Galactic Cowboys

Mission Control: Hard-rocking astronauts the Galactic Cowboys return from "Mars" for their first hometown show in a decade.
Mission Control: Hard-rocking astronauts the Galactic Cowboys return from "Mars" for their first hometown show in a decade.

Call it a coincidence, but as young local groups like Something Fierce, the Wild Moccasins, Three Fantastic and listenlisten (see elsewhere this issue) have begun attracting attention well beyond the Beltway, a breakout band from the not-so-distant past is reuniting. Briefly. Like kindred Houston spirits King's X, the Galactic Cowboys' fusion of blues, heavy metal and prog-rock survived the hard-rock world's transition from hair-metal to grunge in the early '90s, but also ultimately limited the quintet from enjoying widespread commercial success. Still, the Cowboys — whose press materials claim they are the "first rock band from Mars" — enjoyed a better-than-average run, recording the Galactic Cowboys and Space in Your Face albums for DGC and a handful more for major indie Metal Blade (Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Anvil) before calling it quits in 1999. Don't expect any new material, as the members are all quite happy in their current projects: the groups Gristle, Crunchy and the Sonnier Brothers Band, while guitarist Wally Farkas prefers the solo-artist track. But if you missed the Cowboys the first time around, Saturday's one-time (?) reunion is a prime chance to see one of the main might've-beens in relatively recent local-music memory.

 
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