We arrived at the undisclosed location of the Red Bull Moontower around 2am for our tattooing and entry into what’s probably the most exclusive invite only event at SXSW 2008. Red Bull does things right which is one of the reasons why we love them – no company throws a party like Red Bull throws a party and the Moontower is yet another example of how to do things the right way. Wide open space, big stage, huge visuals, lotsa drinks and great music.
The first act we caught was Austin’s own Black Joe Lewis – they killed it – between the level of energy they brought and the talent of the entire band I was blown away and I’m going to try and catch them again this week – if you’re in Austin I’d suggest you’d do the same. They’re playing again at 2:00pm at Club Deville for the Insound SXSW Party on the 14th and again at the Hotel San Jose on the 15th at 4pm. There’s a great piece on them in the Austin Cronicle here.
Next up I watched an EPIC set by Lions (another Austin band) who completely blew me away. They fucking crushed the moontower and I think they’re now my favorite band I’ve seen in Austin for this years SXSW 2008 (so far at least – they are fucking incredible). It was everything that you’d hope to see with some crushing 70′s style rock/metal – domination.
After having my skull crushed by metal we hit the bar and ended up meeting Darlen from The Bad Girls Club and had a shot of vodka and then decided to find a cab and get back to my hotel.