“House of straw. House of sticks. Can’t shake this house of bricks.” The song “Smoke Blower” was just one of the many anthems performed by Flatfoot 56 at the San Antonio, White Rabbit Tuesday night.  Following Second To None, Flatfoot got the pit off their feet and in a sweaty-circle-frenzy.  Their energy was high and grabbed the attention of the whole room. The crowd was constantly moving no longer spectators but rather participators in the performance. Singing along, throwing down fist, and kicking up feet, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Mid-set Flatfoot dedicated their song “Courage”, to the veterans and people in the work force trying to put food on their tables. They also sang “We Grow” off their latest album Black Forest. At One point, while trying to get the crowd in true punk rock spirit, lead vocalist, Tobin Bawinkel, said “Everyone put your hands up and throw your fists down on the count of three.” On command, the crowd threw down and the next song began.  The band finished up the set with the familiar hymn turned punk anthem, “Amazing Grace.” Bawkinkel had everyone put their arm around the person next to them as the crowd joined together in a unison final song.

  flatfoot56

flatfoot56

flatfoot56

flatfoot56

flatfoot56

flatfoot56

flatfoot56

flatfoot56

flatfoot56

 

© All Rights Reserved HM Magazine

Features

HM covers from over the years

HM Magazine Turns 35

In 1985, Doug Van Pelt photocopied a letter-sized sheets of paper, bound them together, and handed them out in person on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It's all digital now, but, along the way, Van Pelt stirred up quite a few waves, played some seriously heavy music, and made a few friends along the way. Here: A quick look back at the magazine's 35-year history with Van Pelt and new owner, David Stagg.

By

Full Feature
Comrades 2020

Becoming Comrades

The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.

By

Photo by Quinsey Sablan

Full Feature
My Epic performing their last final show before COVID-19

Between the White Noise

My Epic's last full-length album came out in 2013; despite a number of EPs along the way, the band's dedication to their craft, lyrical approach, and unyielding approach to let the music come naturally has made them critical darlings. Now, they're learning to interact and feed a rabid fanbase in between albums and in a new normal.

By

Full Feature
All Features