February 24, 2017
It’s hard to say which out-of-town band has played the stage at Walters most often, but Dallas’s Power Trip has got to be a top contender. The state’s top hardcore draw have naturally made themselves at home many times at Houston’s scene outpost, Walter’s old Washington location before this one. Fitting, then, that the group would find themselves in the club’s sweaty environs once more on the release day for their latest album, Nightmare Logic.
They didn’t come alone, either. Richmond, Virginia’s Iron Reagan, Power Trip’s only competition for the nation’s top crossover thrash act, has a new album to hawk too, and the pair of groups figure to hit the road hard over the next two years. Houston got the first crack at them, though, and every kid in town with gauged ears and a snapback showed up ready to go nuts.
Iron Reagan took the stage after a strong slate of local openers, topped by Scourge. There was no Trump merchandise among their T-shirts; perhaps not surprisingly, Iron Reagan prefers political caricatures of the retro variety. Already primed for craziness by the openers, the audience moshed hard to older cuts like “Miserable Failure” and “Eyeball Gore,” but the best response the band got out of the crowd was for the new chantalong “Fuck the Neighbors.” No doubt late Walters founder Pam Robinson would have enjoyed that one, too.
Last week, Power Trip front man Riley Gale told us that he couldn’t wait to play Nightmare Logic standout “Executioner’s Tax” at Walters, and he must have been
There would be plenty more new songs to come. The singer, for his part, did his best to keep the crowd interested and engaged through the new stuff.
The harder fans went off for the new stuff, the more old stuff they’d hear, he promised. The crowd seemed pleased by that arrangement, but nobody was keeping count. The pit was wild for everything, new or old. Walters was as hot and muggy as it's ever been as young thrashers flailed wildly, stomping across the floor and crashing into
Power Trip stayed fast, heavy and tight as they plowed through song after song. Drummer Chris Ulsh sweated and grimaced through the more challenging bits. Hell, we were all sweating. As the crowd inched further and further away from the maelstrom churning in the middle of the place, it grew harder to tell what was happening in the pit, but I’m pretty sure they weren’t hugging. Waves of stage divers
“We’re Power Trip, and we need a place to stay tonight,” said Gale in benediction. “No cats.”
By that point, he'd have probably settled for an air conditioner. Houston's got plenty of those, guys. When can you move in?