Cults, Fear, Pleasure, Galax Z Fair being all three, and The fucking Ukiah Drag.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, blah blah blah. Now for my point:

You know how in horror movies surrounding secret cults and ‘strange’ ceremonies there’s always this long shot leading to the grand reveal of whatever horrifying, inhumane ritual is afoot. Take the “Ka-Li-Ma” scene in Temple of Doom, for example.

There’s always a huge feeling of dread that emanates from the screen at that point, but not without an insatiable curiosity fueled by intrigue and wonder. Here’s this ill-boding ensemble that you do not understand one bit, and you get an intimate portrait of its goings on. What a treat that is to feel after digging your nails into your seat for who knows how long. That’s what it’s like listening to The Ukiah Drag,

no shit.
They’re fucking incredible, and they’re going to be HERE. HERE. HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE in 8 days at

GALAX Z FAIR IV
Listen to their latest album, In The Reaper’s Quarters in full on Youtube below.


This is the fourth year this great festival gets put on at our lovely and treasured venues Cine El Rey and Thirsty Monkey. In my time here as a “switched-on” (see: insane) fan of music, Galax Z Fair has been one of the greatest things to grow out of this Rio Grande Valley soil. Its managed to bring down bands that people never thought they would ever be able to see in their hometown. Imagine that kind of miracle. It’s like giving someone who’s only eaten white bread a piece of cake. I know how great this event is as a performer, as well as a patron, since when I’m not playing, I’m enjoying the vibe and scoping out other bands. It’s super exciting to be able to just walk around this part of town and two different venues are playing cool shit. It’s almost overwhelming. It’s also such an intimate experience because you as a fan get to talk to these bands you like, because they’re just hanging out having a beer/smoking a cigarette/checking out bands too! That’s like All Tomorrow’s Parties shit. For any music lover new or old, this is the kind of thing you can’t get anywhere else. I don’t know of any other music festivals happening this month that give you that much freedom to be around bands. Also, ever since Thirsty Monkey got added to the picture, that place has been nothing short of a party every year. I remember turning from someone’s set at the sound of a beer bottle hitting the floor and seeing members of Nu Sensae, White Lung, Mac Demarco, and some of their friends doing some dumb shit in the corner having an absolute ball. They had never been here before and they were enjoying themselves! If you aren’t a fan of being around music and people who like it, I can understand not being interested. But if you like music, I recommend you come out to this event and get some new flavors on your palette. If you’re a fan of these bands or in anyway have heard of these bands, you should also buy your ticket asap because I guarantee you it will not be something you regret. If you’re into one band but not the rest of the bill, who knows? You might discover a handful of new favorites and end up kicking yourself for not having enough cash on you to buy more than one record. Not to fear though, in this age of the Internet, most of these bands will have a way of getting a record out to you in some way. Especially if you ask nicely!

 

Buy your tickets for Galax Z Fair IV here and at Melhart’s Music if you’re in McAllen.

Man, it’s been a while. Might do a few more of these.

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