Date: Friday, May 19, 2:45 p.m.
Venue: Fitz’s Stage
Electronic music is one of the Hangout Fest’s mainstays. Over the years, the epic beach party has included some of the biggest names in the genre.
Missio, the Austin, Texas-based duo comprising Matthew Brue and David Butler, takes pride in not only its rhythmic beats but also its vocal content, which features insightful lyrics. Even though their home base is known for indie rock and alt. country, Missio is a shining ambassador of Austin’s small and overlooked electronic scene.
“I wouldn’t say that it’s [Austin’s electronic scene] nonexistent, because there are pockets and niches of it,” Butler said. “We’re definitely a little outside the box of what Austin is known for. More and more people are getting into it. Hopefully, a little scene will start to pop up, but it has yet to be seen.”
Six months ago, Missio’s electronic anthem “Middle Fingers” slowly began spreading through the masses with an online presence and its steady rotation on Sirius XM’s Alt. Nation channel. The track’s electronic grandeur is accented by a perpetual, subtle pulse of bass, and its honest message tackling the sometimes illusory personalities to which social media has given birth.
RCA Records also took notice and signed Missio to its roster. Since then, the duo has been touring while enjoying their newfound and rising success.
“Six months ago, we were at the point in our career where we could go left, or we could go right,” Brue explained. “We really didn’t know what was going to happen where we were at with the team around us. To be six months past that point and have all this success that we’ve had in the past five months has been insane and overwhelming, to say the least. I can speak for both of us when I say that we’re both incredibly grateful for all the opportunities that we’ve experienced so far.”
Missio’s Hangout Fest performance will serve as the duo’s album release party for their debut full-length, “Loner.” Butler describes the album as lyrically dark, focusing on “struggling through dark points” that plague life. He also says this album will give fans a more extensive look into Missio’s sound, which he says is an “aggressive” mix of hip-hop and grunge rock. While images of heavy guitars may come to mind, Butler says this perception is far from the truth. Missio is an electronic band that takes on the genre with a rock ‘n’ roll attitude.
“We bring energy,” Butler said. “We both really love playing live and feed off the crowd. All of our music are these giant anthems. It kinda creates this little cycle of energy. Whatever the crowd gives us, we’ll give it right back.”