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Austin Psych Fest Live (Sunday): Think No Think

Whoever managed the Levitation Tent did these psychs no favor

By Chase Hoffberger, 1:00PM, Mon. May. 5

Austin Psych Fest Live (Sunday): Think No Think
photo by Shelley Hiam

Why the Levitation Tent ran 15-20 minutes early all weekend at Psych Fest remains anyone’s guess. Three stages otherwise perfectly pyramided time-wise were thus out of phase. Anyone wondering why upstart local trio Think No Think sounded as if they’d opened up midway through their show Sunday at 2pm were actually 15 minutes late.

This stage manager charade doomed acts throughout the weekend. APFers who stuck to the distributed schedules were frequently out of luck. They print those for a reason, you know. Bands like Think No Think, who carried the unenviable task of opening the roofed stage after two full days of dust, had matters made exponentially worse when tasked to play before anybody knew to get there.

Prodigies of the Austin psych scene since Black Angels frontman Alex Maas lent production assistance to a new single in February, Think No Think was full gasket by the time their prescribed curtain call came around, with guitarist John Dowey leading a revamped rock & blues outfit that found both he and bassist Joe Pannenbacker pulling Vaughan brother guitar acrobatics. Dowey swung his red Fender from one end of his body to the other. Pannenbacker lifted his four-string up above his head for a bruising outro.

Drummer Nick Bakke banged away like The Muppet Show’s Animal. In their sung pieces, Dowey channeled the Mars Volta’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala cut with local Destroyer Taylor Wilkins. Not that there was any time to get used to the blend.

Thirty minutes is an alarmingly short span for a band that likes to jam out the ends of each song. When your absent audience gets only half that, it’s barely enough time to figure out who’s who and what’s what. Running late at any music festival is inadvisable.

Running early at a festival with three stages, now that’s a cardinal sin.

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