Live at Raul's reissue party w/ Raul's Royal Foot, Hotmom
“There was such an electricity at that club,” enthuses Freddie Krc of Austin’s original punk palace Raul’s, once located at 2610 Guadalupe, where today sits the Local. “It had that intangible feeling that something’s going on here. I felt it should be documented.”
The resultant Live at Raul’s LP now debuts digitally and presses up 500 fresh copies thanks to Krc’s SteadyBoy Records. Comprising live recordings from Sept. 16, 1979, by the then-Austin vanguard of Standing Waves, the Next, Terminal Mind, Skunks, and Krc’s own Explosives, this 40th anniversary reissue finds commemoration at SouthPop with guests from the bands, memorabilia, and performances by first-wave Tex-punk tribute act Raul’s Royal Foot and modern teen-punks Hotmom.
Drummer for Jerry Jeff Walker, Krc left to found the power-popping Explosives in mid ’78, seen by some as “interlopers,” yet the seasoned vet mustered up all his gravitas when approaching Raul’s owner Roy Gomez and scenester David Abbott to partner on the original record.
“I had experience before I got to Raul’s, so I was the guy who could produce it,” recalls Krc. “I knew where to get the 16-track mobile truck, the two-inch tape, where to get it mastered, where to hire a P.A.”
Originally, bands played 30 minutes and had two songs plucked from their respective tape reels. Even in this millennium, the one-song-from-each-band-per-side sequencing plays like five singles stacked on your turntable – sonically perfect audio verité with little post-production. One-thousand copies sold out within two weeks.
Abbott reportedly disappeared with the profits, negating a second pressing, after which the two-inch master tapes sat in Gomez’s office. Krc thinks the Big Boys and Dicks recorded their split Raul’s live LP over them after the club’s sale, something Big Boy Chris Gates can’t confirm, but admits was common practice back then. A Nineties CD release and this edition rely on Krc’s quarter-inch safety master.– Tim Stegall