Ringo Deathstarr, New York City Queens, Featherface, Olajuwon Walter's February 23, 2012
Ringo Deathstarr drowned Walters in honey-sweet reverberation Thursday, with the volume turned up as if they were playing to a packed venue. The crowd was sparse but mighty, with most of the audience looking anything but indifferent.
I would have liked to see more people at this event. Granted, a couple of other bands and DJ sets were happening last night, but nothing that really stuck out, in my opinion. Around the first act, I felt as if I were watching some kind of indie show in Dallas. To my experience, the audiences for these shows, even with bigger acts, are all the same, being... next to nonexistent. Step it up, Houston.
Locals Olajuwon, formerly known as Tigerparty, opened the night around 9 p.m. This fairly new band, about five months old, showed their love of basketball through indie rock, playing songs titled like "Charles Barkley School of Music" and, well, their name. I don't think their songs were actually about basketball, but that doesn't matter.
Next on the bill was local band Featherface, mostly playing songs off of their second EP. Their psych-rock sound sets itself apart through a richly textured energetic yet woozy sound that has the power to place minds elsewhere, without the drugz, as good music should.
While remaining experimental, these guys provided justly placed pop-ish hooks in their songs to keep me just that, hooked.