Treaty Oak Collective Aims For a Badass Weekend at Walters
Walters' new location finally has a head of steam. A frighteningly long downtime followed the shuttering of the Washington Avenue location, and some began to fear a new one would never materialize. Sure enough, the new location finally opened it's doors at 1120 Naylor late in 2011, just north of UH-Downtown.
While it may have taken a while to get back up to speed, events like the recent Southern Lord records showcase and an Island Reunion weekend have brought out increasingly large crowds. What started as a slow burn has begun to build into a bonfire, restoring Walters' status to close to the storied history of Walter's on Washington.
If the past year has been building, this weekend's two day "Bad Ass Weekend" event may be Walters' true coming-out party. Booked by Jaron Sayers of Treaty Oak Collective and boasting more than 30 bands, the party will not only encompass Walters, but two afterparty shows at the nearby House of Creeps compound.
Sayers has absolutely packed this bill with bands from all over the map, so that the show offers everything -- as long as what you want is loud, fast and punishing.
"I wouldn't ask them to play if I didn't want everyone to check them out. All of them are fucking ragers," Sayers says of the bill. "I really wanted to put something together that would put Houston back on the punk map."
Dissatisfied with Free Press Summer Fest, he says the guys behind Badass Weekend wanted their own thing, an event where they could "keep it cheap and keep it brutal."
We can't help but think he and Walters have succeeded.
With 33 bands and shows spread across nearly 14 hours this weekend, you are going to have plenty of time to catch all the grind, noise, punk and death you can handle. We picked our five favorites to help you out.
Fuck the Facts -- 8:50 p.m. Friday @ Walter's
Photo by Alex Cairncross
Longstanding Canadian group Fuck the Facts has grown from a single member grindcore project to a female-fronted five piece that continues to push the envelope and develop far beyond the confines of the limited grindcore genre. DIY at its core, the band produces all its own art, printing and handles a large portion of its own releases.
PLF -- 10:40 p.m. Friday @ Walter's
Another veteran act that has been boiling under the surface of Houston's music scene for nearly 15 years, PLF (neé Pretty Little Flower) is as extreme as it comes. Blending equal parts thrash and death metal with grind and power violence, the band manages to create something wholly different and unquestionablly aggressive. We introduced you to their latest release newest release Devious Persecution and Wholesale Slaughter a few days ago.