Vulture Whale is one of the better finds we stumbled upon at SXSW a few months ago. Brokenbrooklyn and myself were smoking a joint and scowling at the dreadful Vivian Girls when Wes McDonald (singer for Vulture Whale) asked us if we knew who was playing that awful “pussy rock”. Embarrassed that we knew, we told him and passed him our joint. Quickly we all agreed we were at the show to see Ponytail, they were coming on after Titus Andronicus. After ensuring Wes that Titus Andronicus was far removed from the drudgery we were withstanding, we got to talking and he told us about his band Vulture Whale.
Fast forward a couple months and I received an awesome package in the mail from Wes with a CD and links to videos:
Words by Popejohnpaul12 and Brokenbrooklyn
Pictures by Brokenbrooklyn
We started at Urban Outfitters (Which is totally like, our favorite store ever!!) near University of Texas at Austin for the free party they were throwing that afternoon. The first band we to play was Crystal Stilts who I guess are okay; if a) you are looking for Velvet Underground/ Suicide esq background music for a heroin induced orgy, b) you listen to aesthetic choices and atmosphere in your pop songs more than melody and lyrics or c) you like kind of boring music. It’s not that they are a bad band, they are totally inoffensive and fine, but there is nothing innovative here and no real sense of urgency or showmanship to make up for that.
Halloween is always a difficult holiday to account for. Doing the day justice usually requires a bit of planning, something lots people have a hard time with. Even when facing mundane and simple routines, such as hygiene maintenance and sleeping, we seem to always find excuses to postpone. Often, this results in people making last minute costume decisions, usually to disastrous effects. I myself was simply going to slack off on this post and let all of you New York and Brooklyn children go your own way this upcoming Friday night, but since I’m a bit under the weather this evening, I thought I should at least give you a brief rundown on some festivities I may be partaking in.