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State Champs and snowy weather - my final installment for now
- Subject: State Champs and snowy weather - my final installment for now
- From: Tara Lee Wittchen <tlwittch\!/acs.ucalgary.ca>
- Date: Sun, 07 May 1995 11:33:54 -0600 (MDT)
Well, to continue with my little rock n' roll story...Seeing as how we
did not get home til about 4 am (after Shant, Katrina, Adam, James and I
hit pizza corner - this spot in hfx with like three pizza joints on the
corners of each street ($2 for a HUGE slice) - after the hardship post
gig and mucho dancing) the next day (saturday) did not begin until about
1 pm. James tried his best to wake me up. Didn't work. Anyway, we finally
rolled into Halifax's peninsula (downtown) at about 3 pm. TIRED AS ALL
We went straight to the MURDERecords offices to meet up with my interview
subjects for the day, Charles Austin and Drew Yamada of the superfriendz.
Oh....did I mention it was POURING rain and freezing? What's up with that???
So we were hanging around for a little while and Charles and Drew both
asked questions about Sloan Net so I tried to tell them what it was sorta
about and then I told them the story about when Tara Da Costa was telling
Chris Murphy about it and he goes "oh so do you talk about who I sleep
with too???" and Tara's friend goes "oh yes all the time" and Chris
freaked even though that was *obviously* a joke. So I was telling this to
them and Drew goes "Yeah, but Chris would probably like it if he knew you
talked about who he slept with" and right then and there Chris walked in
the office with Matt Murphy. OOOOOOPS!!!! Drew and I just giggled and
went OH MY GOD!!! It was pretty funny.
We decided to go get lunch while doing the interview. Let me tell ya,
those three guys are just about theeee nicest interview subjects ever.
The tape recorder marc gave me from CKDU was a *little* tricky to figure
out but thanks to BAchelor of JOurnalism recipient Matt Murphy, we
figured it out finally. Look for them on tour soon and their new CD
should be out (with 14 songs) in June.
After we ate, we went back to the Murderecords office and on the bottom
floor of that building, they were filming the new Hardship Post video for
that song that I think is called "watching you" - at least the chorus
goes "but I can't standing watching you - ooo wooo hoooo!" There appear
to be lots of mirrors in it. Matt said they were hoping to one day do a
"Deliverance" style video (h.post I mean). :) Heh heh....
They all had to go practice so we said bye to Matt, Charles, Drew, and
that Chris guy.
Drove around in the rain for a while, took Marc over to a friends' house
so he could study his Bible or continue his charity work or something
equally good. ;)
(oh man, I'm in trouble for that....)
We stopped at former listmanagerboy Scott's house. What a wicked
place....we listened to Eric's Trip _Love Tara_ while it rained and
slowly started to snow. OH and Michael Graham, the photographer guy was
with us, too.
It started to really come down by this time, 7 pm or so. Mike Catano
called and invited James and I over for dinner with the State Champs
before their gig. MmmmMMMMmmmmm he even made homemade cookies. :) :)
I got to play (well, hold and touch the strings more like it) one of
Chris Murphy's old basses (bass'? Hmmmmm....) downstairs at Mike's place.
It was cool, I guess. Mike has a big Kearney Lake Road roadsign.
Hilarious. Oh and a grey cat called "grey".
We drove Mike and some equipment over to the Oasis so they could have
their sound check and then went back home to put on our DRY clothes. Did
I mention it snowed so much that the door at James' house wouldn't open
at first? Ridiculous, I can't believe this weather....It's still freakin'
The gig itself was great. State Champs in my humble yet oh so correct
opinion ;) are probably Halifax's greatest unknown band, although people
do know about them. I guess I should say they're probably Halifax's least
appreciated GOOD band. Man, I can't believe how much they exceeded my
expectations. They make the most excellent transitions in songs, it's
unbelievable. WICKED guitar playing, just unbelievable. Yes, I'm helping
to put out a 7'' by them, but man....if they didn't have the worst
freaking luck ever, I"m sure they'd be total rock snobs to us all. ;)
For those who care, celeb's in attendance last night - Patrick Pentland,
Jay Ferguson (who returned the fouret string quartet version of
Lemonzinger to me - he just loves it he says and he ended up playing it
for some people like Matt Murphy), Chris Murphy, Catherine STockhausen,
Peter Rowan (but he puts on the Saturday shows at the Oasis), Matt Murphy.
***note to all slack ass musician types - SEE???? you should have gotten
your tapes in sooner, so I could play them for the band. Jay said the
version of lemonziner was "AMAZING!" and he took it home and dubbed it
for himself even tho he's gonna buy a copy of the tape when it's done.
The Oasis is a totally lame bar, I think. AFter State Champs played they
recieved $20. Ooooh. Then they pulled out some mineral water they had
purchased at a store since they didn't have a bar tab and this guy takes
it away and says "hey we sell drinks here" and they said "you wouldn't
bring food into a restaurant, would you?" TOTALLY LAME. They also tried
to throw away some of the Prizewinner zines I was leaving out for people
to take. WhatEVER! Nice murals....OH and note to marc - you missed a
great show, you fool. :) :)
Thee Suddens were cool, but I dunno if these two bands complemented each
other...Thee Suddens are 100% cheese rock (but fun and cool!) while State
Champs are so much more than just a pavement ripoff band ;) - James says
"wine makes us" nearly brought tears to his eyes. Hey, you guys, you rule!!!
If you live in the NOrtheast States, ask them about their upcoming tour.
They play the Middle East sometime in Boston, so yay!
After the gig, Jon, Mark, and Andy took off for some bar (thanks ya
jerks!!! ;) ) and James, Roderick AFfleck (totally nice guy, what a
joker... :) ), Catano and myself went to the Apple Barrel, which is
sorta a 24 hours food joint. Lots of drunk middle aged losers. Cool. We
had a great time making fun of a lot of things and the humor was quite
scatological at first. We played this lame little game where we took the
name of albums or bands and tried to Catano-ize them (ie/ put the word
SHIT in them a la rhymes with shit or whatever...). Some of the good ones
(whatever) included: "The Shit Album" (the beatles), the shit puppets
(yes the meat puppets), and of course, "SHIT" which could be used to
apply to any one word album title. :) Ok ok it was late.... :) :)
We stayed there for about 3 hours and let me just tell you, these three
guys were just a lot of fun. Oh and I should repeat it for anyone who
still has their doubts, Catano is not evil, he's just way too sassy for
his own good. ;) He's really been quite nice to me so I'll just leave it
at that. Andy and Mark are both pretty quiet guys, especially compared to
catano and Jon - Jon is just far too hilarious for words. What a great guy.
I wish I had more time to hang with these guys, I really think they're
fun. OH well, lucky for them I'll be back. ;)
Well, that's about it for me kids. I've got to hit the road, it's off to
three weeks of no email or english music. Eeep.
To anyone here in Hell/Darkness that I didn't get to say bye to, I love
you all. :) You're all way too nice. :) :) See ya in three weeks.
All of my e-friends not here in Hell - please write me snail mail. Ask
James for details.
See ya all later, have a good "summer" (THIS is summer???? IT's freakin'
live on location
"stick around for a while
listen to my thoughts
it makes you smile..."
LISTEN - Eric's Trip