Carter: Pre-SXSW

Pre-SXSW

Richard Carter

Emily Pothast’s band Midday Veil will be performing at Felix’s Machine Shop on 107 Mississippi on Friday, March 8 with It Hurts to Be Dead opening. The doors open at 9 p.m. and the headlining act goes on at 11 p.m. it’s all-ages and costs $5. Pothast was a longtime resident of Wichita Falls before moving to Seattle some time ago to do a master’s degree in art. Her band is sort of a psychedelic mixed with Krautrock sound. The group will also be playing SXSW in Austin, so you might want to check her out. The group is on Facebook and has its own website at www.middayveil.com. It’s their first show ever locally after having to reschedule last year and it should be worth hearing.

I had the opportunity to hear the sound check for the Irish band FullSet last Friday at the Pub. The six-piece band is currently on a five week tour through America and they were quite good. I suspect the only reason we got them locally was because they were playing the North Texas Irish Festival on Saturday March 2. Each member was proficient on his or her instrument, and they played well together—despite the fact that their pipe player only joined them a month or so ago.

I understand that Radio Republic is back in the studio last Saturday and it shouldn’t be too long before the CD comes out. Their past shows at the Pub have been really good, and everything according to new guitarist Jeff Catlin is coming along well. I wonder if anyone plays locally in more bands than Catlin? (By the way, his group the Affiliation plays this Saturday March 9 at the Pub). The good thing is that all of his groups are really worth hearing.

Here’s a shoutout to a band that may have formed nearly two years ago, but that I have not heard yet. The band’s name is Only the Hero Dies and features former Advance drummer Will Chowning. Jay Bird sings, Guy Justusson and Moff plays guitar and Andy Klem plays bass. They have a four-track ep about to be released, and they are on facebook.com and also on reverb nation. Check them out.

Next Friday, March 8 opens yet another SXSW, where as of a week or so ago, over 1,000 bands were playing. The event has become quite the smorgasbord for people to hear the newest thing in music and also listen to some of the more mature voices in music talk about where things are going. I hear Stevie Nicks will be chatting along with Dave Grohl. For those committed to hearing music, they will have everything they can handle and then some. It’s still quite an honor to be accepted to play the event, so you know there will be an audience for each band performing. It’s not cheap, so start counting your change.

We are also not far away (a little over a week and a half) from the St. Patrick’s Day festival in the downtown area where bands will play Saturday night in the Iron Horse Pub and right across the street in the parking lot underneath a tent. I also understand there will be bands playing inside the Pub during the day. One performer that afternoon will be an old favorite from the Rudolph Christmas shows, Kellie Lee, who will come in from California to play live and will also do some recording while she is in town.