In case you missed it, you can read the first part of our Austin Psych Fest coverage here to catch up.
While wondering the fest for the first two days, most of the buzz I had been hearing had been surrounding the Saturday evening performance from psychedelic post-punk band, The Horrors. The band came out like a buzz saw, slaying through songs like “Who Can Say” and “I Can See Through You” early in their Psych Fest set. The band shuffled between songs from their three most recent albums, but it was the tracks from Skyiing (2011) and Primary Colours (2009) that produced the most mind-bending sounds that warped all space and time during their set. The set ended with eight-minute epic, “Moving Further Away” while a kaleidoscope of colors projected on the screen behind them. It was a Horrors set that only moved us closer together. -Eric
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
The headlining set from The Brian Jonestown Massacre began and a note that captured the unique sense of community that characterizes the Austin Psych Festival experience. Alex Maas of Austin’s own, the Black Angels, playing somewhat of host duties, came out to thank everyone for coming out the fest and to introduce The Brian Jonestown Massacre. It was a great moment that capped off a wonderful day of amazing sets from incredible bands. This Brian Jonestown Massacre set demonstrated the band’s ability to blend 60’s psychedelia with the jangly garage pop sounds of the same decade. “Who?” and “Oh Lord” from 1996’s Take It From the Man, were great examples of latter, while the sensual and psychedelic Their Satanic Majesties’ Second Request centerpiece, “Anemone,” was the quintessential example of the former. If I had to characterize the sense of spirit and feeling I shared with everyone in the crowd that night I could probably just put on “Whoever You Are.” It captures it all. -Eric
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
I kind of just want to let this picture do the talking to describe Panda Bear’s performance. It was undoubtedly one of the best at Psych Fest this year. The best visuals of the festival in my opinion, and the weirdest, too. Noah Lennox has voice so distinct to my ears. Being a big fan of Animal Collective, Panda Bear was another act I couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen until that Sunday. He played new stuff, he played new stuff, he played new stuff. Did I mention he played new stuff? It was dark, ethereal, and heavy. The crowd was digging it, and I’m sure the people laying down in the back were also digging it in a more mental rather than visual way. – Yazz