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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

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.”

 

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.”

Fortress Festival Interview - Peter Hook by Lyle Brooks

Today we are extremely honored to have Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order, Peter Hook & The Light) talk to us about his experience playing synths, his favorite places to visit on tour, and BONUS ALERT: we got the scoop on what to expect from his upcoming Fortress Festival performance!

We'd also like to welcome Lyle Brooks, who sometimes exists as The Flashbulb (IG:@flashbulbtx) to the FWN family. Tho his vision comes and goes, we are pleased to report his ears are in working order

For tix and more info on Fortress Festival, click here.

UPDATE (05/01/2017): FWN captured live performance photos of Peter Hook & The Light's mystifying Fortress Festival performance! Scroll to the end of the interview to view the gallery. Enjoy! 

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Image via Peter Hook & The Light Facebook Page - Courtesy James Masters

Image via Peter Hook & The Light Facebook Page - Courtesy James Masters

1. Speaking from personal experience, your bass work was a major influence on many adolescents who obtained bass guitars. Repeating tracks, I'd hope to glean an invisible force beneath the bass lines. What were the sounds you sought when you set out playing? 

Well at first I didn't really have a plan & did not really set out to do anything - I didn't even know what a bass guitar was! But we worked very hard to master our instruments and I eventually began to develop a way of playing that I felt was a bit more interesting than what I'd heard from other bass players. I really liked to play high up the neck which was quite novel & Ian Curtis in particular encouraged me to keep doing that. It became my calling card so to speak - I found certain guitars and certain pedals that allowed me to further develop that sound and I have stuck with them ever since.

2. What were your first experiences with synths? How would you say the instrument most impacted music making for you? 

It took a while to get to grips with them to be honest - especially when compared to Bernard and Steve who were a lot more technologically minded than I was - I was the guy who just wanted to rock out on the guitars all the time! But eventually I got my head around it all and was able to contribute plenty of ideas on synths and sequencers as well as on the bass. It all had a big impact on our music as you can tell when you listen to early New Order tracks when compared to tracks from 10 or 15 years later.

3. So great to hear these songs again with fresh life behind them, was there much fuss from the die-hard loyalists about The Light's versions?

It was weird because a lot of the criticism which we received was before we even started playing - people were saying that I shouldn't be doing it & that it wasn't right without the others. But then when we started playing and people could see that we did a good job and showed the songs the care and respect that they deserved, it all got a lot easier. And now after 7 years of touring with The Light I would like to think that everyone knows how good a job we do and we have been very successful all around the world.

4. How has the experience been like working with the Classical Hacienda project? 

It's been a very difficult thing to put together just because it's very hard to achieve that perfect marriage between dance music and classical music. It's also very hard from an organisational standpoint simply because there are so many people involved - 70 in the orchestra and what feels like 70 more on the crew. But it has been a great experience to see how all those people work, the musicians are amazing, and it's been a very rewarding one because all of the shows so far have been great.

5. Any new cities you've discovered on this tour? Favorite spots to return? 

I'm always excited to still be visiting new places - it's amazing to go somewhere new after 40 years of touring as a musician. A couple of years ago we made it to Mongolia to play at a festival which was amazing, a great experience. And it was with the Light that I also made it to other places for the first time too - Israel, Russia, Chile, China... It has been great to take the music all around the world again. I am always keen to return everywhere!

6. Can fans expect performances from any particular records or will you survey both New Order and Joy Division? Does a version of "Tokyo Joe" ever make its way into a set list? 

Well at the moment at headline shows on this tour we are playing both Substance albums by Joy Division & New Order in full, it's almost a 3 hour show! But at the festival in Fort Worth we have just been asked to play a bit of everything, from both bands, which to be honest is probably better to do at a festival. We'll be playing all the hits! As for Tokyo Joe no we have never played that one but who knows! It's a killer bassline...

7. Five years on, how has the Music Industry Management & Promotion Programme at Central Lancashire fared? Brilliant Idea, I'm curious if other you've seen other institutions developing similar concentrations? 

I'm very proud of the programme and was delighted to be asked to become involved. The staff at the University and Tony Rigg in particular have done a fantastic job. The students enjoy the course and it gives them hands on experience in the music industry which is great. The numbers of people enrolling in the course keeps increasing every year which is a great credit.

Fortress Festival is right around the corner!!

Fortress Festival is right around the corner!!

UPDATE (5/1/2017): Fort Worth Noise's Prewitt Scott-Jackson snapped some photos of Peter Hook & The Light's Fortress Festival performance! (click thumbnail to enlarge)

Peter Hook & The Light perform at Fortress Festival - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Peter Hook & The Light perform at Fortress Festival - Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

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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

 

A Few Possibilities for the Fortress Festival Announcement Tomorrow by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Image via FortressFestival.com

Image via FortressFestival.com

Whoa-MG! Happy Valentine's Day to us.

Yesterday the social media accounts for Fortress Festival promised a big announcement set to detonate this Wednesday, Feb. 15th...

Posted yesterday on Fortress Festival's Facebook

Posted yesterday on Fortress Festival's Facebook

Posted yesterday on Fortress Festival's Twitter

Posted yesterday on Fortress Festival's Twitter

At FWN we proudly specialize in speculation, hype and delusion; subsequently we'll be following through on all of the above with news of yesterday's tease.

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Who? What? When? Where? How? Somebody throw us a bone here!

It's cool. We got you.

Here's a few possibilities for the Fortress Festival announcement tomorrow:

1. "I feel just like a local god when I'm with the boys"

My gut and my heart are telling me there's goin' to be a another local act added to the lineup. Ya know? Like, a big one. Toadies, Leon Bridges, DRD, something of that ilk.   

Deathray Davies could be a sweet addition to Fortress Festival - Image via DRD's Facebook Page

Deathray Davies could be a sweet addition to Fortress Festival - Image via DRD's Facebook Page

2. "Blame it on the rain, yeah yeah"

A SPECIAL FORTRESS FESTIVAL TASK FORCE HAS UNCOVERED MILLI VANILLI REALLY DID SING ON GIRL YOU KNOW IT'S TRUE ... CLEARING THEIR NAME AND CLEARING THE WAY FOR A MOST EPIC COMEBACK VIA LIVE PERFORMANCE ON THE FORTRESS FESTIVAL STAGE!!!*

*so one of the 'illis passed away and I'm roughly 100000% certain they did NOT sing on that record.. but eff it, one can dream

I want both these hats btw

I want both these hats btw

3. "Yeahhhhhhhhhhh boyyyyyyyyyyyy!"

This festival deserves a hype man, a herald, an emcee!!!

Bring on Andrew W.K. or Bernie Sanders! Or maybe that Texas Law Hawk lawyer kid, or that dude Gallagher that smashes watermelons.

Anyone, truly, I'll take any of 'em.

Gallagher as Fortress Festival Master of Ceremonies? Sign. Us. Up.

Gallagher as Fortress Festival Master of Ceremonies? Sign. Us. Up.

So there you have it, three seriously realistic possibilities in play for tomorrow's announcement.

*fills out application to Clairvoyant College* 

UPDATE: So... we received a form rejection letter from Clairvoyant College - apparently, we suck at this. On Wednesday, Feb. 15th Fortress Festival released the daily schedule and began the sale of single day tickets.

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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), Prairie Schooner (University of Nebraska Press) 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 - Animal Spirit's "Doom Surf" 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 and accompanying music video comes from Animal Spirit and their soon-to-be-released album "This is Relevant," due out in February.

New music from this wondrous Fort Worth band started my 2017 on the right foot when they released the above vid for "Doom Surf" this past New Year's Day.    

If this track is a harbinger of what's to come, get stoked about their new record Fort Worthians.

Wait for it. Wait for it.

#Wait4It

*waiting*

*still waiting*

*ok, this is getting ridiculous*

I.

like.

this.

song.

Image via Animal Spirit's Facebook Page

Image via Animal Spirit's Facebook Page

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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), Prairie Schooner (University of Nebraska Press) 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 - Tripping Daisy's "My Umbrella" 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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Surely you've heard the news by now but Tripping Daisy is back y'all!!!

Per the band's social media pages on Jan. 4th, The Daisy are set to perform at this year's Homegrown Music & Arts Festival May 13th, 2017.

All the feels + happy face emoji x holy meerkat(!) because I will be seeing Tripping Daisy on stage once again in this lifetime.

It's been nearly 18 years since they performed under the Tripping Daisy moniker. To give you an idea, this is what I looked like last time I saw Tripping Daisy live ...

When their album Bill re-released on Island Records and my ears first set upon that otherworldly opening track "My Umbrella," it changed my outlook on what local D/FW bands were capable of, it gave me a great sense of pride to say, "That's right, this band is from my hometown." 

And now, in 2017, after a year's worth of shit bad news, they're back. Praise Saint DeLaughter, they're back.

Prekindle has tix for sale here.

One last thing: I like this song.

Image via Good Records Twitter Page

Image via Good Records Twitter Page

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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), Prairie Schooner (University of Nebraska Press) 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.”

Sound Advice - What Band Merch Should We Sell? by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

This is FWN's 'Dear Abby' column: musicians send us questions, we post them with answers and a fun made-up pseudonym.

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Dear FWN,

Our band needs merch to sell and before we make this kind of investment we thought it wise to ask the band oracle. Stevie really likes the idea of putting our name on a Shake Weight® or a Snuggie® but idk, what says you?   

Thanks and stuff,

Dream Apple Moon III Esq.  

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Dear Dream Apple,

For starters, please tell Stevie to find a new weed dealer.  

You see, it’s been established since the beginning of Rock, that Music, Sticker and T-Shirt constitute the Holy Trinity of Merch.

1. Stickers aren’t necessarily merch per se as you should be handing these out for free. Always. For. Free.

Stickers are Promotion’s middle name. There is no surface in Funkytown where your sticker should NOT be stuck (except for covering over another band’s sticker; never do that, it’s a total dick move). Unless of course said band once... showed up late for load-in, failed to backline, took 20 minutes to mic check and reduced your set time by more than 60%. In that case, sure, cover it up.

2. T-Shirts are an absolute-freaking must. T-Shirts are Promotion’s surname because like surnames they last FOREVER because people nostalgically hang on to them FOREVER because even though it's just a name (or t-shirt as it were) people for some reason assign much more value to it than it's actually worth. Hell, even when they outgrow the t-shirt it gets passed on to the younger generations in their family and by geez, the younger generations wear that t-shirt because "vintage" band t-shirts are never not super cool. Henceforth, even in death, your band will be promoted by purchaser of your t-shirt. 

Also, if you want to actually experience success selling the t-shirts, buy black t-shirts.

3. Music because, like, duh? Ya gotta produce a record and ya gotta package it as a record. Whether you package it digitally online or print physical copies, you must sell the record for actual money. Give away ten t-shirts for all I care but sell your record for actual money or exchange.

It’s a principle that’s nearing extinction but simply put: musicians should be paid for their music. It's important.   

If you can sell a truckload of records and t-shirts first D.A., then by all means, tell Stevie to fire off that Shake Weight® order. 

Regretfully yours,

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), Prairie Schooner (University of Nebraska Press) 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 - Missing Sibling's "Color Inside The Lines" 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 comes from Missing Sibling's recently released self-titled record that hit stores in April 2016 via Idol Records.

A quick aside, Missing Sibling may be my favorite band name of all-time.

Without further ado ... I like this song.  

Image via Missing Sibling Facebook

Image via Missing Sibling Facebook

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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), Prairie Schooner (University of Nebraska Press) 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.”

Sound Advice - What's the Best Way to Come Up with a Band Name? by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

This is FWN's 'Dear Abby' column: musicians send us questions, we post them with answers and a fun made-up pseudonym.

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Dear FWN,

Just formed a new band but we are seriously struggling to come up with a solid band name. What's the best way to come up with a band name?

xoxo,

Mic McAwesometown

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Hi Mic,

Great question. Like most things in life there are two ways to approach this common band conundrum: the easy way, and the hard way. 

The easy way is, well, it's easy. There are many band name generator websites out there that are capable of providing ass-kicking band names in a matter of nanoseconds.

Try bandnamemaker.com - I did, just now. I typed in the word Wolf and voila! Insta-results included Wolf Steak, Tax of the Wolf Cabbage, Wolf Spouse, Wolf Pasta & Unborn Wolf of the Edible Tomorrow.

The hard way involves much more preparation and dedication. As it were, this advice column aims to please so I will break it down into 5 simple steps:

1. Procure enough Peyote for the entire band to get comfortably shit-wasted.

2. Procure reliable vehicle that can make the drive out to the West Texas desert.

3. Fast for three days prior to making the trip.

4. Upon arrival, find the most desolate location imaginable and consume said Peyote.

5. Just wait for it.

Hope this helps Mic, appreciate the question.

Regretfully yours,

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), Prairie Schooner (University of Nebraska Press) 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.”

Where The West (Categorically) Begins: The Steve Gnash Experience by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Fort Worth’s Steve Gnash and Dreamy Life Records release Gnash's eponymous debut record Friday Dec. 2nd at The Boiled Owl Tavern w/ Son of Stan and Same Brain. Gearing up for the big event I look back at my first Steve Gnash experience hoping to offer a glimpse of what to expect on Friday.

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It’s November and I’m tired. Really really tired and … ABSOLUTELY ENTHRALLED because Steve Gnash, per our Twitter interaction Nov. 7th, has agreed to give me unfettered access to his Nov. 9th show at The Live Oak in Fort Worth.

Twitter Screenshot courtesy of Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Twitter Screenshot courtesy of Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Flash forward two days, my Uber drops me off at The Live Oak. Not just any Uber, but like, honestly, the most cerebral Cinderella carriage-like Uber ride of the century. An omen of the night to come?

I’m early. Not just tonight, but always. Sipping cheap beer to numb my anxiousness, kill my nerves. Any second now and Steve Gnash was gonna walk through that door.

Then he did.

A light surrounds him. No, a halo. A halo of sunflower sunrays that scream “MAGIC!!” This guy is a certified Pop god.

An entourage follows: Two photographers, his manager, his driver, his personal nutrionist, an intimidating security guard, a sex bonfire of a backing band and an apple cart worth of adoring fans.  

My pen starts shaking in my hand. My blank notebook stares at me with grave doubt. Gnash immediately recognizes me as part of the press and precedes to one-hand-catch my dazed expression taking it back to the end zone for ‘6’ [sits down next to me in my mafia-inspired booth inside the Live Oak bar].

His entourage follows suit, filling up the entirety of the booth before I can blink. I’m enveloped by this sense I’ve been absorbed into his orbit. A star and his planets.

Initially, nothing is said to me. Logistics discussed amongst the group such as “How many plates of free nachos are we entitled to?” and “I can confirm I have the Nag Champa and the champagne Mr. Gnash,” etc.

I interject with my first, and as it would turn out, my only question of the evening, “So, Gnash, what were you doing prior to arriving tonight? I guess what I mean to say is … What does Steve Gnash do when nobody is looking?”

“There’s always someone looking at Gnash,” his manager Hollywood Jones quips.

Steve Gnash and Manager Hollywood Jones – Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Steve Gnash and Manager Hollywood Jones – Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

After a chasmic pause Gnash finally speaks, modestly answering “Reading someone’s cards.”

“Like Tarot cards?”

“Yes.”

“Whose cards would that be?”  

“The psychic at the gas station off 1900 block on Hemphill St.”

A halo of sunflower sunrays I tell ya, a halo of sunflower sunrays!

The entourage shifts towards the green room located backstage at ‘The Oak.’ I try to nudge my way in but Hollywood Jones puts a kibosh on that. Despite Jones restricting my green room access, Gnash offers me a pity pull from his champagne bottle. Would you pass on a pull of the philosopher’s stone? I think not.

Green Room Access Denied – Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Green Room Access Denied – Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Being turned away, I head outside. A healthy portion of the backing band congregates on the loading dock, this includes lead bass guitarist (Tha) Mista Deezy. Mista Deezy specializes in having fun and serves as the most talented musician of the backing band. Besides providing lead bass, Tha Deezy doubles as lead backup vocalist.

Deezy refused my interview, but not in an “I’m the best musician here” kind of way, ‘twas more of an “I can’t disrupt my pre-game mojo but I hope you understand” kind of way.

Tha Mista Deezy (pictured right ) Pre-Gaming Prior to The Show – Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Tha Mista Deezy (pictured right ) Pre-Gaming Prior to The Show – Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Back in the main auditorium the audience sits inauspiciously waiting for something their minds are incapable of conceiving. I scan their brain pans with my deft telepathic skills to hear a collective “Just another wispy Fort Worth singer-songwriter.”

The band’s sheer show of force strikes down this ridiculous notion with a masterful opening performance of the hit single “Sprung;” a track that has since been world premiered by 96.7 FM on the Local Ticket Show w/ Mark.  

The Steve Gnash Experience in Full Swing – Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

The Steve Gnash Experience in Full Swing – Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

From there, the band dives into “Coughdrops,” a track I have heard before thanks to my advanced copy of the record. “Coughdrops” incites the audience to MOVE. And MOVE they did!

Mista Deezy Feelin’ the “Coughdrops” – Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Mista Deezy Feelin’ the “Coughdrops” – Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

The remainder of the set sways seamlessly from song to song with nary an interruption aside from a moment of exuberant prayer in dedication to Pop goddess Britney Spears.

Gnash Praying at The Alter of Britney – Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Gnash Praying at The Alter of Britney – Photo Credit: Prewitt Scott-Jackson

The besiegement of sexy sound lingered, fluttering about the Live Oak’s microsphere for minutes upon the set’s conclusion. Nobody speaks. The audience, they sit in silent stupefaction as time ticks by until finally an uproarious applause ignites nearly burning down the red velvet stage curtains that have since been shuttered.

As I left the venue, the same dazed expression as before falls upon my face only this time the daze consists of wonderment and achievement not that of nerves and anxiety.

For once in my life, the planet of Me has a star. Whether I’ll ultimately catalogue as an insignificant dwarf ice planet or a gas giant such as Jupiter, being tethered to Steve Gnash’s sun gives me a boundless sense of purpose because either way I am now embedded in his orbit.

Well, until my Uber ride back home arrives anyway.

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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), Prairie Schooner (University of Nebraska Press) 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.”