Carter: Paulson

Paulson

Richard Carter

Rumor spread like wildfire several days ago when New Jersey based band (and clearly Wichita Falls favorites) Paulson announced they were going to play a show. The band, for all practical purposes, broke up a while ago, and they have not recorded or played since. The news that they were going to play hit area listeners hard, and there were numerous “Play Wichita Falls” responses within the first 50 posts.

And, the best thing is that Wichita Falls fans then “liked” all of those responses. Having interviewed the bassist years ago, he specifically said they love playing shows here, and the last show I remember them playing the whole band was surrounded by fans, and the singer had to stand on a chair and hang on the rafters to be able to sing. No one could breathe, but they all managed to dance and have the time of their lives. A Paulson show would rock. Anything I hear about this further will be immediately updated.

The strange thing is that former Wichitan and now Baltimore resident Jesse Witt was the guy who first brought them to town, and I would imagine that if Paulson plays here, it will likely be in the Lakeside Ballroom, which is way large and a somewhat awkward place to have Paulson play a show. The other thing is that while the show will draw, and it will draw a lot, will the vibe be the same after all “these” years. Whatever happens, it will probably be the best show of the year in the area (at least “best all-ages show”), and one that everyone needs to go out and support—at least if they ever hope to see anyone else like Paulson play this area.

There is a new death metal and thrash band that recently started playing and the groups name is Skinhook. It’s Derrick Dorsey on bass, Robert Torres on guitar, Jaymes Jaeger on vocals and guitar and Tony Wolf on drums. The band is on Facebook.com under their name, and they also have some material up. Look at “about” under the band’s name.

I got the opportunity to hang out with the members of Miyagi the other day before they opened up for Hard Nights Day. The Beatles’ cover band was doing their soundcheck while the local boys were hanging out waiting. Since Jon Richerson has joined Miyagi as a full-time member, the area group is preparing to play a lot more shows than they had been doing. The band sounds good, and I suspect that they will be around a number of the venues in town. Richerson has also gotten somewhat busier, as not only was he playing with Miyagi but on the next night he was playing with Doppelgangers as that area group was opening for Kris Lager. That’s two pretty big crowds in a row.

I chatted with Jonathan Tyler on Friday and he was getting ready to fly to Texas from Los Angeles, where he is now living. It was an interesting conversation because he has definitely done some new things with his career and music since arriving in LA. But I suspect his upcoming Friday night show at the Pub on January 25 with be classic Tyler. It should be a blast, so check it out.