Sonic Buffalo will simply chud-rock your face off. Photo by Parker Lunsford
Sonic Buffalo will simply chud-rock your face off. Photo by Parker Lunsford

A lovable but particularly snobbish friend recently referred to a kind of rock ’n’ roll practiced in Fort Worth as “chud rock.” I snickered, thinking, “ ‘Chud’ definitely isn’t a word, but somehow I know what he means.”

My theory is that he’s talking about loud, melodic rock with bluesy elements, specifically The Hanna Barbarians, Foxtrot Uniform, The Frisky Disco, Rotten Roots, We’rewolves, and a few other similar-sounding bands that don’t seem to get much press beyond these pages. Of course, he’s also talking about bands that he grew up on and loves (or has loved) –– The Rolling Stones, Faces, The Stooges, The MC5, The Black Keys –– but we won’t tell him that.

The music can’t be the problem. Thick riffs, thunderous drums, high-pitched screams –– what’s not to like? No, for him, it must be a question of perceived authenticity. I guess today’s chud rockers, like their predecessors, are guilty of being young and (mostly) white while appropriating an African-American artform. I know, I know. I should have said, “Dude. The 1960s called. They want their complaint back.”

(SMTX)FTW-300x250-NOV17The Sex Rynos, Arlington’s Afro-pop-influenced Kites & Boomerangs, and probably the heaviest, grooviest chud-rocking band of young’uns in town, Sonic Buffalo. Cover is $5 to $9.

The chuds will keep rockin’ The Grotto on Friday, when Sally Majestic, Year of the Bear, Addnerim, Prophets of Rage, Stoogeaphilia, Merkin, Tripp Mathis, and Levi Ray will perform as part of a benefit concert for Addison Gem Greer, a baby girl suffering from CLOVES Syndrome, a rare illness. Proceeds from the $10 cover will go toward her treatment and travel expenses. The event also includes raffles.



Just know that Lola’s other shows this weekend will be audible from your house. On Friday, national metallists Saint Vitus (featuring Fort Worth drummer Henry Vasquez) headline, preceded by Tricounty Terror, Hint of Death (featuring ex-members of Dallas hardcore legends Rigor Mortis and Speedealer), and Solomon. A reunited old-school sludge-metal band peopled by members of two revered North Texas outfits –– the dubby Sub Oslo and original Fort Worth hardcore practitioners Garuda –– Solomon, according to one Dallas Observer scribe, is the heaviest band on Earth. On Saturday, Denton’s RTB2 and Haltom City’s The Me-Thinks will open for touring metalheads Jucifer, who perform through 100 tons of amplifiers. Seriously. Bring earplugs.


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  1. Who’s 40 years old and gets to write about young people’s music? I guess you are. You’re an expert- nah, just kidding. You are a charlatan. Quit making up words like Chud Rock- Do you know how old and stupid you sound?

  2. 1) I think Chud refers to Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski and the music he has inspired.

    2) Be careful if you are trying to dance to Saint Vitus when they play at Lola’s. People who like to do the Saint Vitus dance have rapid, uncoordinated jerking movements affecting primarily the face, feet and hands.

  3. Thanks, Peter! Comments from clearly well-educated, respectable, well-adjusted people like yourself always inspire me to do better and keep reaching for the stars! Maybe one day I’ll have a real job like you. A boy can dream.