Friday night, things got a little hardcore in Austin. The crowd tripled with the weekend rush and quadrupled in drunkenness, perfectly matching the vibe inside crusty Encore. There, a band named Speedwolf was drinking from the audience’s beers while ferociously covering Venom inside the Aquarius Records showcase. The San Francisco-based Aquarius Records is legendary for their 50,000-word e-mail blasts of detailed CD reviews every month, and an intense obsession with Norwegian black metal making them pretty much the reigning music nerds of the Bay. Their fourteen band lineup, co-sponsored by WMFU, included SF’s Moon Duo, Pierced Arrows, and Dengue Fever. As Speedwolf closed out on the patio, a similar scene played out inside, where the lead singer of Brooklyn hardcore band Drunkdriver howled with the microphone in his mouth while simultaneously moshing in the audience. That’s just unsafe.
- David Downs