Once a month, wonky sounds of the deep permeate through the walls and windows within the confines of downtown Austin. These sounds are the results of SHUSH, an in-your-face bass event thrown by the well-known Grindhouse crew and their latest agency, Feral Artists. Packing a punch that hertz, SHUSH is defining the space that looms between festival headliner and prospective artist in their hometowns. With the irony of its name, SHUSH is louder and more exciting than ever, and this time the experience was packed into the most intimately cool-cat venue you’d never know existed.
Packed into the side of a bar, behind a secret entrance is Vinyl. This last Saturday, the legendary sound space got a taste of the rich underground scene that is transcending the obscure niches of the ATX nightlife. Unlike the monotonous expectations of a stereotypical event, the artists at SHUSH were only allowed to spin their own original content. While many thriving DJs do struggle to fill a whole time-slot with their own productions, the talented members of Feral Artists Agency held their ground, shaking the establishment from wall to wall with comfort and ease.
Featuring Blaize, Grime Tribe, Old Gold, and Scotty Cruz, the cozy quarters quickly amassed an intimate frenzy of unrelenting heathens, caught in the violent ebb and flow of throbbing subs and peaking tweeters.
It was electrifying to say the least. Both new and familiar faces riddled the dance floor. From one person to another, the event marked a great deal of mutual love from between artist and audience, just as it should be.
Grindhouse has been throwing parties around Austin for years now and they are scaling the ranks with a new wave of Texas artists managed by Feral Artists Agency. Focusing on the Central Texas area, the bass event company is boasting an even more powerful presence with new events every week including the bi-weekly Rick N’ Morty BBQ at Rio Rooftop, not to mention the Shuttervision Underground Festival Campout of last Spring, which introduced many of these artists to the works of Austin’s lively underground progression.
Austin has always been a pioneer in its genres and motifs, perfectly reflected by the acts under the Feral Artists banner. Boldly embracing the newer forms of sound engineering and sample manipulation, the DJs on the Feral Artists roster are not only along for the ride, they are the ride, laying down new tracks ahead, pun intended.
Grindhouse and Feral Artists Agency will continue to host SHUSH every month, indefinitely, as the momentum of their movement brings the latest in bass genres to the surface. Ascending higher every week, the light will illuminate these artists’ work for the thousands and hundreds of thousands to experience with the same love and appreciation held at obscure venues like Vinyl.