Cover bands. They light you up with songs that make you dance hard and sing with sweaty conviction. These nostalgic heart-string pullers have one thing in common: they want to create as much fun with music as humanly possible. Whether it be rock and roll, swing, blues, hair metal, 80’s, or beyond, Austin has you “covered” from head to effects pedal.
Do yourself a favor and catch some of these uber talented local musicians! If there’s one thing you need to remember about cover bands, it’s that they love the songs they’re covering just as much as you do. Now go rock your face off!
1/ The Spazmatics
If you’ve been on West 4th Street in Austin at around 9:30 p.m. on a Wednesday, you’ve probably heard The Spazmatics rocking out to the 80’s. They kill it every single time with infectious songs like “Take on Me” by Aha, “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield, “Whip it” by Devo and “Just Can’t Get Enough” by Depeche Mode. Also, their nerd-rock outfits are something special. They play all over Texas, but their weekly home base is at Cedar Street Austin.
2/ More Cowbell
Technically, More Cowbell is a “mash-up” cover band. The creative blending of two crowd favorites has been wildly successful, earning them awards as Austin’s Favorite Cover Band in recent years. They’ll seamlessly combine songs like “Smells like Teen Sprit” by Nirvana with “Gin and Juice” by Snoop Dogg and name it “Smells like Gin and Juice.”
The list of music they cover is impressive, from Taylor Swift to Johnny Cash to Nine Inch Nails. And who doesn’t love that their name is a reference to a legendary Saturday Night Live skit?
3/ The Eggmen
The fine gentlemen of The Eggmen are dedicated to wooing you with 60’s tunes from bands like The Beatles, The Kinks, The Who and The Rolling Stones. Another Austin Music Award winner that’ll get a crowd amped up, no matter what age range. Like a lot of cover bands, they do weddings and other types of events. Imagine hearing a faithful rendition of “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles on your big day. Pretty magical, right?