week after a hellish tour with an constantly breaking down, only to have to be replaced after numerous repairs. Despite all they had been through it made their set more soulful and genuine. (Good luck on the tour guys!)
Tread played their second of two reunion shows. They were on-stage before their allotted time, and provided minor backing while Rich announced more raffle winners. Once he left the stage they began to play and right as things built up they left the stage and walked off. To this some people(including myself) remarked "Best. Set. Ever." half seriously and jokingly...
They played with amazing power and unity. Everything felt completely off the wall Punk yet still completely tight too. They played a large assortment of songs including covers of Bad Brains' "The Regulator", and Anti-Nowhere League's "Let's Break The Law". Many audience members even praised that they've actually gotten better in their time away.