A night full of great local bands is a great way to take a way from the busy work week. Entrance was free, with a $3 suggested donation, to get into Cheer Ups, a music venue located in the heart of the Red River district right next to Mohawk.
Eujitsu started off the night playing loops with some OG Pokemon samples, his drum machine, and guitar while he and Dali Kasshu rapped over the electronic loops. The great thing about Eujitsu is that nothing is prerecorded, he creates each loop live (the only exception is his drum machine, but he makes his own recorded beats). His tunes range from chill to dirty and grimy beats, all around dope. A new EP is on it's way, be on the lookout.
Malandros took the stage after, it was my first time hearing the band, wish I had sooner. The four-piece indie-rock band has a dreamy and soothing rock sound, reminds me of the music from the early 2000s. It's like when you say, "Man, they don't make music like they used to," well these guys do, but better. Their facebook about page describes their genre as "HARD YATCH" and they are "single and ready to mingle", so act accordingly.
After, Carlos Ramirez played a solo-set from his band TAPES. Usually Serge Romo is by his side but Carlos had to play it alone and succeeded. He moved to and fro from laptop to different stringed-instruments to create the soothing and moving electronic tunes of TAPES, an impressive sight.
The place was crowded by the time Smile took the stage. This band is relatively new on the scene but the members each have their own reknown bands, the two singers are a part of Dreamboat, one of the bands nominated for the best rock band in the Austin Music Awards, and drummer, Nathan Wilkins, is part of Hikes, an Austin favorite and have a talent for shredding. Smile is properly named, you can't be in their presence without shaking your hips and swaying your shoulders with a happy face.
The night ended with groovy-pop sounds from Gloves Intl, a lovely way to close out the show. It was the last chance to see them before SXSW, so if you didn't get the chance I suggest you check them out in March.
This night was proof of the greatness of the Austin music scene. It's the middle of the week and their are jobs to wake up for and tests to study for but people still came out to support the music acts. The show was free with a donation box at the door so the bands aren't there for the money. Everyone at the show was there because we all are passionate about music. This goes on many days throughout the week on the majority of the weeks in the year. To live a place where everyone shares a great passion and supports and collaborates with one another is a beautiful thing.