Southern Culture on the Skids @Midnight, The High Roller @10:15pm, Messer Chups @8:30pm – $20 at the door @7:30pm. No advance tickets. 21+ only.
SCOTS loves a good joke. The band sings about Southern food and Southern life, all told from an absurdist perspective not unlike that of the old TV show My Name is Earl. The group predates that ingenious program by two decades, but its ongoing trailer park party has maintained a similarly wild and rambunctious vibe. Southern Culture has done well commercially, too. It was signed to Geffen Records in the ’90s, placing songs in numerous film and video game soundtracks. “Weird Al” Yankovic even parodied the band’s jovial style on his 2014 album Mandatory Fun.
The High Roller is Austin’s Cheap Trick cover band. They say “We Like Cheap Trick. You should too.” And you will when you hear them!
While Messer Chups‘ mostly instrumental sound is hard to neatly categorize, it’s safe to say that it would be embraced by fans of rockabilly, horror punk, vintage surf records, Italian slasher films, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Pulp Fiction, lounge music, the theremin, The Cramps, and the theme song from The Munsters. Their catchy music combines surf, vintage Russian melodies, rare film samples from the 50s and 60s, scratchy historical recordings, and lounge loops. Live, they explode with garage-punk intensity.