Faith No More

I love all things Mike Patton and have seen many of his performances but I finally got to see Faith No More the other night resulting in long lasting goosebumps. I was also fortunate enough to witness the magic with great company including my writer friend Greg Klein. I went to this show as a fan but was hoping to pitch a review to one of the magazines I shoot for but I have yet to hear back from them and I just can’t wait any longer to share my photos, Greg’s review, and our excitement.


Faith No More
Austin Music Hall
Austin, TX
July 26, 2015
Opener: Napalm Death

Faith No More has always been a hard band to pin down. Maybe it’s their frontman Mike Patton, who seems to have his fingers in five musical pies at any time. Maybe it’s their complex sounds: mixing funky bass chords with heavy metal progressions, only to follow these songs up with a lounge ballad. Or maybe it’s a band dressed in white linen on a stage full of floral arrangements, playing for a sold-out music hall full of sweaty rockers dressed in black.

Or maybe it’s all of these. Regardless, Faith No More took the stage Sunday night for the first time in Austin in almost twenty years, supporting Sol Invictus, their first album since 1997, and delivered an electric night of music. Before they played, though, British grindcore metal band Napalm Death warmed up a crowd already cooking in its own juices from the oppressive July heat. They certainly had their fans, and played a solid 45 minutes before the roadies began to set up the numerous flowers around the stage in preparation for the headliners.

Opening with “Motherfucker,” their first single from the new album, both the band and the crowd were ready to go out of the gates. FNM played a healthy spattering of their catalogue, drawing most heavily from Angel Dust. This didn’t feel like a band in support of a new album, and while the new songs all translated well to the stage, odds were this was most people’s first chance to see Patton and company live, and they played to the fervent crowd’s energy. The highlight of the night was “Midlife Crisis.” After letting the audience sing the second chorus, the band then broke into an interlude, playing the song to the tune of Boz Scagg’s “Lowdown.” FNM was raucous with “Be Aggressive” and “The Gentle Art of Making Enemies,” slowed it down with “Evidence,” and of course played their biggest single, “Epic.”

After “We Care A Lot,” they closed the night, and second encore, with Burt Bacharach’s “This Guy’s in Love with You,” precluded by Patton warning the crowd, “Remember, you asked for this.” As the room full of rockers sang along to a 48-year-old pop song, it seemed a fitting end to a dynamic night of music. Faith No More showed Texas they hadn’t lost a step during their 20-year absence. Here’s hoping we don’t have to wait as long for their return.

-Greg Klein


Be Aggressive”
Black Friday”
Everything’s Ruined”
Midlife Crisis”
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies”
Easy” (Commodores cover)
Separation Anxiety”
King for a Day”
Ashes to Ashes”

We Care A Lot”

2nd Encore
This Guy’s in Love with You” (Burt Bacharach cover)



I was hoping to write a real piece on this band but a show review will do. I brought Greg along with me once again to do my dirty work, like hold my cameras while I pee, oh and write the story.

By the time it was the day of the show we knew our editor only wanted a show review so that’s all we focused on.

Had we been approved to get more detail I would have loved to have stepped backstage and pick these guys’ brains. They have an interesting story for sure and as lively as their shows.

I’ll have to save that for later though. In the meantime, here’s what was posted.


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Peelander in Review

Greg’s groovy review and my lonely pic on


Peelander-Z in Austin

by Greg Klein on October 17, 2013

photo by Jaime Butler


The Mohawk

Austin, TX

September 29

Sometimes the recorded medium doesn’t do a band justice. Their energy is too loud, too contagious, too over-the-top to be contained on something static like an album, and the only way to do this energy justice is to experience it live. Peelander-Z is the standard-bearer for these bands.

Japanese comic book punk group Peelander-Z consists of four members: Peelander Yellow, Pink, Purple, and Green, all hailing from Planet Peelander. Or maybe they’re a New York-based group of musicians originally from Japan. Or maybe they’re a little of both: a madcap bunch of entertainers who use catchy, chord-driven singalong punk tunes combined with an elaborate stage show full of signs, monster costumes, and audience participation. Yeah, let’s go with both.

Peelander-Z landed in the outdoor stage of the Mohawk on Saturday, September 28, after bands Mr. Lewis and the Funeral 5 and Residual Kid warmed up the crowd. The latter provided the surprise of the night, as the trio (all aged 15 and younger) blew the arriving crowd away with their heavy, grungy punk. After closing with a raucous cover of Nirvana’s “Territorial Pissings,” there was no question the future was bright for this group.

Then Peelander-Z took to the stage in full costume and opened with “So Many Mike,” and the crowd didn’t stop jumping around, egged on by the constant direction of Peelander Yellow, with numerous hand-written signs held up by Peelander Pink. “Mad Tiger” followed, as we were taught a four-step dance/exercise routine. During the song, the band took one of its many trips into the crowd and passed out tins and sticks to provide percussion, as a long rope was stretched across the floor for a makeshift limbo line and jump rope. Other fan favorites like “Ninja High School” and “Tacos Tacos Tacos,” and a Peelander Pink-led cover of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” moved along a frenetic hour-long set of piggyback rides, mosh pits, crowd surfing, and a long interlude during “S.T.E.A.K.” to bring up audience members to play the instruments while the band set up bowling pins for Peelander Yellow to run from the back of the room to the stage, jumping on the them for a body slam strike.

Incredibly silly and incredibly fun, Peelander-Z must be seen to believed, and should be, too. Do your interplanetary neighbors a favor and see them soon.

Authors: Greg Klein

Peelander Kid

Covered a Peelander Z show Saturday night with my buddy ol pal Greg and accidentally stumbled upon Residual Kid. None older than 15 and one of the most impressive bands I’ve seen since I moved to Austin. I recommend checking out their youtube page and website and definitely seeing them live. Greg’s review along with my pics will be up on soon.


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Fun Fest Coverage 2012

Result of a long and brutal three day weekend. Below is our (Greg and I) published work in Relix Magazine’s February 2013 issue. Photo is of Edward Sharpe and a fan he pulled out of the audience.


To see more images from Fun Fest head over to

Leonard Cohen & Primus

They did not perform on the same night but they both played at the Bass Concert Hall here in Austin about a week apart. I was supposed to cover Eddie Vedder and combine all three shows into a gallery for The photo restrictions for Vedder were ridiculous and would render my photos useless so I passed on the opportunity even if it would’ve been a chance to at least see him in concert for free. You can see shots from the two shows on by clicking on the text below:

Leonard Cohen and Primus photo gallery

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012

The dust dust dust is not so fun fun fun at the Fun Fest at Auditorium Shores. This year half the grounds actually had grass which helped keep the dust down tremendously. I still don’t have a voice from breathing in so much dirt and my boogers are coming out black but still, not as bad as last year. Here’s a shot of DMC backstage on Saturday at the fest. More pix and details to come.