What do you get if you combine the audacity of Outkast's The Love Below, some Blitzkrieg Bop, a sprinkle of groove, a smattering of Bollywood and some 80's classic rock? ...Austin's very own Bourgeois Mystics. "'Keep Austin Weird' is most definitely a cliche, but it is a tagline that we’ve modernized to hopefully become Austin’s premiere hip weird band." - Finesse
Citing influences as diverse as Outkast, punk rock and Bollywood, this eclectic group is putting themselves on the Austin radar with a fresh, creative, catchy sound. I sat down with vocalist and one of three founding members, 'Squiggly Finesse' before their Waterloo Fest Wednesdays show at the Parish. I wanted to learn more about how this group evolved and how they found a unique sound that is carving a new niche in our musically-saturated city. Finesse tells me how Bourgeois Mystics were borne of a low-key jam session; "it was the most natural, organic jam I’d ever experienced." Growing from a trio consisting of Finesse (Keys/vox), Zenith Nadir (bass/vox) and Tonto Luigi (guitar), they’ve grown into their unique sound with nine standing members and plans to add two additional vocalists. They’ve an ambitious year ahead of them; they are recording a new EP for 2019 and planning a full album for 2020 in addition to raucous live shows in Austin and beyond.
August 12, 2018
It's obscenely hot; Texas hot, where the air is thick and soupy and you feel the sweat dripping down the small of your back. My shoes are melting on the asphalt. It's still a few minutes before 10am, and Dominic Harrison, the force we know as Yungblud, is dancing through crowds lined at the parking lot entry gates for Vans Warped Tour San Antonio. In pink converse, pink socks and pink bandanna, he entertains the perspiring patrons with a bright pink megaphone and homemade sign.
It's the final Warped Tour, and the energy is palpable. I'm here to meet, photograph and interview a select few artists and otherwise attempt to enjoy the 24th and final leg of the Warped Tour franchise. With the release of Harrison's flawless EP just days prior, the pink-clad rocker is at the top of my list.
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