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Pyreship (Houston, TX)
Houston is most often noted for bland pop and indie. What is most often overlooked is it’s small but indelibly black-blooded metal scene. Informed equally by West Coast doom and post metal, Floridian death metal and Georgia sludge, it’s the unexpected scream at a hipster’s dinner party.
Houston sludge thugs PyreShip expertly blend post metal and doom with a raft of 90’s slowcore and noise rock influences. Comprised of four road-hardened musicians, PyreShip’s songs are reflective of their formative environment – stripped down, unpretentious, and resilient.
Live, the music is meant to be both heard and felt, with Steve Smith’s relentless jackhammer beats melding seamlessly with the molten slag spilling out of George Lusito’s bass amp. Co-guitarists Jason Jordan and Sam Waters stoke the bellows. PyreShip is one of the few remaining bands running an unapologetically monolithic backline. They use it to slam out slow, deliberate riffs that resonate long after the show has ended and the crowd dispersed.
Omotai (Houston, TX)
Omotai is a rarity in the world of the heavy – a curious stylistic alloy, a band wielding the stoner metal truncheon with math rock deliberation. The apoplexy of each gnashing riff, conveyed live via a massive wall of amplification, is enough to bring flesh as well as the surrounding atmosphere to a target resonance, the audience appropriated as a biological component of the sonic transmission.
The Houston metal outfit was formed in December 2009 by Sam Waters (guitar, vocals) and Anthony Vallejo (drums, vocals). They recruited Melissa Lonchambon Ryan (bass guitar, vocals) a month later and hit the studio almost immediately to pump out their debut EP Peace Through Fear, taking cues from 80’s thrash, 90’s noise rock, grindcore and sludge. Their sophomore effort, Terrestrial Grief, distilled Peace’s strongest points, upping the math and whiplash quotients by several orders of magnitude.
Rapidly garnering a rep for punishingly loud live performances, with an emphasis on speed and aberrant rhythms, the trio toured the US between 2010 and 2012, sharpening their skills alongside Yob, the Sword, Big Business, Hammerhead and countless other bands. In 2013, after constant writing and the third release,Fresh Hell, looming, they took on guitarist/vocalist Jamie Ross. It’s proven a smart investment for the band, with Ross’s shred adding a new dimension to Ryan and Waters’ already pummeling wall of riffery.
Glassing (Austin, TX)
Cold sand on a barren coastline. Spectral blackness. Godless nights. The calmness of undisturbed water. The illusion of belonging. Death As A Gift. These are but a minute illustration of the vast array of themes and explorations deliberated upon by Austin, TX trio GLASSING on their sophomore opus Spotted Horse. Weaving together layers upon layers of dense textures, swirling blast beats and looming atmospheres, GLASSING excel at the art of organized chaos through sound. Across 10 songs and 44 minutes, GLASSING blend elements of black metal and post-hardcore with ambient explorations, dream-pop sensibilities and grinding walls of sound that defy categorization. Spotted Horse is, at its core, a construction of dynamic, beautifully unsettling soundscapes and nothingness unsurfaced.
Searing Arrow (Houston, TX)
Zen Archer (Houston, TX)
The band started in 1988 and have put out 7 albums including -Under the Sun, What Goes Around and Dream Machine. The band was voted 2nd best band [ZZ TOP was 1st] in a Houston Press Music poll. They received extensive radio play in the 90’s on regional radio and sold thousands of albums . The group continues to play in various formations working on new material and putting out it’s own brand of prog/pop/rock.
The Aaron Clift Experiment (Austin, TX)
Chris Welch (Denton, TX)
Chris Welch is a veteran of the North Texas music scene. Beginning in 2003 with Denton’s Pinebox Serenade, Welch fronted one of DFW’s preeminent alt country acts, releasing four albums in 10 years supported by tours in the South and the Midwest. Beyond Pinebox, Welch contributed vocals and lead guitar to two albums with Irish folk band The Jakeys as well as lead vocals and guitar to two albums with Blues rock band Old Warhorse. Currently a solo R&B/Soul artist backed by The Cicada Killers, Welch brings influences Eddie Hinton, Otis Redding, Dan Penn, Alex Chilton, James Carr, and others to the vibrant post-rock, post-alt, roots-forward North Texas Music scene. His next album is forthcoming from Goliad Media.
The Mighty Orq (Houston, TX)
Since 2002 The Mighty Orq has been performing solo and with his band across the US and Europe. He has won multiple awards, released seven albums, and an instructional DVD for solo resonator slide guitar. He is a uniquely talented singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist with a focus in the American Roots Music genres.
Charlie and the Regrets (Houston, TX)
We are a Houston based alt-country/Americana band. Since the release of our 2015 EP, we have made several radio and television appearances and played venues across Texas and the Gulf coast including: Gruene Hall (New Braunfels), The Old Quarter (Galveston), The Continental Club (Houston), The House of Blues (Houston), Adair’s Saloon (Dallas), The Raven Tower (Houston), The Rattle Inn (Austin), Fitzgerald’s (Houston), Poodie’s Hilltop Cafe (Austin), The Firehouse Saloon (Houston), Longhorn Saloon (Vinton, LA). Cuts from the EP are regularly played on KPFT 90.1 FM and the band gets regular mentions in Free Press Houston features on “The Best Of” Houston entertainment lists.
Every Thursday, Houston Darts Association and Rudyard’s hosts a Blind Draw Doubles tournament with registration starting at 7:30pm and first throw at 8:00pm. Cash prizes are handed out to the top finishers and half of the tournament pot is graciously matched by Rudyard’s to juice up stakes. The BBD tournament will include a best of three format, starting with 501 and Cricket, and team member’s randomly matched before the tournament starts. Entry fee’s will be determined at the start of the tournament but are generally $5 with optional buy-in’s for a mystery out. If there are enough interested following the BBD tournament we will follow up with a singles tournament of similar fashion.
Shoot well everyone!
** Membership in the HDA is absolutely NOT required to enter and all skill levels are welcome. **
Come have a drink, meet some interesting people, and play some awesome board games. Our meeting place is Rudyard’s Pub on Waugh. They have damn good food and a decent beer selection. Three parking lots to the North, West, and South West and some street parking a block over.
If you are new to the world of modern board games have no fear, everyone is awesome and you’ll have a great time. We have all types of games; social games with easy rules and lots of interaction or more competitive games as well as cooperative ones. TableTop on youtube is a good place to get a feel for the types of games we usually play.
We average around 30 people and we’re upstairs in the private event area.
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