Back in (the heart of) Texas
After a 28 year hiatus, barring the occasional layover in DFW airport, I am back in Texas. Honor by August is down here for The Texas Rock Fest, which runs at the same time as SXSW. The official name of the festival is The Heart of Texas Quadruple Bypass Music Festival, which I assume can only refer to the amount of beef that we are going to ingest over the course of the next four days.
Riding a plane from Atlanta it was pretty obvious most of Austin’s inbound traffic was releated to the festival. I sat in an exit row with a UK band named MUMM RA. I’m always amazed how a British accent can make anything sound more sophisticated. Four guys talking about one of their significant others threatening to pluck hairs from a mole as we taxi to take off just was riotously funny to me. I was trying to figure out something to say to them but “Good Luck” seemed almost snide and “Rock out with your cock out” seemed a bit too “American”.
And completely uncool.
Maybe it’s our “Children of the Empire” Anglophile obsessions, but there’s just a rock out factor of being a UK band. Ever since the Beatles we’ve been looking East. Of course, at the same time, they were looking West, trying to figure out how the blues worked and re-interpreting that truly American art form. Maybe the grass is always greener.
So I’m a Texan, back in Texas, after 28 years. And it looks like the rest of America, until a local opens their mouth and says “howdy y’all” or “might could to do that”. But that’s pretty few and far between. It makes you wonder how much of local culture has been co-opted by the American culture that exists on television and in movies.
But to the main point: A Texan (by birth, but really just confused), A Connecticutian, and two Jersey boys are going to rock two shows: 2pm on the outdoor stage (14 Mar – Wednesday) and 10pm at Treasure Island (16 Mar – Friday). If you’re in Austin, come over and say hello. And if you’re not, well, you should be.