The Hates (Houston, TX)
Legendary newspaper journalist Bert Woodall might just have hit the nail on the head, by giving the HATES the epithet: “Houston’s First and Last Punk Band”.
Almost 30 years since the band’s formation, prime mover Christian Arnheiter a.k.a. Christian Anarchy is the only original member left, but his band has become an institution that still wreaks some old-school punk rock havoc upon the Houston, Texas music scene.
On January 4, 1996 Hobart Rowland of the Houston Press said:
Christian Arnheiter has every excuse to sit and sulk. For two decades, his band the Hates has been thrashing away in blissful obscurity, all the while upholding the tattered flag of the punk aesthetic. And now he has to watch as bands such as Green Day, Rancid and the Offspring cash in on the resurgence of a sound that his Houston group had a hand in fashioning in the first place. If he had a mind to, Arnheiter might muster up a few putdowns to go with his been there, done that attitude. But instead of anger, all Arnheiter can come up with is indifference. True punks, Arnheiter will tell you, stow their frustration. They save it for their songs; they use it for inspiration; they take it out on their guitars. And rest assured, Arnheiter is as true as they come, a living, breathing, Mohawked anachronism.
The Drafted (Baytown, TX)
The Drafted are from Baytown, Texas and they established themselves in 2003 as a trio with Adam Stanley on guitar and vocals, Ben Gotcher on bass, and Omeed Tabrizi on drums. Early in 2004 they added a fourth member, Aaron Hughes, who played drums while Omeed switched to guitar. The following year Ben was replaced by Rylan Felder on bass. It was at this time that they recorded their first full-length on their new friends’ DIY label Lower Records in Baytown. In the year following this first release they enjoyed much popularity in their home town.
In 2006 Adam went off to college in New Orleans to study music and Rylan went into the Navy and was eventually stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. The band continued playing shows, however. In Rylan’s absence, they brought on their friend Daniel Rideaux to play drums while Aaron covered the bass. Adam would drive in from New Orleans to play shows, and about once or twice a year Rylan was able to perform with the band. For most of 2010 Aaron was back on drums while another friend, Chris Lopez, filled the bass spot. With Chris going off to college in 2011, Daniel was brought back on as a more consistent substitute again.
Now Adam and Rylan back in Texas and Omeed is studying at Texas State University in San Marcos.
They still play as often as they can.
Gut Radio (Baytown, TX)
It was kind of like Chernobyl, but better.
One day, special agent Red Taint noticed that crew leader Death Shark was online, so he sent a Fb text. Through a short conversation the two realized that they would be converging on the same metropolitan area within a few months. A few months after this indeed happened, a pact was made that the bearded rock and roll that would espouse from their alliance would shake the earth from the sonic orgasm that is….