Words by Grayson DeChant
Take a look at two of the bands that will be playing Goat Fest this year, The Zoltars and Glaze!
The Zoltars are one of Austin's best garage rock bands. Their latest LP the Zoltars (2016), flows with lo-fi and post-punk electric guitar buzz from song to song. Lead singer Jared Leibowich sings surreal lyrics to complement the bands' melodic tunes. In "16-17-18 Living" Leibowich points out the harsh reality that is some teenagers spolied lives and in "High", he discusses being just that. "Bad Man" is one of their more catchy songs and "Out of my Head" talks about how unstable one can feel when life gets too rough. It's hard not to dance along to these songs, alone in your room or seen performed live. The Zoltars will rock Goat Fest on Dujarie Lawn at 7:10pm.
Stephen McElwee, Austin Yeates, and Jake Villarreal makeup Glaze- Austin’s best up-and-coming shoegaze band. McElwee’s entrancing vocals are emphasized by the steady drums and distorted guitars throughout their EP Waisted Mind (2017) and Dimensions (2016). Upbeat performances make Glaze fun to experience live, although their lyrics portray a deep introspection. Taken from their song “Mercury”:
Nostalgia / Bleeding from my throat / Take my brain so I can feel like before / I’m ready to be someone new
One of my personal favorite songs, "Chow Mein" of their EP Waisted Mind rocks hard with electric buzz and dreamy vibes. They're definitely a band you don't want to miss this SXSW. Catch Glaze Performing on the Dujarie stage at GOAT Fest at 8pm on March 9th!