Carter: The Big Find

The Big Find

Richard Carter

I got to hang out at a jam/rehearsal with an area metal band that’s been working on things for a while but has yet to play any live shows. The group, Big Find, originally got together about two years ago or so with original 10 Cent Pistol members bassist Jason Cooper and guitarist Ryan Hager and current Blue Light Special members guitarist Cody and keyboardist Dustin Bowen.

At some point, Ryan Hager dropped out, and the remaining three members rehearsed (with Bowen playing drums), then dropped it and recently decided to get back together and start putting something together. The trio is a solid metal act featuring Cooper singing in addition to playing bass. There’s some psychedelia involved but the music is mostly on the hard metal end.

All three of the Big Find members also play in The Doppelgangers. The new metal band Big Find plays several steps down on the tuning scale. They have definitely listened to their Black Sabbath and a lot of the more current bands who also sort of idolize that great old traditional metal. Don’t think hair metal or anything like that. Word on the street has it that they are talking about playing a show before long with Lycergus and Coffin Crusher. We shall see, and let’s hope the bands play that show locally.

One of my favorite regional bands, The Virgin Wolves, out of Denton, Dallas and Keller, has released its first full-length CD called “Pretty Evil Thing.” The five- piece band is on Facebook.com and is seriously good. The group is also playing a live show in Denton at Hailey’s Club, 122 Mulberry, at 8 p.m. (or so) on February 16 in a series called Denton Babe Bash. Other groups include The Red Death, Sol Tax, Classy San Diego and Stormy Durant. All of the bands are babe led, or something like that. Admission is less than $10, and the evening should be a blast. I think you can check out videos of The Virgin Wolves on Facebook.com as well as some of their live shows. They are super high energy and need to be seen to be believed. The guitarist used to be the lead singer for a band called Memphis Mayfire. The guy can sing and he can play guitar, and he’s originally from Bowie.

And, I recently messaged the band and they seem open to playing in Wichita Falls. I am not sure where they would play, but it would be a great show.

The lineup for Coachella was recently released and listed, and it’s an intriguing collection of bands that play over a couple week period in California. I am completely onboard with hearing Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Beach House, but I am not so sure about Blur or the Stone Roses. Didn’t the Stone Roses put out exactly one good record?

Finally, “Grease” opened last weekend and should be a fun for those people who enjoy the more ‘50s end of things like music and clothes. This version is ultra authentic to the ‘50s  from looking at the stage props.