Faster Than Sound: Infinite Hellscape Focuses on Austin’s Eclecticism Under the Stars of West Texas: Camping in Year 1 of Austin/Marathon/Ft. Davis Party – Music
Alexalone at Castle Wright during Infinite Hellscape (Photos by Rachel Rascoe)
I almost couldn’t digest virgin hellscapebrutal industrial clamor for the third time in three days. Maybe it was the Last Supperfairly long table setup, with amps stacked precariously behind and Andre Nogay pontificating in front. Perhaps it was the surrounding mountains and the crystalline Milky Way above, where feltit is Walter Nichols showed me Saturn’s rings through a telescope. Maybe it was the integration of techno beats, but just before midnight outside ft. Davis, I got into it. Festivals ideally present an environment to pay attention to, which meant rushing dogs and an audience of some 150 musicians on the last night of the first year. infinite hellscape.
In painfully thundering sunshine, then pitch black, the intense setting had the Austin familiars playing the best I’ve ever seen of them: like locked up Alexalone – announcing their last concert with Lomeldait is Hannah read as third guitar, violist/vocalist More from Eaze — previewing a new solo album in November, or the aforementioned Felt Out electro-pop engagement. After these last years of packing big bend reservations limiting my typical westbound excursions, the best find was the willingness of a generally island Austin scene to travel six hours to hang out, use port-a-potties and camp next to each other in a long row next to harvested vines. Saturday’s event finalized a three-day race through Austin’s A bit tropicalMarathon the grocer of the French company, and finally Strong. Davis’ Chateau Wright Winerywhose spring-fed swim tank and food trucks helped make it a full day and night in the desert.
The concept of the festival was born from a poster shared between Blank Hellscape and the Infinites last summer at French Co., a conveniently stocked general store and patio combo with posters for Butch Hancock, Ralph Whiteand one Jean Prine tribute on the bathroom walls. The place – worth a stop on a West Texas music itinerary with places like Terlingua Starlight Theater or at Marfa Lost Horse Fair – felt receptive to the festival’s intense eclectic choices beyond singer-songwriter. The guy who was grilling tacos, after the burgers ran out, shouted at the rowdy troupe in the area Trunk (connected to the Austin label Digital hot dogs). Back to the grocer for the stuff the next morning, before the hour drive to Ft. Davis, I overheard a local wearing a cowboy hat: “You should have seen it last night. This place is gonna smell like downtown Austin for a month.”
Trunk and Plastidip replaced a series of affiliates participating in the Austin-launched Symphony Network Festival Mother Falcon, some of whom moved as a group to Alpine. The sweet atmosphere of Green woodnew set of Falcon principles Clara Brill and Nick Gregg, marked my favorite encounter in West Texas. Infinite Hellscape also invited a relocated edition to the Alps of a longtime local foggy country crew. Marijuana Sweet Tooth. Alongside Austin’s prominent contingent of alumni, Saturday brought to light acts of unheard-of source of capital.
West soothed by indie rock shagginess led by Daniel Brisonformerly of Dude Elsberry. At nightfall, Heavy Meddo kicked off a new collaboration between longtime experimental compatriots Ethan Smith, Jordan Johnsbow guitarist Jonathan Horneand singer Bill Baird, who immediately broke the mic stand and played along with various rock-flavored tunes on a laptop lying in the dirt. The festival’s substantial noise curation also provided my first experience with Austin’s Shit and shineproject often on European sound collage tour Craig Nail (USA/Mexico) with live drummer George Mayowho came from dc
Infinite Hellscape Festival Saturday Sunset at Ft. Davis
Before the West Texas part of the festival, I played viola with The lonely woman at the Kinda Tropical local kickoff – also a chance to check out Austin’s new hardcore project heavencrossed out by Time-consumingit is Casey Allen, who kept calling the place “sorta mid”. The parking lot show began nightly performances co-featuring festival namesakes Blank Hellscape and the Infinites, with percussion for the latter provided by central organizer Sam Jordan.
The kind of person who would probably manage to stay upbeat for the entirety of a family vacation, and who also plays drums at Alexalone, Jordan’s emphatic cheers went through the crowd for every band (“Go Felt Out! Woohoo!” ). Jordan hopes to host another Infinite Hellscape next year. With musical convergences of recent memory like that of Terlingua Spatula City Limits and Myths of Marfa seemingly on hiatus, the team may be onto something, especially since Texas monthly recently called Ft. Davis “the destination for people who can no longer tolerate the climbing of nearby Marfa.”
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Anton’s archiveformer label of the Austin blues nightclub, is slowly relaunching with the announcement of Angela Strehlithe next album by ace of blue. Starts with Clifford Antoine in 1987, the label then declared bankruptcy and changed hands in a complex decade-long legal saga, ultimately ending with the acquisition by New Western Records in 2010. The label’s website reads: “New West Records is proud to announce the rebirth of Antone’s Records and the rebirth begins with Angela Strehli, one of the most legendary and iconic members of the Antone’s family. blues.” The album, which will be released on November 11, features his first solo release in 17 years and his first record with Antone’s since 1987. shake the soul. A New West Spotify playlist uses Antone’s and Nineties Austin label logos watermelon foldersalso acquired during the sale as part of Texas music group.
Hotel Magdalena off South Congress will soon host a new vinyl bar in the basement. Equipment room plans to open in late December at 1101 Music Ln. The concept of hi-fi listening stems from Mohawk owner/Hot luck co-founder James Moodyas good as Breakaway records co-owners Josh LaRue and Gabe Vaughn. Other parties involved include management dormitory group, high-end speakers Klipsch-Audioand Chef Magdalena’s snack/cocktail plans Jeffrey Hundelt.