Angry Samoans

Waterloo Park, Nov. 3 & 4

Fun Fun Fun Fest Live Shots
Photo by John Anderson

Angry Samoans

Thirty songs in 45 minutes is on a par with D.R.I., but Angry Samoans' stop-start stutter-songs sounded insanely tight despite their nonstop barrage of perpetually un-PC garage punk hits, most of which dated back nearly three decades. Frontman "Metal" Mike Saunders hasn't aged a day since he came Back From Samoa in '82, either. Watching the diminutive singer prowl around the stage in a Sting jersey – the sports team, not the ex-Police man – and backward baseball cap was like tripping back to West Coast punk's first wave, with Samoan hits "Right Side of My Mind" and the anti-Rodney Bingenheimer rant "Get Off the Air" taking retro pole position at a fest that had more than its share of reunited old-schoolers. Midway through, Saunders traded places with drummer Bill Vockeroth for the romantic breakdown of "Time to Fuck" and "Slave to My Dick," but the real surprise came when special guest vocalist and former Austinite/Hormone Tim Stegall, in yet another Dorian Gray moment, emerged from stage left to belt out "The Ballad of Jerry Curlan." The Samoans knew their crowd and drilled out a pair of blink-and-you-missed-'em Black Flag covers ("Wasted," "Nervous Breakdown") that swelled both the frenetic circle pit of young punks down front and the hearts of die-hards now too fragile to stage dive. "Psych-Out 129" indeed.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 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  

More Music Reviews
Top 10 Box Sets of 2018
Joe Strummer
Joe Strummer 001 (Record Review)

Tim Stegall, Dec. 7, 2018

Texas Platters
Portrayal of Guilt
Let Pain Be Your Guide (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Nov. 23, 2018

More by Marc Savlov
Cold Pursuit
Liam Neeson is Mr. Plow ... with a vengeance

Feb. 15, 2019

2019 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentary
Tales of love and hate dominate these Oscar hopefuls

Feb. 8, 2019


Angry Samoans

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

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

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