Tear Dungeon: Black Rubber & Blood

Sweet Spirit and A Giant Dog’s abrasive metal abomination

For Andrew Cashen, guitarist/vocalist for pop powerhouse Sweet Spirit and melodic punks A Giant Dog, the question’s long been which of his local acts will hit it big first? That remains undecided, but I’ll wager against option number three: Blood drooling, gimp mask-sporting, garage-metal Austin quintet Tear Dungeon.

Tear Dungeon at Hotel Vegas (Photo by Kevin Curtin)

The gang, comprised entirely of A Giant Dog and Sweet Spirit members, stormed Hotel Vegas after midnight last Sunday, taking a moment to insult the teenage audience before commencing their caustic cacophony. Think the Melvins, except soaked in piss and rolled in broken glass. After concluding a jagged song ostensibly titled "Fuck You," in which Josh Merry played on the bar and fellow guitarist Jon Fichter shot creepoid blank stares through the eye-holes of his headgear, the band sucked fake blood through Lone Star tall boys and spit into the faces of nearby concertgoers.

After growling standout tune “Love Fighter,” Cashen stopped the show to single out an innocent concertgoer. “Get out,” he screamed, pointing directly at her. “I’m serious, leave. I work here and I’ll have you kicked out!”

Terrorists against tranquility, Tear Dungeon chased every atom of peace and comfort out the back door of Hotel Vegas when they rushed the stage, leaving only awkwardness, anger, and skin sticky with fake blood. The must-see act plays Barracuda tonight, Thursday, with fellow heavies Amplified Heat and Greenbeard.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Tear Dungeon
In the Frigid Cold of a Surging Pandemic, Tear Dungeon’s Blood-Spewing Chaos Made Us Feel Alive
In the Frigid Cold of a Surging Pandemic, Tear Dungeon’s Blood-Spewing Chaos Made Us Feel Alive
Finally, a band that wears masks on stage – oh wait

David Brendan Hall, Jan. 8, 2022

More by Kevin Curtin
Listen to This: David Beck Breaks Down Bloom & Fade
Listen to This: David Beck Breaks Down Bloom & Fade
Family ties and looking at life, track-by-track

Sept. 22, 2022

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Carrie Rodriguez's Laboratorio, itchy-O, Fontaines D.C., Ash Lauryn, Nas & Wu-Tang, and more

Sept. 23, 2022

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

Tear Dungeon, Andrew Cashen, Josh Merry, Jon Fichter, A Giant Dog, Sweet Spirit, Melvins

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle