A Place to Bury Strangers and Metz at Mohawk for Psych Fest Pre-party

APTBS_at_Mohawk-13People often say that a band “destroyed it,” but when they say that about A Place to Bury Strangers, they literally mean they destroyed it, and the “it” is often the bass guitar of member Dion Lunadon. Or at least it was last night when the band performed for the Austin Psych Fest kickoff party at the Mohawk. Consult the gallery below for photographic proof of the remains of Lunadon’s bass. Playing in almost complete darkness as splashes of color lit the ceiling, the band powered through a set of noisy, distorted rock.

Metz_at_Mohawk-5Opening the night was Metz, who released their debut on Sub Pop last year. The band played an equally if not more punishing set as fans moshed violently, shoving each other and tossing beer all over the mass of concertgoers. I don’t know that I’ve seen a crazier set or crowd at Mohawk in the past year or more. Metz performed a relatively short set filled with powerful rock doused in furious distortion. Both bands served as outstanding precursors to what is sure to be a weekend filled with intense performances.

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Bryan Parker is a writer and photographer living and working in Austin, TX. He is the founder of blog Pop Press International and print journal True Sincerity and recently released his first book, a volume on Beat Happening in the 33 1/3 series.

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