10 Questions Interview - Joey Gorman by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Welcome to FWN's 10 Questions Interview. We are pleased to have our favorite rock and roll fighter pilot Joey Gorman (Joe Gorgeous, The Longshots) join us today. 

Be sure to catch Joe Gorgeous live 6/23 at FW's newest venue, Main at SouthSide and in Dallas the 26th at Armoury, DE. --LB

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 Joey Gorman doing Joey Gorman things - Photo courtesy of Joey Gorman, Photo by John Erwin

Joey Gorman doing Joey Gorman things - Photo courtesy of Joey Gorman, Photo by John Erwin

1) With which creatures do you share quarters?

JG: The ones that once were and shall be again

2) Most likely Pop Culture Alien Overlord?

JG: Taylor Swift? ...Jim Belushi. Definitely jim belushi

3) What can't you live without?

JG: Rock n Roll Coca Cola Love & Marijuana

4) Ultimate Morning-After Food?

JG: Quesadillas til tha day i die

5) Personal Symbol of Freedom?

JG:Minivan

 

6) Build a Bridge or Open a Door?

JG: Open the door, Hold the door for the Bridge Builder. Walk back outside.

7) Super Hero Alter Ego?

JG: Wayne Gretzky OR "Repo Man"

8) Underdog you Root for most?

JG: The Truth and/or Sanity

9) Given the choice to come back as any animal, which one would you choose?

JG: The Lobster

10) Most important individual with the initials MJ? Why?

JG:Mike Jones. Who?

 Photo courtesy of Joey Gorman

Photo courtesy of Joey Gorman

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about the word writer person:

Lyle Brooks sometimes exists as The Flashbulb (IG:@flashbulbtx). Among a plethora of other cool things & happenings, Lyle has fetched water for John Cale, made copies for Morton Subotnick and once lit Jim Jarmusch's cigarette out in front of a Merzbow show. He has eaten Mexican food with Fungi Girls and Italian food with Yells at Eels and documented them both. Tho his vision comes and goes, we are pleased to report his ears are in working order

10 Questions Interview - Darrin Kobetich by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Welcome to FWN's 10 Questions Interview. We are lucky to have musical guru and stringed assassin Darrin Kobetich join us today -- an ingenious player with the mind of a seeker. 

DK plays House of Blues June 16 & 17th, his smokin' Bluegrass group, Blackland River Devils are at The Free Man Cajun Cafe on the 23rd, then there's Thursdays at S&R where you can find him playing with the tribal jazz ensemble RageOut Arkestra led by MONDO drummer extraordinaire, Eddie Dunlap. --LB

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 Darrin Kobetich - Photo by  David Creature

Darrin Kobetich - Photo by David Creature

1) With which creatures do you share quarters?

DK: unfortunately cats and dogs...

2) Most likely Pop Culture Alien Overlord?

DK: Mr. Bean?

3) What can't you live without?

DK: music

4) Ultimate Morning-After Food?

DK: cheerios

5) Personal Symbol of Freedom?

DK: middle finger

6) Build a Bridge or Open a Door?

DK: both

7) Super Hero Alter Ego?

DK: whoever was the Man-Thing, (Dr. Theodore "TedSallis)

8. Underdog you Root for most?

DK: the awkward ones

9) Given the choice to come back as any animal, which one would you choose?

DK: dinosaur

10) Most important individual with the initials MJ? Why?

DK: Mary Jane - legalize it

 Kobetich playing a Turkish thing called a Cumbus (pron: djoomboosh), NOT a Banjo - Photo by  Chris Emory

Kobetich playing a Turkish thing called a Cumbus (pron: djoomboosh), NOT a Banjo - Photo by Chris Emory

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about the word writer person:

Lyle Brooks sometimes exists as The Flashbulb (IG:@flashbulbtx). Among a plethora of other cool things & happenings, Lyle has fetched water for John Cale, made copies for Morton Subotnick and once lit Jim Jarmusch's cigarette out in front of a Merzbow show. He has eaten Mexican food with Fungi Girls and Italian food with Yells at Eels and documented them both. Tho his vision comes and goes, we are pleased to report his ears are in working order

10 Questions Interview - Cameron Smith by Lyle Brooks

We are honored to have Cameron Smith on the 10 Questions Interview. With an impressive amount of creative energy, between his outstanding band War Party and his solo work as Sur Duda, Mr. Smith wastes little time: June 14th he DJs at Collective Brewing Project, 22nd solo at Buon Giorno Grapevine, WP plays Armoury, DE (w/ Acid Tongue, Joe Gorgeous) on the 26th and MASS July 7th (w/ SOS, Sealion).  

War Party is finishing up their 3rd full-length, Pure Destroyer. Sur Duda will add to the recently released Fort Night and 2x4 Tracks when he returns to the studio later this month. Revel in all the great jams! --LB

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 Sur Duda - Photo courtesy of Cameron Smith

Sur Duda - Photo courtesy of Cameron Smith

1) With which creatures do you share quarters?

CS: I live in a big red brick house with my human girlfriend Stevie and her daughter and my homie, Peter Marsh and my two canine adoptees, Nova and Eleanor Biscuit.

2) Most likely Pop Culture Alien Overlord?

CS: Bill Murray.

3) What can't you live without?

CS: Anxiety.

4) Ultimate Morning-After Food?

CS: Strawberries, pineapple and melons. Any melon… except cucumber.

5) Personal Symbol of Freedom?

CS: The finger.

6) Build a Bridge or Open a Door?

CS: Build a bridge to an unopened door, open the door. Hmm…maybe this room could use a new bridge.

7) Super Hero Alter Ego?

CS: Curtis Mayfield.

 Screen shot of Smith from the Peter Marsh-directed "Lemon Balm" music video by Siberian Traps

Screen shot of Smith from the Peter Marsh-directed "Lemon Balm" music video by Siberian Traps

8) Underdog you Root for most?

CS: LaVern Marigold… or world peace. Or the division of art and commerce.

9) Given the choice to come back as any animal, which one would you choose?

CS: Grey wolf…or an owl.

10) Most important individual with the initials MJ? Why?

CS: Marc Johnson. Just watch his Fully Flared part. His work introduced me to a lot of the music I love, his wit informed my sense of humor and his skateboarding speaks for itself.

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about the word writer person:

Lyle Brooks sometimes exists as The Flashbulb (IG:@flashbulbtx). Among a plethora of other cool things & happenings, Lyle has fetched water for John Cale, made copies for Morton Subotnick and once lit Jim Jarmusch's cigarette out in front of a Merzbow show. He has eaten Mexican food with Fungi Girls and Italian food with Yells at Eels and documented them both. Tho his vision comes and goes, we are pleased to report his ears are in working order

10 Questions Interview - Oil Boom by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Welcome to FWN's 10 Questions Interview. We are enlivened to have the spirit of Oil Boom on the Ouija board today. 

Oil Boom's exquisite Red Metal is available for sale, new album out in October. In closing, Oil Boom would like everyone to please remember to have your pets spayed or neutered. --LB

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@2014 Oil Boom Video directed and edited by Sara Mosier Producer/Art Director: Erin Nicole Parisi 1st AD: Alondra Castro Special Thanks: Kinetigraf Entertainment 'Röckenröül' from Oil Boom's 2014 album, Red Metal

1) With which creatures do you share quarters?

OB: Two dogs I think.

2) Most likely Pop Culture Alien Overlord?

OB: Kang and Kodos. Is there even a debate here?

3) What can't you live without?

OB: Season 3 of Coach on DVD

4) Ultimate Morning-After Food?

OB: Beets, highly underrated

5) Personal Symbol of Freedom?

OB: Truck nutz

6) Build a Bridge or Open a Door?

OB: Build a bridge just like the Judds did

7) Super Hero Alter Ego?

OB: Cabbage Man, a short lived Marvel also-ran that gained his camouflaging powers after eating a piece of radioactive cabbage

 Cabbage Man irl

Cabbage Man irl

8. Underdog you Root for most?

OB: Any musician with a day job

9) Given the choice to come back as any animal, which one would you choose?

OB: Eric Burdon

10) Most important individual with the initials MJ? Why?

OB: Magic Johnson without question. All jokes aside, he is my hero.

@2014 Oil Boom Video directed and edited by Sara Mosier - "The Sneak Tip" from Oil Boom's 10/28/14 album, Red Metal

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about the word writer person:

Lyle Brooks sometimes exists as The Flashbulb (IG:@flashbulbtx). Among a plethora of other cool things & happenings, Lyle has fetched water for John Cale, made copies for Morton Subotnick and once lit Jim Jarmusch's cigarette out in front of a Merzbow show. He has eaten Mexican food with Fungi Girls and Italian food with Yells at Eels and documented them both. Tho his vision comes and goes, we are pleased to report his ears are in working order

I Like This Song - Siberian Traps' "Lemon Balm" by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

I Like This Song celebrates songs by local bands sans clichéd music journo over-analysis.

The furthest we take the dissection of songs featured here is, well, you guessed it: "I Like This Song." 

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A film by Peter Marsh, shot in Fort Worth, Texas. "Lemon Balm" is from the upcoming Siberian Traps album Indicator, to be released on Dreamy Life Records on June 9, 2017. "Lemon Balm" words and music by Seth Reeves, Chiefchickencharlie Publishing. Performed by Siberian Traps.

Today's featured song is the lead single from Siberian Traps' forthcoming LP Indicatora Dreamy Life Records jam sandwich 'bout to hit your ear mouths on June 9th.

The 'Traps are set - c'mon, I know you liked that pun - to celebrate the album's release this Friday night at Shipping & Receiving with Son of Stan + Programme + Super Secret Records' New Berlin.

Party starts at 8pm, full event details posted here.

 Siberian Traps - Photo greatness by Walt Burns

Siberian Traps - Photo greatness by Walt Burns

Before we move forward, y'all should know there's a killer write-up on Indicator posted over at Aesthetic Magazine; highly recommend you give it a read. The article provides some wonderful insights into the music video's production process as well.

And now I'm gonna talk about actual irl Lemon Balm for a few 'graphs because that's how we do here at FWN.

 Lemon Balm: The flower that holds the power

Lemon Balm: The flower that holds the power

Lemon Balm or 'Sweet Melissa' as it is commonly known, has several medicinal properties, making it one of the most beloved plants in the history of humankind (at least for the past 2,000 years anyway).

More so than anything else, Lemon Balm serves as a mild sedative that helps curb stress and anxiety. HELLO! I'm so familiar with stress and anxiety my old law firm was called Scott-Jackson, Stress, & Anxiety LLP.

I've grown Lemon Balm for the past 15 years, I mean, golly, it's practically another family member with its social status resting somewhere between our dog and our goldfish. So one can imagine my delight when the 'Traps dropped this single and music vid.

When I watched the video I perceived a visual representation of Lemon Balm taking hold, the embodiment of its medicinal properties slowly starting to activate.

The video begins with Cameron Smith (War Party) walking alone, robotically striding forward passing by other folks seemingly stuck in the same manic cycle of day-to-day stress.

However, as the video progresses, you can clearly witness the exact moment the 'Balm hits with Smith breaking free of that mechanical pattern via some wicked carefree dance moves (check the 2:55 mark of the video).

The rest of the video's cast subsequently break away as well, taking in a friendly tennis match en route to fully escaping the 'day-to-day' anxiety of the human hamster wheel. Truly fascinating imagery created by the video's director, Peter Marsh (also War Party).      

Big final s/o and congrats to Siberian Traps on the new album and music video, can't wait to get our hands on the record this Friday.

Lookie y'all, this was a lost cause from the start, they had me at Lemon Balm ... I like this song.

 Radness gig poster for the album release show - Poster Design by Tony Ferraro 

Radness gig poster for the album release show - Poster Design by Tony Ferraro 

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”

10 Questions Interview - Jacob Furr by Lyle Brooks

Welcome to FWN's 10 Questions Interview. We are honored to have Singer-Songwriter and Synthesizer aficionado, Jacob Furr join us today. 

Last year's brilliant Sierra Madre is available for sale online for 5$ as well as 2014's breathtaking debut, Trails & Traces. --LB

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 Photo Courtesy of Jacob Furr

Photo Courtesy of Jacob Furr

1) With which creatures do you share quarters?

JF: Sadie, my princess pup.

2) Most likely Pop Culture Alien Overlord?  

JF: Ted Nugent.

3) What can't you live without?

JF: New Balance tennis shoes and air conditioning.

4) Ultimate Morning-After Food?

JF: Waffles.

5) Personal Symbol of Freedom?

JF: My car.

Jacob Furr performing the single, Falling Stars from his full-length record Trails & Traces. Download the song and find more at: jacobfurr.bandcamp.com

6) Build a Bridge or Open a Door?

JF: Door. Bridges are a lot of work I've heard. Ain't nobody got time for that.

7) Super Hero Alter Ego?

JF: I'm a batman man myself man.

8. Underdog you Root for most?

JF: The '96 Texas Rangers

9) Given the choice to come back as any animal, which one would you choose?

JF: Dog. Definitely a dog. Who has a better life than dogs?

10) Most important individual with the initials MJ?

JF: Mike Judge.

 Photo Courtesy of Jacob Furr

Photo Courtesy of Jacob Furr

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about the word writer person:

Lyle Brooks sometimes exists as The Flashbulb (IG:@flashbulbtx). Among a plethora of other cool things & happenings, Lyle has fetched water for John Cale, made copies for Morton Subotnick and once lit Jim Jarmusch's cigarette out in front of a Merzbow show. He has eaten Mexican food with Fungi Girls and Italian food with Yells at Eels and documented them both. Tho his vision comes and goes, we are pleased to report his ears are in working order

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: I Like This Song - Jeremiah Jackson's "I Declare" by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

I Like This Song celebrates songs by local bands sans clichéd music journo over-analysis.

The furthest we take the dissection of songs featured here is, well, you guessed it: "I Like This Song." 

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Good luck finding today's featured song anywhere but here!

That's right, Waco-based Jeremiah Jackson's forthcoming single "I Declare" isn't scheduled to be released until June 24th!!! So yea, you're welcome Fort Worthians!

Catch JJ next Saturday, May 27th at Division Brewing in Arlington with Signals & Alibis + FWN interviewees The Phantom Sensation

Music starts at 9pm, full event details posted here.

 Show Poster courtesy of Jeremiah Jackson - Design by Patrick Saikin

Show Poster courtesy of Jeremiah Jackson - Design by Patrick Saikin

 Photo courtesy of Jeremiah Jackson - Photo Credit: Mary Shoemaker

Photo courtesy of Jeremiah Jackson - Photo Credit: Mary Shoemaker

As a former college student that spent years in undeclared purgatory, I truly appreciate the assertive nature of this song. Right from the jump "I Declare" melts faces with galactic Blues guitar riffage layered over an energetic punk rock rhythm section that inspires movement.

In fact, FWN hereby proposes the following nickname for Jeremiah Jackson: Punky Bluester! 

*Dad jokes aside (*not yet, I got one more left in me), we want to congratulate JJ for producing FWN's official Song of Summer and wish them all the best on their upcoming TX/LA tour (check out the awesomely designed tour poster below). 

Without further ado, time to give the people what they want and break this song down FWN-style:

By virtue of the authority vested in me, I declare this song to be ... likable!

 Tour Poster courtesy of Jeremiah Jackson - Album & Tour Poster Art by Matt Ragan

Tour Poster courtesy of Jeremiah Jackson - Album & Tour Poster Art by Matt Ragan

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”

Drummer's Circle: Valenti "Funk" Thomas Talks Solo Record, His Love For Drums & Piano by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

We here at FWN are honored to have Valenti "Funk" Thomas join us today.

One of the Metroplex's most talented drummers (The Effinays, Ronnie Heart) slides into a pair of composer/producer shoes for his newly remastered LP Valenti, due out June 7th via Thomas' own record label Clear Zebra.

You can pre-order your copy of Valenti today on Amazon.

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 Image courtesy of Valenti - Photo Credit: Dennis Webb Jr. 

Image courtesy of Valenti - Photo Credit: Dennis Webb Jr. 

1.      Okay, first off, how in the world do you manage to pull off keys and drums simultaneously? I’m barely capable of halfway yelling backup vocals while drumming much less what you’re able to achieve on your new record Valenti. Is it just a matter of practice, or, without giving away secrets of the trade, what techniques have you developed to make this possible?

V: I grew up playing drums first and then picked up the piano thanks to there being an upright piano at my grandmother’s house.  When I play just they keys, I find myself playing all the bass notes/lines with my left hand and playing chords with my right hand.  When I play them both simultaneously, I have the keyboard set up to my right and play chords and solos which leaves my left hand free for hi-hat and snare work.  I enjoy doing them both at the same time, and it’s a neat party trick (lol).  On my album, I tracked drums, keys and bass guitar (and some rhythm guitar on “More Light”) separately and save the simultaneous drumming and keyboard playing for live shows.

2.    Do you play drums barefoot or with shoes on? If with shoes, what are your "go-to" drumming shoes brand-wise or genre-wise (skate shoes, combat boots, flip-flops, etc.)  

V: That all depends on which band I have a show with.  When I’m playing with The Effinays, I like to wear my Pumas (any one of my many pairs, they all feel like comfy ankle socks).  When I’m jamming with Ronnie Heart, I’m usually suited up and wearing some nice, comfortable dress shoes.    

3.    Double kick pedal ever or nah? 

V: I’m a fan of the single kick pedal.  BUT, I do love seeing a drummer who is very skilled at the double kick/bass perform.

4.      I’ve seen you do your thing as part of The Effinays, how long have you been doing that? I ask because I actually played on a bill with The Effinays back around ’09 in Denton when Bowling For Soup’s Chris Burney was hosting a fucked up version of American Idol. I can’t remember if you were part of the lineup at the time but y’all def. won that competition!

V: Ah neat!  That may have been right before I came aboard.  I joined the band roughly around 2010.  I initially came on as a fill in drummer and that transitioned to a permanent role.  I knew of The Effinays and had numerous conversations with the bass player, Pan Blanco (we use to chat about UFO’s and religion a lot…true story lol) before I joined the band.  I was in a band called People’s Army during The Effinays early years and it seemed that we were always doing shows together.

5.      Speaking of The Effinays, in the advance copy of Valenti we spotted Joe “Big Spook” Martinez in the album credits. How was that experience different for both of you in terms of the songwriting/recording process? What I mean to say is, was it different from producing Effinay songs given this is your personal project or was the process familiar given your strong rapport with Martinez?  

V: Both songs featuring Big Spook (Joe Martinez) are definitely “Effinays material”.  The process was pretty much the same.  Big Spook usually writes the lyrics while the band comes up with the music portion of a song.  I wrote the lyrics for “More Light”, while the “Party Fiesta” lyrics were written by him.  Fun Fact: Joe came to the studio with his composition book ready to record the lyrics he had written for “Party Fiesta”.  They were good lyrics, BUT not what I was looking for or what I was accustomed to coming from him.  With that being said, I then asked him to freestyle the whole thing. And BOOM!  There you have what you hear on “Party Fiesta”.

 Album Cover Art for  Valenti  courtesy of Valenti - Art By: iamshaun.com

Album Cover Art for Valenti courtesy of Valenti - Art By: iamshaun.com

6.    Favorite brand of drumsticks? 

V: I always enjoy a nice, fresh pair of Vic Firth’s, Peter Erskine’s (ball).

7.      On the album I love that right out of the gate you pay homage to your hometown by titling the lead track “Irving/Bear Creek, Texas.” I grew up a hop & skip away in Euless, so I know the area well. How has growing up there influenced your music today?

V: Being raised in Irving/Bear Creek, TX didn’t really influence me musically, but since day one, the community and my former classmates (LOVE you guys!) have always been a big supporter of me and my musical endeavors.  So, every chance I get, I want to mention Irving and/or Bear Creek, TX as a “thank you” for all of their support.

8.    List your three favorite drummers (not necessarily which ones you think are the best, but the ones you like the most, that have influenced your music the most).

V: I grew up listening to Dave Weckl and Dennis Chambers.  I then got off into some John Blackwell (Prince).  There are also several great Dallas drummers that make me want to go home and practice as soon as I get done listening to them.

9.      How old were you when you first started playing music? Did you start on drums or perhaps another instrument? Drums still #1 in your heart or have keys and other elements crept up your rankings?     

V: I was around five when I started to play drums alongside my mother whom was the church pianist.  The drums will always be my 1st love, and then I would put piano at #2 and then bass guitar at #3.  Production and making beats would be a close #1.25 to the drums.  My love for music was before then though.  I can’t remember the exact age, but I recall when I was real young (car seat age), a day when I didn’t want to leave the car until the song I was listening to was done.  If my memory serves me correctly, I vaguely remember that song being either “Good Times Bad Times” – Led Zeppelin or “Heavy” – The Beatles.  I sometimes get mistaken for an athlete, but I’ve always been a self-proclaimed band nerd and enjoy all things music (art related).

10.    Are you one of those drummers that never have a drum key handy or one of those kind that have like three of them on your keychain? Somewhere in-between?

V: In my younger years, I’ll admit I was that under prepared drummer who maybe had a drum key with him.  Now that I’m (supposedly lol) older and wiser, I tend to think like a boy scout and make sure that I’m prepared for any musical situation or equipment mishap.

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”

 

I Like This Song - Majik Taylor's "Hold On, Sanity" by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

I Like This Song celebrates songs by local bands sans clichéd music journo over-analysis.

The furthest we take the dissection of songs featured here is, well, you guessed it: "I Like This Song." 

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Today's featured song is the lead single from Majik Taylor's forthcoming debut LP Bad Facesa Get With It! Records joint flying your way May 12th.

As fate would have it, Majik Taylor is slated to perform this Friday night (May 12th) at Fort Worth's newest venue Main at South Side (aka MASS) with Signals & Alibis + ATX'er Julian Neel.

Music starts at 9pm, full event details posted here.

There's so much magic happening in this Majik Taylor musak vid-yo that we are officially changing our name to David Blaine Noise. Srsly, I already fwd'd the directive to our IT guy. 

Look, we try to hide our bias for everything Get With It! but THEY KEEP MAKING HITS! (More hits than Sony anyways).

I mean, what would you have us do? 

 Get With It! Logo via GWI Facebook Page

Get With It! Logo via GWI Facebook Page

Now, let's see here.. what clever but not-too-clever way can we go about breaking down this song??

Hmm??

Well, Shia doing a pretty great job of it.

Or should we go full Olsen twin?

G.O.B. perhaps??

Not sure which GIF best represents our feelings towards this track, but I do know this: I like this song. 

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”

Lock Your Doors, Here Cometh Brainhole Fest by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

 Brainhole Fest show poster - Image via Brainhole Fest FB Event Page

Brainhole Fest show poster - Image via Brainhole Fest FB Event Page

As we here at FWN shift gears from Fortress Festival back to the local scene we cherish so, let's turn our attention to this weekend and the awesomeness that is Brainhole Fest.

Seriously, this is likely the largest collection of local talent ever assembled in one place. Sammy Kidd, he of local rock squad Mean Motor Scooter, stands as the guilty party responsible for all this fun.

The Fest starts this Friday at Lola's where it runs throughout the entire weekend.

$30 buys you a three-day pass at the door, or single-day tix can be purchased online right here. Full event details can be found here

This past December something caught my eye as I cruised along my FB feed... 

I have always been a fan of Mean Motor Scooter, so anything in their orbit and you can go ahead and consider me interested.

A couple of months went by and I had nearly forgotten about Brainhole Fest. Then this status bomb hit with a headline that read "3 Days. 30 Bands."

OMGeez folks, this Kidd don't play! 30 bands?!!? 

For those that know me, I did my fair share of booking back in the day, so believe me when I say that coordinating an event of this magnitude is quite the undertaking. Big-time kudos to Kidd and co. for pulling it off.

 Pick up your 3-day pass when doors open Friday night at Lola's - Photo via Brainhole Fest FB Event Page

Pick up your 3-day pass when doors open Friday night at Lola's - Photo via Brainhole Fest FB Event Page

Brainhole Fest is an extension of Brainhole Tapes, a new record label recently started by Kidd. If you scope out their page you'll find this excerpt from their bio:

"Brainhole Tapes was founded by Sammy Kidd to establish a way for DFW artists to get their music heard."

At FWN we can completely relate to Kidd's intentions for the new label. We started this website to create another outlet for Fort Worth bands to be heard... period.

We are not paid for this, we do not write advertorials. Not familiar with advertorials you say?  

Now that you know the definition, maybe you will even be able to spot them out in the wild! 

Anywho, getting back on track here; we wanted to honor Kidd's cause at Brainhole Tapes by embedding a song from every single Brainhole Fest artist. This was the most direct approach we could think up to further Kidd's efforts + get you hype for the weekend's festivities.

Before we get to that, we'd like to give one final shout out to Kidd and everyone that's helped make this event happen.  

Enough of the chit-chattin' ... 

FWN Proudly Presents: The Brainhole Fest lineup in audio format !!!

Day 1 - Friday, May 5th

Jeremiah Jackson - 5pm

Signals and Alibis - 6pm

Better Now - 7pm

Hen and the Cocks - 8pm

Kyoto Lo-Fi -9pm

Bellringer - 10pm

The Sex RYNOS - 11pm

The Phantom Sensation - Midnight

Day 2 - Saturday, May 6th

Chillamundo (newly formed band, tunes coming out soon) - 2pm

Caliche Burnout - 3pm

The Confounded - 4pm

House Fire Syndrome - 5pm

The Infamists - 6pm

Dead Words - 7pm

Blands - 8pm

Telemegasounds - 9pm

Dead Mockingbirds - 10pm

I Happy Am - 11pm

Henry the Archer - Midnight

Day 3 - Sunday, May 7th

The Prof. Fuzz 63 - 2pm

Satellite Dream - 3pm

The Fibs - 4pm

Teenage Sexx - 5pm

VVOES - 6pm 

Dome Dwellers - 7pm

Picnic Lightning - 8pm

Loafers - 9pm

Sealion - 10pm

War Party - 11pm

Mean Motor Scooter - Midnight

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”

Holding Down The Fort(ress Festival) by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

 Fortress Festival-goers on The Modern lawn  - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Fortress Festival-goers on The Modern lawn  - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

The inaugural Fortress Festival has come to an end but on Saturday afternoon our "battle" had only just begun.

Here's a look back at FWN's Fortress Festival experience. 

Day 1

The Nissan kicked over (barely) and as I left the house my 4yr old fixed his death stare on me until I turned the corner.

He had good reason to be pissed.

I had been out of town for work the week prior and now that I had returned home here I was the next day leaving again, this time for a weekend stay-cation in the Fort Worth Cultural District.  

I picked up my colleague Daniel Daniel and we made our way towards the unknown (which is exactly what an inaugural music festival is btw.. the unknown). 

First stop? The Modern, to claim our media wristbands. We had arrived rather early and at the time, zero was the amount of minutes that line gave (did I do that right?? idk, just read it back again, still confused af).

However ... by 4pm ... that changed ...

 Wristband pick up at The Modern - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Wristband pick up at The Modern - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Despite the line, the few festival-goers I spoke with said it moved quickly. Additionally, wristbands had been made available for pickup since April 25th. 

So far, so good. 

From there we went to park and found a Farrington Field lot to be ideal. $10 to park and worth every penny. I've parked much much further away at other festivals for much much more money.  

Back at The Modern, Daniel Daniel and I took in the museum as we waited for the doors to open (free admission for festival attendees). DD got locked in on this super rad Katherine Bernhardt painting.   

 Daniel Daniel at The Modern - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Daniel Daniel at The Modern - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

The festival opened with Sam Lao on The Modern floating stage. Despite just opening the doors, a decent crowd filled the lawn, head bobbing to Lao's beats. 

 Sam Lao on The Modern floating stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Sam Lao on The Modern floating stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

From there we thought we'd give "the walk" a try. "The walk" being the walk between The Modern stage and the Will Rogers stage. 

At first it took a bit of doing to navigate the walk. The fine folks at Fortress Festival provided maps and on-site signage but many of us on that first walk between stages had a hard time determining the critical path.  

After completing it once however, everyone we had spoken with seemed to have it dialed in.

And look, it wasn't all that far either. I heard some complaints, but in my view you're either grasping for something to complain about or you simply haven't attended that many music festivals.

Like, have y'all ever attended a fest at Zilker in ATX? Or any of the major fests in California? That's a lot of walking. 

Plus, I mean, you kind of cruised along this scenic path that weaved behind the Kimbell Art Museum.

I know they had plans to make the stages closer together, but I still considered this a win, especially for a first time fest. 

 The path between the two stages - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

The path between the two stages - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

See! We caught Lao AND still made it in time for Blue, The Misfit.

Throughout the weekend it worked out this way for other instances of artist overlap between the two stages. We did not see every band at Fortress Festival but we could have made it happen if we were so inclined.   

 Blue, The Misfit. doin' Blue, The Misfit. things on the Will Rogers stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Blue, The Misfit. doin' Blue, The Misfit. things on the Will Rogers stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Next up we decided to stroll down vendor lane and scope the festival's wares. 

Pan Ector Industries carried a couple different limited Fortress Festival t-shirt designs. Choose the design, the t-shirt style and your favorite color, and voila!  

 Pan Ector Industries printin' it up - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Pan Ector Industries printin' it up - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Next up was Mama P's Wholesome Grinding Co. There we met "Papa Grind" Marc Wein and crew.

Marc knew more about pipes than Mario Bros. ya dig? Seriously, this guy was a savant.

If you are ever in the market, be sure to check them out on location at their Spicewood Smoke Shoppe or peruse their vast online store

 "Papa Grind" Marc Wein droppin' knowledge bombs - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson 

"Papa Grind" Marc Wein droppin' knowledge bombs - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson 

The guys from Windfall Clothing had a tv with Super Smash Bros. cued up (needless to say the Smash Bros. piqued our interest). Their designs were better than the Smash Bros., and coming from me, that says A LOT about their craftsmenship.

 Windfall reeled us in with Super Smash Bros. - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Windfall reeled us in with Super Smash Bros. - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Last but not least on vendor row we just HAD to take a FWN family portrait on-board the Folsom Photo Bus.

The guys that operated the photo bus set it up proper and left us with perhaps our favorite memento from this past weekend's festivities.

Highly recommend checking Folsom out on Facebook or IG

After all that walking and talking we decided we better cool down with a Juiceland treat. 

I like juice and smoothies as much as the next guy but it's not something I'm passionate about or anything.

But if you don't mind, allow me a moment to clearly express my feelings regarding these tasty juice-a-licious concoctions: 

YUMMMYYY! YUMMMYYY! YUMMMYYY! 

[one more time for posterity]

YUMMMYYY!

These tasted so good I asked a friend of ours to give them the pro treatment!

Look, I'm somewhat decent with a camera, but these juicy delights deserved better than "somewhat decent." They deserved a professional.

Feast your eyes Fort Worthians!

 Juiceland yum-yums - Photo Credit: Annie Nelson 

Juiceland yum-yums - Photo Credit: Annie Nelson 

The rest of the day we stuck to the Will Rogers stage where we took in Houndmouth, Flying Lotus and Run The Jewels back-to-back-to-back. 

 Houndmouth under the neon on Will Rogers stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Houndmouth under the neon on Will Rogers stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Flying Lotus followed by Run The Jewels made for what in my estimation was the best three consecutive hours of the weekend.

Flylo's beats and synced up visual showcase hypnotized everyone around me in the swelling main stage crowd. 

RTJ dominated the Will Rogers crowd right after, performing all their hits with an infectious stage presence that's helped made them so popular. 

Here's a peek but be sure to peep our full RTJ photo gallery here

 RTJ slayin' the Will Rogers stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

RTJ slayin' the Will Rogers stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Did some work on the desktop when I arrived home then finally dozed off around 2AM when I came to this realization: "Holy cows and calves, there's a Day 2!!"

Day 2

Day 2 carried with it a different objective entirely for me. The sun was out and my camera was out; today's focus was on the bands and taking photos of their performances. 

We parked in the same lot, paid the same $10 and didn't look back.

Between the two of us we've seen Topic like a hundred times so given the imbalance of our time split between the two stages on Day 1 we decided to camp out at The Modern stage for Sudie, followed by Golden Dawn Arkestra.

 Sudie doin' work - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Sudie doin' work - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

 Golden Dawn Arkestra danced under the sun at The Modern - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Golden Dawn Arkestra danced under the sun at The Modern - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

After soaking up some rays, we made our way back to Will Rogers in time to catch local good ol' boys Quaker City Night Hawks.

The guys looked good on the big stage; of course it's nothing new for them but after only catching them live at a local venues, this made for my first time seeing them at a major festival on a stage this big.

They crushed it.   

 QCNH shook the Will Rogers stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

QCNH shook the Will Rogers stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats followed up Quaker City Night Hawks on the Will Rogers stage and lemme tell ya, the ironic juxtaposition of these two bands on the schedule was not lost on me...

Night Hawks or Night Sweats?? Why not both?! A night hawk with night sweats if you will. Sold!   

Dad jokes aside, NRATNS grooved up that stage like somebody's business!

For more NRATNS photos, check the link I mentioned earlier.

We acquired more tasty treats from Juiceland then quickly cut back to The Modern to snap a few pics of Alvvays before hustling back to the ol' Willy Rogers stage as to ensure our attendance for Slowdive. 

 Alvvays treading water on the Modern stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Alvvays treading water on the Modern stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

En route to Will Rogers we bumped into Robby and Jen Rux from Dreamy Life; they had come to catch Slowdive's set. We decided to join forces and together we took in one of the best performances of the weekend.

What was it like you ask? I can't describe it.

Okay, okay. I'll try (kind of)...

Slowdive played Slowdive songs, and the band Slowdive writes really really good songs. The insane stage visuals enhanced what was already destined to be an awesome performance.

Complete Slowdive photo gallery over at the before-mentioned and ever-lingering photo jump.

 Slowdive nearly shoe-gazed us to death from the Will Rogers stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Slowdive nearly shoe-gazed us to death from the Will Rogers stage - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

In making my way back in time for Peter Hook & The Light at The Modern, I once again demonstrated that talk of "the walk" had been overblown. 

ICYMI: FWN'er, Flashbulb'er and all-around badass good dude Lyle Brooks interviewed Peter Hook for Fort Worth Noise back in early April. At one point in the interview Hook relayed to Brooks that they'd be playing Joy Division and New Order songs as part of their Fortress Festival performance.  

I was thinking back to the interview when on cue Hook announced their next song as "Ceremony," a Joy Division fave. The audience let out a collective audible sigh of "HOLY SHIT! DID HE JUST SAY 'CEREMONY??'"

I think this was my favorite moment of Hook's set, that moment the fans realized they'd be getting some Joy Division and New Order action tonight.

Full Peter Hook gallery over at this relentless stalker-esque link!

Purity Ring is amazing and all but tbh I enjoyed the entirety of Peter Hook's set then parked myself in The Modern lobby until Daniel Daniel met up with me again.

I was weeding out photos from my digi camera viewer when I looked up to see DD with a Fortress Festival-sized smile on his face. It was time to call it a weekend.

Looking Ahead

Fortress Festival ruled y'all, it's that simple.

And while I may have added the qualifier earlier that this indeed was the inaugural year of the fest, it didn't feel that way at all.

From the magnitude of the acts booked to the fun and friendly vendors, to the visual aesthetics and overall aptitude of the festival's organizers, Fortress Festival felt like a surly veteran of the festival game.  

Certainly lessons can always be learned and any good fest organizer must always be looking for ways to improve year-over-year; that said, Fortress Festival proved to be a fort worth fighting for.

Until next year Fort Worthians, 

Xoxo,

FWN

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”