Houston Music

West Texas Teardrops: Earmuffs, But No Sellout, In Austin

Ed. Note: This past weekend, Houston alternative/screamo rockers The Last Place You Look opened for Unwritten Law in Lubbock, Odessa, and Austin, and invited Rocks Off's Matthew Keever along. See links for Part 1 and Part 2.

After two nights in a row of somewhat disappointing turnouts, The Last Place You Look were excited to hear that Sunday night's gig at Emo's in Austin was sold out. Finally, all the great music Rocks Off had been listening to for the past 48 hours would get the appreciation it deserved.

And hopefully, Authority Zero, Electric Touch and TLPYL would be able to sell enough merchandise and sign enough people up for their mailing lists to make the trip worthwhile.

Unfortunately, it was a misprint.

It wasn't a sold-out crowd; in fact, it was far from it. For the third night in a row, we watched as four bands put on a strong showing, screaming, singing and playing to the best of their abilities to a small crowd.

But for the third night in a row, it didn't seem to faze anyone.

Everyone was all smiles, all night. And with the exception of having a limited selection of restaurants at which we could eat - it was, after all, Easter Sunday - the show went off without a hitch.

TLPYL's set enthralled those in attendance, including a young woman we met with a Last Place You Look tattoo; Electric Touch got their hometown fans singing along to songs about Nottingham, the birthplace of the band's lead singer (and Robin Hood); Authority Zero drew the crowd into a small but energetic mosh pit; and Unwritten Law finished the night with plenty of pop-punk anthems.

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Matt is a regular contributor to the Houston Press’ music section. He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in print journalism and global business. Matt first began writing for the Press as an intern, having accidentally sent his resume to the publication's music editor instead of the news chief. After half a decade of attending concerts and interviewing musicians, he has credited this fortuitous mistake to divine intervention.
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