By Diego Gonzales
On July 8, I HATE WAR magazine, WORM Newz and Oblivion hosted a haircut and music event at The Electric Church in Austin, Texas. The Instagram post promoting this event noted that there would be two stages, one for DJs and one for the live bands. It also made sure to mention that “all haircuts are up to your discretion, we aren’t responsible for any mishaps.”
I arrived with some friends at 11pm and the line to the venue was all the way down the street. I told my friend Vivian ‘It’s like a line to a slide at a waterpark,’ based on how a few people would be let in, and then a 10-minute pause would take place before more could be let in. She just responded to this by saying, “Yeah, except we’re not at a waterpark.” I took this put-down to my observation lightly, knowing that this was just coming from the stress of waiting 20 minutes in line. I’m sure in any other circumstance this connection would be appreciated.
We eventually got inside and got to enjoy the music that we could hear from the street. Outside was where the DJs would play their sets. The DJs at the event were Deadhaus, Vio en Vivo, Sewa and mort.domed. Inside the venue were the live bands which included Gumma, White Mylar, Floats, Mockjaw and Daydream Twins. I caught most of Floats’ set, which included exciting indie-garage rock songs that had the audience of young concert-goers jumping and mesmerized.
Outside was also where the haircut station was held. A small table with scissors, a blow dryer and göt2b products were laid out to help create hairstyles to match the late-night techno concert.
This was one of the first sorta-rave-kinda things I attended. I had no idea that there was this whole Y2K dress code that was supported by the other attendees, who were very nice and welcoming despite the comparably bland outfit I had on. I asked one of the attendees if I could take their picture for this very article and they said they would be honored. Here is that picture.
All in all, it was a really fun experience and I will definitely be attending the next haircut-tattoo-techno-live music event as soon as possible.
Written by: Preethi Mangadu