For San Antonio/Austin band Vetter Kids, punk is not a specific genre or sound. Rather, it is an aesthetic, a rallying cry, an individualized connection to (and expression of) a certain universal notion of how to live, love and fuckin’ rock. On Saturday, as the trio celebrates the release of its debut EP III at 502 Bar, the dudes’ personal definition of punk will be on full display.
Comprised of current and former members of several excellent local outfits—Sohns, Brother/Ghost, God Townes and Yes, Inferno—Vetter Kids stand as a testament to the good that can come with musical cross-pollination. With a fuzzed-out slacker sound that’s equal parts fun and fuck-all, these guys make some seriously righteous rock that sweats and sears and wanes and smolders. The recipe for Vetter Kids’ music goes something like this: Combine a bit of Nirvana’s guttural grunge rawness and a bit of Weezer’s cheeky pop-punk, mix in a pinch of shoegaze’s sense of motion, a dash of hardcore’s deadpan scream-stare, a healthy helping of the Austin nightlife and a whole lotta love. Released on Texas is Funny Records, III thrives as a document of a band in formation, content to let their sound evolve naturally and to chase their musical impulses as a unit and as individuals.
“We have collectively played in all kinds of bands, but we are bonded by the idea that punk is really, for us, an aesthetic, a way of life, and not just a style. That’s the idea that brings us together, the idea we sacrifice for, the idea that has kinda taken over our lives,” guitarist and vocalist Marcos Gossi tells the Current.
He cites a personal experience with Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra’s exhaustingly named album “This Is Our Punk-Rock,” Thee Rusted Satellites Gather + Sing as inspiration for his own nebulous concept of punk. Gossi remembers hearing and understanding that album in the context of the first part of the title and thinking, “I can make sense of this.” He elaborates: “It’s thematic and soundscaped and layered and beautiful and it made me realize that punk isn’t just d-beat and camo pants and Doc Martens. Punk is a huge and malleable idea, an idea so much bigger than any one sound or one group of people.”
So what is this punk aesthetic that drives the group, which Gossi describes as their “gasoline?” It is one part bro-love, one part fun and one part sheer volume. Gossi explains: “We love to be the loudest and bang on things and hurt ourselves, but that’s just one part of it. We are all at a point in our lives where we want to be in a band with our friends and have fun, so looking back we can say, ‘Wow, we really got a lot out of each other.’”
Vetter Kids feat. RMRS, Advance Cassette, The Gospel and the Wolf
9pm Sat, May 24
502 Embassy Oaks