By anyone’s yardstick (or any other measuring instrument), this weekend’s Axiom reunion at Fitzgerald’s was a rousing success. The 600-capacity club was packed both nights – I stood in line for 15 minutes waiting to get in Friday – with people old enough to remember the legendary Warehouse District rock club/art space, and people young enough to be their kids. (Many of them were, in fact, actual Axiom offspring.) Several people remarked how the weekend felt like a high-school reunion, as a makeshift movie screen on the patio played old Axiom video footage and even American Graffiti Saturday night. Subtle, right?
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Although most of the bands hadn’t played together in years, most had no trouble slipping back into their old grooves – I especially enjoyed Sprawl, de Schmog, Toho Eiho and Anarchitex Friday, and Cave Reverend, Jimmy Bradshaw (complete with puking drummer) and Bayou Pigs Saturday but, as unfamiliar as I was with several of the bands, there was no real disappointments; it was easy to hear the origins of the notoriously hard-to-classify Houston sound that persists to this day. Although I cashed out early, I heard Saturday’s finale, former dead horse singer Michael Haaga joining Academy Black for several horsecore classics and B-52’s and Fear covers, went over like gangbusters. See for yourself at Press contributor Dana Donovan’s slideshow here. – Chris Gray