Sound Team

Saturday, Sept. 15, Zilker park

ACL Music Fest Live Shots
Photo by Sandy Carson

Sound Team

What a show to go out on. After six years, a major label rise and quick fall, and a mountain of pain, Austin now-fivepiece Sound Team opened its last show with the anthemic "Handful of Billions" and its refrain, "One more time before this is over!" It was some of the best sound the Team has ever achieved, muffled and full, just as it should be, and when they launched into their 12-incher's "Empty Rooms," all the stress faded away. Movie Monster's "Back in Town" and "No More Birthdays" woke up the early-day crowd, and the debut of two soulfully sweet newbies made the demise even sadder. "You guys are crazy for standing in this [heat]!" proclaimed singer Matt Oliver before launching into "Born to Please." As Will Patterson led his own cheering section, the troupe went all rock star, exploding with "TV Torso" and "Movie Monster." And with one last salute from bassist Bill Baird, they were gone: "Thanks, Austin. It's been great." No. Thank you.

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