Texas. We might assume that the state would be breeding ground for country music, above all else. There’s some truth to that, but the Lone Star State has been a breeding ground for a much more radical form of genre-mashing rock music dating back to the 1960s, when Austin outfit the 13th Floor Elevators brought San Francisco-style psychedelia to bear on a twisted form of surf rock and primal rock ‘n’ roll. When acts like the Moving Sidewalks – featuring a pre-ZZ Top Billy Gibbons – added a Hendrix-informed blues element to the party, a deep strain of freaky southern psych-rock was born, one that continues to be celebrated today, through events like the annual Texas Psych Fest.
The Sword is carrying on this deep tradition of Texan psychedelic rock, and has upped the ante by adding the influence of heavy metal and stoner rock to the equation, in the process, becoming one of the hippest outfits among a young generation of heavy bands. Fresh from the release of its fifth album, “High Country,” the Texan quartet has taken to the road, celebrating its raunchy and often trippy take on classic rock tropes and indulging in the gorgeous sludge of psychedelic metal. Last time the band passed through Buffalo, it shared the bill with Clutch at the Town Ballroom, in what turned out to be one of the most viscerally pleasing shows of 2014. Now, the Sword will bring its “High Country” show to that same venue, with guests Royal Thunder, for an all-ages show beginning at 7 p.m. Dec. 5.
Tickets are $19-$22 (box office, ticketfly.com).