By Savannah Olson
Another hour, another rockin’ set of bands over here at AquaBrew for MR Fest 2017. From 3 to 5 p.m., bands have continued jamming on AquaBrew’s outside stage as the heat of day comes and goes. Even though it’s 90 degrees, that hasn’t stopped the crowd from enjoying the music of Taiga, NightClerks, and Glaze. Lucio, a fan in the crowd, loved NightClerk’s set and has even seen them “multiple times.” The atmosphere is relaxed as everyone enjoys a cold beverage and listens to some shoegaze in the afternoon sun.
From Austin, TX, the psychedelic indie-rock band Taiga took the AquaBrew stage at 3 p.m. Made up of four members, Taiga is here for their second MR Fest to play for the masses of San Marcos. Lead vocalist and guitarist Brad Pendelton belted out quirky tunes about fake marriages and divorces as Jack Alden strummed on the guitar, Owen Platts played bass, and Greg Shamberbock drummed away. Compared to their first MR Fest, where they played in a basement at Kiva, the outside venue of AquaBrew is different, but just as enjoyable. “MR Fest is awesome because whether you’re in a basement or exposed to the limits, people come out,” says lead vocalist and guitarist Brad Pendelton. Check out their new EP Dumb Dumb Pop, coming this May to a computer near you.
Once NightClerk finished with their set of dark harmonies and indie-rock sounds, Glaze hopped on stage for their 5 p.m. set. Starting off with high energy, lead singer and guitarist Stephen McElwee had the crowd standing up from their benches to move to the front of the stage to hear what the shoegaze band had to play. They were jamming so hard, a fuse blew during their performance. Going from guitar riffs that crashed together, to the distorted sounds of shoegaze, Austin Yeates on bass and Jake Villarreal on drums came together with Stephan McElwee’s strong vocals.
MR Fest at AquaBrew isn’t finished yet. The last two hours will have SCHMU and The Sun Machine blasting more music as we finish up here at AquaBrew. Not only that, but MR Fest continues at 8 p.m. over at The Marc with Mantra Love and our headliner, High Waisted. Remember: no wristband, no cash, no problem!
Featured image by Lucero Trevino.