Gonerfest 9 kicked off yesterday at the Cooper-Young gazebo with an excellent sunset solo set from Monsieur Jeffery Evans that filled the neighborhood with rockers and confused a lot of joggers. The first night at the Hi-Tone Café included the French band Jack of Heart, the Brisbane, Australia rockers Slug Guts, and Chicago's own Heavy Times.
Austin's Golden Boys went on at midnight, but the start of their set was marred by some keyboard troubles which mandated an onstage soldering session, so, with the assistance of the evening's master of ceremonies NoBunny, the band kept the crowd occupied by leading a round of jumping jacks.
Once the technical issues were resolved, the Golden Boys got down to business.
Between sets, I caught up with JB Horrell, guitarist for Moving Finger, who opened the Hi-Tone Thursday night festivities, and whose hot new band Ex-Cult has a prime Saturday night slot, video of which will almost certainly appear in this space on Sunday.
The evening's finale was Memphis garage punk legends The Oblivians, who NoBunny introduced as "the reason why there's a Gonerfest at all." They came out hard and snarling, living up to their 20-year reputation as a killer live act and making me eager to hear their new album, which Goner Records founder Eric Oblivian said will be out soon. Here's a preview—a new song which I think is called "Punk Rock Day".
Now if you will excuse me, I need to hydrate for the sure-to-be sweaty night two with the River City Tanlines and NoBunny. See you here tomorrow with more from Gonerfest 9.