Not all Latino musicians in Austin sing in Spanish. Not all Latino musicians in Austin play what is considered to be “Latin” music at all. As much as we all love cumbia jammy-jams and Rock en Español, we also love sludgy, grimey blues-rock that Austin used to be known for once upon a time. The best representation of that genre today comes from three Colombian American musicians that go by the name Amplified Heat.
Composed of Jim (guitar), Chris (drums) and Gian (bass), the local trio is a regular performer in Austin. They look and sound like they came straight out of the ’70s (long hair, facial hair if not full on beards and an approachable no bullshit attitude). Their music reflects that.They don’t even use drum risers or monitors.
On Friday, September 14, Amplified Heat will be playing a free headlining show at Frontier Bar, Austin’s newest “Keep Austin Weird” Eastside venue and neighborhood bar. Performing in support of their latest album On The Hunt, Amplified Heat take the stage at 1 a.m. Make it a late night. It will be worth it.
Should you choose to hang out early, there will be a plethora of rock bands for your listening pleasure playing before Amplified Heat. Performing artists include The Green View, These Mad Dogs of Glory, Bang Bang Theodores and Think No Think.
Listen to On The Hunt from Amplified Heat below.