At Austin’s Levitation festival this past weekend, Texan psych legends the 13th Floor Elevators reunited to play their first show in 47 years. The band was only together for a few years in the first place, and given the mental health problems that frontman Roky Erickson has had over the years, this reunion could’ve gone a lot of different ways. But judging on the one fan-made video we’ve seen, they sounded robust and muscular. The band helped pioneer an astral take on the classic ’60s hammerhead garage-rock sound, and they were able to lock back into it without losing their collective composure. That’s a big win! Below, watch video of them playing “Earthquake,” from their 1967 album Easter Everywhere.
Don’t hold your breath for news that these guys are going on tour. But maybe?
UPDATE: Here’s the whole set.