Photo by Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTX
In 1980s Austin, Jason McMaster stuck out. He was a headbanger in a largely country and blues town, finding his metal tribe via a fledgling, brand-new record store called Waterloo and imported issues of Kerrang!. With not a whole lot of local options, McMaster helped kick start Austin’s metal scene, first with Watch Tower and later with a murderer’s row of awesome bands (and band names): Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth, Ignitor, Evil United, and Howling Sycamore. These days, you can find him passing on his singing gifts to a new generation through his mentoring work at the Austin chapter of the School Of Rock.
This week on My KUTX, McMaster celebrates Love Austin Music Month with a guest DJ set built around his many metal memories: first hearing Metallica at Waterloo Records; hanging with British metal titans at their Austin crash pad; sharing bills with local punk heroes; and more. Listen to My KUTX on Saturday, February 16 at 6 p.m. or anytime at the bottom of the page.
–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX
1. Metallica – “Seek & Destroy”
2. Raven – “Hell Patrol”
3. Saxon – “Dallas 1 P.M.”
4. Accept – “Balls To The Wall”
5. Roky Erickson & The Explosives – “Two Headed Dog” (Live)
6. Big Boys – “Fun Fun Fun”
7. Junkyard – “Long Way Home”
8. Offenders – “Face Down In The Dirt”
9. Agony Column – “4×4”
10. Willie Nelson – “Time Of The Preacher”