Austin Psych Fest 2014 – Day 2 5-03-2014

After a few hours of sleep and a trip to the Starbucks next door for some much needed caffeine, I left a little later than planned for the second day of Austin Pysch Fest. I went over to the shuttle pickup spot and ended up chatting with a few people which was fun. Once we arrived at Carson Creek Ranch, Austin’s own Pure X were playing on the main stage.

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Pure X

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This guy had a pretty sweet Pee-wee Herman patch at Pure X’s set

Pure X were one of the bands I really wanted to see and they did not disappoint with their slow and hazy sound on the Reverberation Stage. There was a fairly small crowd trying to huddle in the shadow of the stage to escape the bright sun.

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Zombie Zombie

Next, I caught Zombie Zombie in the Levitation Tent. The band consisted of 2 drummers and a guy playing some synths. They were pretty experimental sounding, reminding me of some of the bands I used to see in Providence at AS220. After their set, I went over to get a Sailor Jerry and ginger brew, which was pretty damn refreshing on this very hot day.

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Jacco Gardner

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Morgan Delt

Jacco Gardner was playing down at the Elevation Amphitheater. I stuck around for his mellow set for a few minutes before moving on. I ended up back at the main stage for a while to see Morgan Delt. There was lots of reverb and it was pretty good.

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Bardo Pond

Back down to the river where I grabbed another drink and relaxed for a bit as I waited for Bardo Pond to go on. There was a flute being played along with the slow, droney indie rock sounds, which the really big crowd was loving. A lot of people in hammocks down by the river seemed to be chilling out and enjoying the atmosphere of music, water, and shade.

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Bombino

At this point, my phone needed to be charged (damn you iPhone and your constant battery drain!) so I hit up the only open spot for a 30 pin connector on the solar charging station. I have to say that if it takes 30 minutes for a phone to be charged 3%, the technology isn’t going to catch on. Phone went back to airplane mode for most of the rest of the day. While chatting with others waiting for their phones to charge, I saw most of Bombino’s pretty loud and blues rock set.

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Octopus Project

I gave up on the charger and made my way over to the tent to get out of the setting, but still bright sun for a while. A band called Octopus Project were playing to a huge crowd that overflowed out of the tent, probably because they were also from Austin. They had an electronic sound with really heavy bass. It was awesome!

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Temples

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Mono

Next were Temples on the Reverberation Stage, where a huge crowd had gathered. I wasn’t really feeling it too much, so I went to see what was going on in the tent. Mono was playing to a very small and intimate crowd, probably due to Temples being on the other stage. Mono’s music was very cinematic that would get noisy at times. I was really digging it.

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra

From there, back to the main stage where Unknown Mortal Orchestra were now playing. I made my way up front and got super close to the stage, so close in fact that the bass was literally shaking my clothes. At one point there was a crazy sort of drum solo and the band totally killed it. This was for me an unexpected and very enjoyable set, especially since I wasn’t all that familiar with their stuff.

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Medicine

I had almost forgotten that Medicine were playing, so I went back to the tent. This band is probably best known for the song “Time Baby III” from The Crow soundtrack as well as an appearance in that film. They sounded great and had more than a few diehard fans in the audience. At one point the band was told that they had to end their set and called it bullshit, but with the crowd chanting “one more song!”, they came back out and did one more. The band seemed genuinely pissed off that they had to stop playing, especially since they really seemed to be having a good time on stage, which was evident by singer Beth Thompson’s non stop dancing.

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Acid Mothers Temple selling their merch

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Acid Mothers Temple

Back to the river stage where Acid Mothers Temple were busy lighting their instruments on fire and sounding amazing. Playing in near darkness with just a hint of blue lighting and cool projections on the trees behind them, the band was creating a frenzy of noise. This was simply amazing and they may have won the night because of the cool ass fire on the guitar and cymbals. These guys also get mad props for being real and selling their merch old school out of trunks while taking pictures with fans. Admittedly I couldn’t get into them last year when they played in the tent, but maybe it was the atmosphere down at the river this year that seemed more fitting. Either way, I loved it!

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks were playing in the tent. The people who were there seemed really into them, and they were ok, just not my thing. From there I went over to the main stage for the Brian Jonestown Massacre.

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre

The Brian Jonestown Massacre were on the main stage. I stuck around for a couple of songs then decided to call it a night as I was getting tired and a few days of alcohol, junky food, dust, and lack of sleep were beginning to catch up to me. Once again, the shuttles were a clusterfuck. You’d think that they would have it figured out by now, but that might be asking too much. Two downtown shuttles came buy as a large group of us still waited for a hotel shuttle. People were really getting pissed off about this. When it finally arrived, people calmed down and were just happy to be able to go back to their hotels and/or the nearby Waffle House. Now, to try to get some sleep before the 3rd and final day.

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