Carter: On the way

On the way

Richard Carter

As a follow-up to my last week’s blog about the imprisonment of two female punk rockers in Russia, the leader of the nation publicly defended the two-year imprisonment sentences in hard labor camps.  He also made a comment that they could be doing housework at home had they not chosen to do their protests. It will be interesting to see the reaction from musicians around the world. Of course, the difference is that these punk rockers in Russia do not have a record deal and were sort of real punk rockers.

A lot has happened over the last week. Jeff Catlin of The Affiliation handed me a copy of the band’s new EP, and let me tell you it’s fun and it rocks. Recorded with original guitarist Kristin Mask before he went off to Berkeley for school, the EP features some absolutely blistering leads. Normally, a band would re-record a CD when they lose a member, but they used the original gang of guys and I like that.

Jeff told me that when Tyson Arnold moved to guitar that they had to change everything up, and it’s fun to listen to the dynamic change. Both sets of guitarists are really good, and I look forward to hearing how the band will develop with the current lineup. I understand they will be opening up for Radio Republic on November 23 at the Pub and I suggest attending that show. Radio Republic should be close to having its new CD out and the show should rock.

Speaking of Radio Republic, they have had a new drummer for a while now, Mike Hardison and recently his other band The Minor Prophets called it quits after some time together. I know that their recently added members Aaron Epp and Charles Harlow had been doing a lot of writing, so it’s a shame they didn’t get to play all of those new songs.

I chatted with Stephen Welch tonight and he is putting on the finishing touches to his newest solo project. His last solo EP was quiet and mostly acoustic guitar and him singing. This new CD, due out on November 27 will be him and two other guys (one is Chris Roberson from Dr. Philgood) and will be somewhere in between Philgood and his last solo music. I am looking forward to it and he said there should be something to hear pretty soon. We shall see.

My buddies, Broadcasting on All Frequencies, will be opening up for Josh Weathers this Saturday, so that might be worth a check out, as well. Also, I understand that former Wichitan and current Austin singer songwriter Ali Holder is looking to record pretty soon and is trying to raise money. You might check her out on Facebook.com to see what is going on with that. I hear she might be writing songs about donors, and that would be sweet!

Finally, the December 31st band at the Pub has been announced and it’s none other than Blue Light Special. Congrats to them.

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