All at once…
It’s always fun to check out a new area band, especially when it has people in it that you know but not that well. You really don’t know what to expect, and it’s fun to wait around until the band takes the stage and breaks into its first number.
For example, I got to the Pub for college night last Thursday and there was a band playing called All At Once who are being managed by someone that everyone knows, Cody Magana. So, he tells me they are a cover band and worth checking out. So, then I go to chat with the guys from Dr. Philgood, because they are the headlining band, and they haven’t heard the band either, but they also know some of the guys in the band.
Time out. So, how is this for an idea for a band? The new group’s guitar player and manager (from All at Once) are former members of A Formal Affair. Wouldn’t it be neat to form a band from the former members of a local band that’s been around for a while looking for the right musicians. Or, you could combine former musicians from two area bands and do that. The new band could call themselves the guys who used to be “ / “ or whatnot and then play music that would be different or a blend or something.
Anywho, the All at Once guys hit the stage and are a nice solid cover band that did all sorts of things ranging from Rick Springfield to the Foo Fighters. I really liked the drummer and think they should start writing some material and see what comes of it.
The thing is that bands never know until they try and listeners never really know until they wait for the band to play. And then there’s waiting for a band to get to where they are going or at least the outstanding points along the way.
For example, I have been listening to Dr. Philgood back when they were a duo at Vincent’s, and then they became a trio. And then they got Steve-o Welch fresh from John Henry Vs. The Machine and then things really started moving for them. But, as many ways as they’ve sounded over the years, they still find new sounds, and I was surprised to hear some new things from them on Thursday. They played some new songs with some new twists, and they just keep coming together in different new ways. Steve-o is singing more but that’s energizing singer Chris Roberson that much more. And, when did Mike Daly get that good on the bass, and I think the same can be said for Phil’s drumming. The band surprised me last night with their energy and their fresh attitude, and that they can still do that after having been together for so many years.
On my way out the door, I ran into Rusty Holcomb –lead singer and guitar player for Lycergus–and we talked about bands in Wichita Falls and how some continue to get better. It really seems to come down to not wanting to make it that big. When you don’t put all of your eggs in one basket, you are less likely to compromise your music to appeal to the lowest common denominator. Anyone over the age of 25–unless they are super original, wealthy and great songwriters–are not likely to hit it big. Lycergus and bands like Dr. Philgood don’t seem to care about becoming millionaires through their music. It’s all about playing and enjoying it, and it certainly shows onstage and in their albums, and it’s kind of brilliant.