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April 25 marks the big day: the 8th annual MR Fest.

Texas Skate, the venue for punk and hardcore bands, started at 12 p.m. with Super Thief. The Austin-based post punk band played on the sidewalk at the skate shop and even recruited an audience member to play guitar with them while lead singer and guitarist Cody Kimbell made feedback noise. The band performed at Taxi’s later that night.

Super Thief performs at Texas Skate on April 25. Photo by Bridgette East.
Super Thief performs at Texas Skate on April 25. Photo by Bridgette East.

Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes was up next. Based in Austin, the three-man band brought vicious guitar riffs and booming drums, forgoing the speed of the peers for a heavier live experience. Incense filled the air as frontman Steve Pike sang, reminiscent of Kurt Cobain. Like their fellow band Super Thief, the band also performed at Taxi’s later in the evening.

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Steve Pike of Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes performs at Texas Skate. Photo by Bridgette East.

Bad Dad, a Texas punk band, went the opposite direction from CSSS, opting instead to deliver loud vocals with guitar and drums at breakneck speed. Echoing frontier punk band The Minutemen, the lead singer paced around the stage as the audience pogoed and jumped to the beat of the drums.

Punk outfit Bad Dad performs at Texas Skate. Photo by Hannah Bennett.
Punk outfit Bad Dad performs at Texas Skate. Photo by Hannah Bennett.

The set ended with Old Problems, an emo band based in San Marcos. The band specializes in screamo revival as the frontman announced that this show would possibly be their last. The group made the most of it as the frontman got into the crowd and emotionally screamed his lyrics. The guitarist and frontman rocked in unison as the sun set.

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What was your favorite part of MR Fest? Were you at Texas Skate? Let us know in the comments.

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