“We wanted a party that could exist as an extension of the anti-police and pro-rowdy sentiment”
As though in a dream, last weekend, we found ourselves amongst friends, dazzled by green projected lights, with black masks and balaclavas circulating like candy, and ground-shaking music keeping us jolting on the dance floor all night long. If you ended up at our LRAD party on Friday night at Trans-Pecos, you know what we mean. It was just as we imagined a party could be when when we threw our first LRAD last winter:
“We wanted a party that could exist as an extension of the anti-police and pro-rowdy sentiment growing both for us and our readership. We are already the opposition: how we do our eyeliner, how we reach out to our depressed friends, the music we listen to, the way we care about each other, the way we intervene. We’re the opposition in the spaces we move through: commuting on the MTA, dancing at the bar, smoking between shifts, where fucking ever. We wanted to build a party that would explicitly be this – a space for the opposition – a space that is both disorienting and empowering, a space where we can show our strength.”
The sounds of Olive T, False Witness, FXWRK, and Bearcat made us feel so held by community it felt a little surreal, and the sensational visuals brought to us by designer and artist Jenny Marks could not be a better metaphor. Her projections captured both the familiar and the abstract and obscure, our gentility and our antagonisms, and the space between the dream-like and waking life.
We want to thank everybody who showed up and hope to see you next time ...
With help from our photographer Luis Nieto Dickens, we’re letting you re-live the night, check it out: