By Ava Zavala
I recently took a trip up to Austin to see indie rock band, Foxygen. Foxygen was at the Mohawk, a venue I call my second home. The opener was Gabriella Cohen. The first thing I noticed was the increased security since the last time I went to the Mohawk. The ‘X marks normally put on your wrists were double enforced, along with the fact that anyone underage couldn’t even hold a drink.
After going to the Mohawk multiple times, I’ve learned that the section at the very top of the venue is an awesome place to see the show and is also where a lot of the band members pass. Although talking with friends while I waited was fun, it seemed to take forever for the show to start. Usually, I like the opening bands because they sound somewhat similar to the main band. However, I didn’t really like the openers, so time seemed to drag on. After about two hours, Foxygen finally began to take the stage.
As soon as the opener ended, many mics were brought onstage. Then, we saw trumpets and tubas take the stage. Finally, Sam France and Jonathan Rado, the singer and guitarist, appeared as mist filled the stage. He opened with one of my favorite old songs, and the wait was worth it! The presence of part of an orchestral band really made the live songs sound like the actual record! Soon, an hour had flown by, and we were at the encore.
Security was not so tight on people rushing the stage. Two guys jumped on stage, and while at first they danced around, they then went up to Sam, who was playing a trumpet and forced Mardi Gras beads on him. Sam, obviously shocked, pushed them away and continued playing. The guys then jumped back into the crowd and surfed. Everyone was laughing as the song ended. Sam then went to the front of the stage to the mic. He addressed the situation in what you would call colorful language.
The audience was repeating him in parody, and he later apologized to the guys and encouraged them to be spontaneous, but respectful. He saved his most popular songs for the encore as everyone cheered and danced. I couldn’t believe that two hours had flown by so quickly. By this time, it was midnight and we bought our shirts and proceeded to walk out. As we reminisced, I happened to look up and see a very surprising person; Brad, the singer from another band I love called Oberhofer! He was walking in and we made eye contact as he was checking into the show. By the time I figured out it was him, it was too late, and he had walked into the venue. Sadly, there was no re-entry under 21 and I couldn’t go back for a picture. As it turns out, he was in Austin shooting a music video! It was very exciting just being able to see him, as I haven’t seen him live yet, which made it that much more exciting.
Foxygen put on an amazing show, and I was very glad to be able to say I saw them. We walked down a couple blocks and stopped at Hoboken Pie, a great pizza place for late-night adventures. After eating many slices of pizza, we drove home. I can confidently say I would recommend a Foxygen show or giving them a listen. I cannot wait for another Austin concert!