Free Week in Austin is an annual event that takes place during the first week of January. A handful of the city’s independent live music venues waive cover charges and host an array of Austin’s best local artists. The idea is get Austinites a chance to see more Austin artists and provide the artists a chance to perform in front of large crowds. The hardcore venues on Red River also partake in the festivities, including Red 7.
Red 7 is one of the premiere Red River live music venues that is known for black t-shirts wearing crowds, their hilariously snarky blog and some of the best (craziest) concerts in Austin. We couldn’t be happier about presenting our long overdue, first ever Latino punk rock showcase on Wednesday, January 4. Given it is our first punk rock show, we wanted to make sure to bring you not only one of the best up-and-comers from Austin but also some of San Antonio’s best. After all, no one can argue that San Antonio is home to some of Texas’s best punk rock bands.
Opening the showcase will be San Antonio based Mariachis Del Infierno (MDI). Their music is rooted in Tex-Mex, rockabilly, punk and psychobilly. Whether they are singing in English or Spanish, MDI’s lyrics are evil and twisted. They are not your abuela’s mariachi band. Watch their music video for for their song “Zombie Querida” here.
Following MDI will be San Antonio pop-punk trio Heather Go Psycho (HGP). At first they may appear to be following in the footsteps of their idols and hometown heroes Girl in a Coma, but once the music stops the comparisons will stop. Frontwoman Jackie Psycho’s voice is reminiscent of early Courtney Love and her raspy screams sound like one of those chicks who used to sing Tsunami Bomb. HGP will be performing in support of their debut EP, Favorite Record. Listen to the title track on their SoundCloud here.
The first Austin band to perform will be local pop-punk favorites, The Sweethearts. The female fronted group have been on a brief hiatus from performing with due to drummer Joel Nihlean’s departure, but they are back with Marco Lozano on drums and with new songs. Be ready to enjoy buzzsaw style punk rock with a nod to garage rock and the girl groups of the 1960’s.
Co-headlining our first ever punk rock showcase are the incredible “puro pedo punkeros” from San Antonio, Piñata Protest. While several quotable descriptions are out there to try and describe the band’s original sound, we like “the love child of Sid Vicious and Flaco Jiménez” the best. What the Dropkick Murphys do for the Irish, Piñata Protest due for Mexicans. If you’ve never seen hardcore punk rock with accordion, you’re in for a treat and some real pendejadas.
Headlining our showcase will be Austin based punk rock group Sober Daze. The group began in Luquillo, Puerto Rico in 2002 where members Peter Figueroa, Alex “Korn” Rivera and Christopher “Fatty” Bourcy attended high school. Known early in their career for epic punk rock house performances that included tree house bars and skateboard ramps, Sober Daze have slowly built up one of the rowdiest fan bases a band could have. The band is currently working on a new record and will be performing some of their new material from that record. No strangers to Free Week or Red 7, Sober Daze are the perfect Austin headliner for our first punk rock showcase. Watch this live video courtesy of our sister site, Red River Noise, of Sober Daze performing at Red 7 during Free Week in 2010.
Red 7 is located at 611 E. 7th Street. Doors open at 9:00pm. Free Admission. All ages are welcome. Visit the official Facebook event page here and on Do512 here. This show is sponsored in part by the City of Austin, Pachanga Latino Music Fest. Media sponsors for this show are SATX Music and Red River Noise.