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After Burn, Outlouder Explained

Posted: September 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

Dear friends and fans,

Below this post, you’ll find articles that my oldest sister Toni Lynn Maier, a.k.a. “Firelyn” wrote a few years back for our online magazine, “damngoodtunes.com”

In December 2017, Toni passed away due to many complications from a staph infection. MRSA to be exact. She had previously fought several health obstacles over the years, and in 2010, I personally gave her my kidney to help with some of her issues. During her recovery, Toni gave us everything she could in her music reviews, and got to meet some really awesome people! (See her article on The Melvins below).

Toni is extremely missed by our father and I, and the magazine will never be the same without her.

Rest in Rock, my Sister ❤

p.s. When I finally have the courage to sit down and fully go into this, I will. Honestly, it's been really hard to think about, even 10 months later. It's kind of difficult to type through the tears and get it all out there. I wanted to bring in the articles in case anything happened to our website. It's helpful to read her words at times when I miss her too much.

Outloud(ER) with  

 

 FEATURING 
THE MELVINS
   This is Firelyn again letting you in on one of the most incredible writing experiences with damngoodtunes.com. The plan was to go to a Melvins / Green River show in the great city of Seattle; to watch the show, listen to the bands, watch the crowd and write about the experience. You see I am by nature much more of a poet than a journalist; I’m a musician myself and my music tastes are quite varied from blues to punk to classical. When I do a review of a band or a show – I am not a critic, if I don’t like an artist/artists, I don’t write about them. 

As for the show watching The Melvins, I got to do more than just watch from the crowd. As it turned out, damngoodtunes.com had a connection to Mike Dillard, the original drummer of the Melvins and he has been playing some shows on this tour. In the Seattle shows he’s playing some of the original stuff from the beginning-1983. He also came back on stage during the Melvins 2nd set, after Greenriver’s middle set. He was part of something I’d never seen before, never heard before- I don’t want to spoil it yet so I’ll come back to it. Before I get totally side tracked. 
Anyway, I thought I was getting to ask Mike a few questions. I was quite exited- my first live interview with an established artist and I prepared myself for it, or so I thought. I called Mike 2 hours before the show per the arrangement, I asked how he wanted to do ‘this’…he said he’d call me right back. He did, only he says to me “Buzzo said he can do it right now, if that’s o.k. If that was o.k.-this was greater than I had expected- I just wasn’t nearly prepared to interview Buzzo. I had to get my stuff refocused as best I could. Talk about baptism by fire!I’d interviewed musicians before- hell, I grew up with musicians, good ones-that had hands in shaping music little by little, putting their notes in helping to make it is what it is today. But I’d never interviewed someone whose music I’d partied to. 

To say that I was a little nervous is a bit of an understatement. We got to the Showbox a couple of hours early and was greeted by Mike Dillard at the front door, he lead us back stage and introduced us to Buzz Osborne. I went right over and sat down on the couch next to him and we talked while he restrung a silver Les Paul-silver from the tip of the tuning pegs all the way around the backside. One of the prettiest axes I’ve ever seen-and I’ve seen a lot of rare, vintage, and art guitars –Fenders, Les Paul’s, Paul Reed Smiths’ not to mention some beautiful Martins- I knew a collector of beautiful instruments; “art for arts sake,” as he used to say. I kind of got side tracked; anyway, I sit down with Buzzo – really pretty mellow guy just sitting back re-stringing his guitar while settling in to talk to me…he didn’t even bat an eye lash when my partner kind of tripped over Dale Crover’s bass-catching it before it hit the floor. I have to admit I wasn’t prepared to talk to Buzz- I thought I’d be talking mainly to Mike Dillard, the drummer, so my questions were more geared to him. 


An Interview with Buzz Osborne 


DGT: What’s it like being together after all these years?
Buzz: Oh, I don’t know, I’ll tell you after 50 years.

Buzz:It’s good I guess, I mean doing anything for 25 years is a lot. I wasn’t expecting it. It wasn’t like a big plan or anything. I wish you could plan that far ahead, that would be nice.

DGT: Tell me about the European tour? Buzz: Upcoming or before? DGT: Either. Buzz: Well we did a European tour last year and we played all the same places we normally do. I don’t think we went anywhere we hadn’t been before. Oh, yeah, we played in Budapest; we had never been there. We played on a boat, or a barge whatever.
DGT: That sounds kinda cool.

Buzz: Kinda cool?
DGT: How do the fans over there differ from the fans over here?
Buzz: You know it’s not a whole lot different. I mean Italy’s, slightly different, the fans are borderline annoying. They are very into what they’re into and they let you know it.
DGT: So mosh pits are the same everywhere?
Buzz: Umm, well they are enthusiastic fans, and we play about the same size venues everywhere, so when you’re onstage it’s not like you’re thinking, wow it’s different here in Denmark you know.
DGT: How does it feel to be back in Seattle?
Buzz: Well, we left Seattle more that 20 years ago, and we’ve come back and played shows before, so it’s not a lot different than it ever has been. We actually started doing better after we left Seattle than when we lived here.
DGT: What do you think about the future of the Seattle Scene?
Buzz: I don’t know I live in Los Angles, so I have no concept of what’s going on here at all.
DGT: What advice would you give young upcoming Garage Bands?
Buzz: I would tell them to be as peculiar as possible. Just be different than what is normally out there, unless you want to be a mediocre band.
DGT: Tell me about some of your early influences?
Buzz: Well, I liked most of the same bands everybody else did. What got me started wanting to play music where bands like Black Flag, The Sex Pistols, and The Clash.
DGT: So bands from The Decline of Western Civilization.
Buzz: Well yeah, except it was before all that, but yeah, those bands.
DGT: Who have been your favorite bands and musicians to tour with?
Buzz: Hmmm, I’ve had a lot of really good experiences. The guys from KISS were nice. When we did some shows with Tomahawk, a band Mike Patton is in, that was real easy, it was good. With bigger bands it can be a pain to tour with them.
DGT: Is it better doing shows in smaller venues with smaller bands? I know I like the smaller venue shows better.
Buzz: Yeah me too, but some smaller bands are a pain as well. Opening for a band, well it’s something you kind a have to do, but it’s not the best situation to be in band wise. Dealing with the road crew, not very good sound checks, and on and on like that. It’s a big pain.
DGT: How did you get Green River to come back for these shows?
Buzz: We just asked them and they said they’d do it. It really wasn’t that hard.
DGT: Great, I’m looking forward to seeing them too.
Buzz: Yeah, they played Los Angles, they were good.
DGT: Give me a couple of examples of your most memorable moments on this tour?
Buzz
: When we played Boston, it was pretty good, I don’t know why. It was a really cool club and we just had a really nice flow to the show. We rehearsed in New York for the tour and we were there for 4 days, that was fun. This is a really short tour. We’re only doing 7 shows and this one is our 6th, so we’re almost done. We played New York, Boston, Chicago, Austin, and 2 shows here in Seattle, and 1 in Portland, that’s it.
DGT: So, do you have a new album coming out?
Buzz
: We had a new album come out last summer. We should be recording by the end of this year. I don’t know when it will come out, sometime next year. We do have a remix album coming out in August, that’s the next thing.
DGT: I have to ask, for the readers, what was the real deal between you guys and Kurt Cobain?
Buzz: The deal?
DGT: Yeah, a lot has been said about him and his association with your band.
Buzz: He certainly liked our band a lot, we helped him get started making music.
DGT: Was he really a roadie?
Buzz: That has been severely overstated, but we’ll just say yes.
DGT: How has the Internet and sites like Limewire, etc. affected the music industry, especially the non-mainstream bands?
Buzz: I don’t know. I really don’t know anything about those sites. I know you can get about anything you want online, and you can probably get most of it without paying. I guess I don’t know what the effect will be.
DGT: Along that same line, do you think it helps or hurts sales, when fans can buy one song at a time?
Buzz: I don’t know, I mean we’ll see. Labels usually invest in bands so they can make money. If they can’t make money, they are not going to invest money. So if there is not speculative money out there, then they’re not going to give a band the money to record an amazing record. So we’ll see, I don’t have much faith in the general public thinking ahead, that’s for sure. Folks will probably go more to live music, which is a shame, because you can’t always go to live shows. We might have to figure out a new way to sell stuff.
DGT: Do you and the band understand how big a part you’ve played for this next generation of Indie Artists?
Buzz: Do we realize? Well I suppose to some degree, but certainly not to the degree, that the younger generation would understand.
DGT: You guys come from a generation of groundbreaking musicians.
Buzz: Yeah, but that is not for us to say or measure, that is for the rest of the world to figure out, as well as to what degree it matters.
DGT: Just like you mentioned bands like Black Flag as inspirations, you must get young musicians coming up to you and saying how you influenced them.
Buzz: Yeah, I hear it all the time, and once in a while it is from a band that I really think is good. I do try to be as diplomatic as possible though.
DGT: You seem really straightforward.
Buzz: Well, I try to be, as much as possible. It can get complicated, but when it’s a band I admire telling me that, it’s cool. I don’t think about it too much.
DGT: Thank you for your time.
Buzz: No problem.




FIRELYN:See what I mean about not really being prepared to interview Buzz Osborne. Don’t get me wrong- I was not disappointed in the least- I just pretty much had to bag most the questions and wing it. No matter how amateur I came off, I’m o.k. with that, for two main reasons. NO.1, the interview is only a small part of the article, it’s the show itself that gets most of my attention- my passion on their passion. NO.2, despite Buzz’s no nonsense and his straightforward way of saying what he means-i.e. no sugar coating, he could have ripped my ill prepared self to pieces without even raising his tone, but instead he was very gracious and patient with me. As far as what I got from the interview; I mean my overall ‘gist’ was pretty simple- Buzz Osborne is a laid back musician who is glad to be still playing shows, he prefers Old school punk and artists that try to be as unique as possible; although I suspect it’s not about being weird for weird sake, I think he respects artists whose’ talent is sincerely theirs-from inside. He likes what he likes and he plays what he feels…no apologizes…just like in the beginning; The Melvins have always played what they want to. Despite where he grew up or maybe because of it, he is quite proud of his home in L.A. but he’s definitely not a prima donna. All in all, I really liked the guy. He is genuine. And I bet he’d be fun at a bar-b-q, and to have a few beers with. But onto the show- .

The Melvins came out first with Mike playing drums-the old songs-still as relevant in ’09 as they were in ’83. The first set was a warm up but the band was already hot. Of course the crowd was going wild- Mosh pits and all, even the occasional crowd surfing. The Showbox is a great venue. Not too big, keeping it intimate but still big enough for a great stage show. The crowd felt right at home as well letting the music carry them wherever they wanted to go. The age range of that crowd went from a 3yr.old to a couple of 4yr.olds,all with proper ear protection). Then up from there to 17 to early 20’s to the full range of 30’s 40’s and up to 50 pluses. Not the least bit surprising- the Melvins are influential icons regardless if that never enters their heads. They are just happy to still be doing what they love and Buzz said it wasn’t planned that way but in my opinion luck played a very small role. Just pure old-fashioned talent mixed with individuality. I think the term ‘Sludge Metal’ is truly fitting. There were early influences as we talked about before the show. Buzz Osborne is vocal about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery…outright plagiarism is not. So if that shoe fits you, you must learn to hide it better. Or throw it out. The other thing about Buzz is that he finds a good balance between being straight forward – not afraid to say what he does or does not like, yet blatant rudeness is beneath him.

The Melvins put out a new album last summer, they’re putting out a remix coming soon, and there’s another new album coming some time in the next year. I suggest you plan on spending some money if you’ve been a fan. I suggest the same even if you’re real young and don’t know much about this band but if you even think you’re into grunge, punk, metal, or some evolution thereof; you need to spend some money. Oh if you’re a musician trying to find your ‘sound’-be inspired by anything but find your ‘muse’ within you. Lets get back to the show: After the ‘warm up set’ came the middle set. Green River. An early Seattle band that became several successful Seattle bands like Pearl Jam and Mudhoney. But this isn’t about them so all I’m going to say is they did not disappoint. Mark Arms stage presence hasn’t lost a thing – he’s still as weird-n-wild as ever. They got the crowd nuts. Nostalgia and history. Oh and Stone Gossard got a wedgie from Mark Arm. The Melvins final set-by the way all the sets were much longer than I’d expected, and no one had a lack of energy. They played hard and tight all night. Anyway the grand set included a complete playing of their album ‘Houdini’. The Showbox was the perfect place for this show, The audience had been building up with more and more energy, anticipation for individual favorite songs- We were not let down one bit with the playing of song after song’s such as Hooch, Hag me, Honey Bucket. It built up to something grand. You can tell these guys have a connection- even though there were different drummers for different parts of the show and even though sometimes members might play another instrument for a bit they always knew exactly what they were doing and where they were at. Never missed a beat or stepped out of time. 25 yrs. Or not, it felt like more than experience to me. Which brings me to where all that anticipation took me. It was close to the end of the show- not the end. I mentioned in the beginning of the article that I saw something I’d never seen before. It just blew me away- all of a sudden Greenrivers drummer got back on stage joining the Melvins drummer-2 sets of drums being played at the back of the stage. And then Mike came back across the stage to the far left front to join in drumming while standing, topping it off with the Melvins bass player put down his bass, picking up sticks and also joining in on the drumming-he too did so standing, but far over on the right front. Buzz kind of just stood over to the side and let the drummers do their thing, and their thing was amazing; I’d never seen o four man drum ‘solo’: they started off playing one at first then another would join in and so on and so on. It was like an ocean wave with a strong undercurrent. The drumming would start pounding in rhythm but playing individual parts yet the waves would at perfect intervals come together in sublime cohesion, like waves in an ocean crashing the shore together only to be pulled back by the undercurrent again pulling back then building up- beating- not together yet playing in perfect time- and the four of them did this for what seemed like stopping time altogether-That’s how much it infiltrated the crowd. I could feel the rhythm in my insides, and they did the building up, crashing together flowing apart so elegantly just to crash together at the same time yet again. Then Mike Dillard ended his performance just as powerfully as when he joined in-he stopped, and as he turned to walk off stage he threw his sticks to the audience. And then there were 3.they pounded on as before then similar to Mike, the drummer for Greenriver ended his performance and tossed his sticks to the screaming crowd. And then there were 2. The Melvins current drummer and the bass player kept the groove and the pounding up ‘til the bassist stopped playing at the crashing down of the perfect wave, putting his bass back on. And then there was 1-he finished the ‘solo’ just as buzz and the bassist were ready for him to start pounding out another. It wasn’t the end but in my space it was definitely the finale. Buy all the Melvins c.d.’s you can get your hands on.



“I just love how Firelyn tells it like it is, makes fun of herself and has a great time with music and the people who are creating it. Honesty is a virtue- though sometimes self defeating, it’s the truth to thy self and the portal to the soul. We journalists bare these souls and expect nothing, save a place to be read and a tall mocha breve…and a side of ice cubes.”

Bruce Maier



Found this little clip of Buzz talking about the
 Cobain/Roadie “deal”. This is not a DGT
reporter. We do not own this video.

After Burn pt.6

Posted: September 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

Dear readers, I know when you read this article; it may seem like I’m jumping al lover the place-and in fact it does include within 3 differet mian topics. Well they are all isues of importance brought to my attention when I became friends with yard bird, all wrapped up nicely in the “YardBird” bennifit show @ “the Hub Tavern Bar&Grill”.

Well for those of you who don’t like surprises, here are my 3 main issues: First of all, this DGT! The music is always NO.1; however you will notice I don’t talk to many specifics about the Bands themselves, imstead I am focusing on the fact that even small town America you can find venues willing to give the independent ‘original’ bands a place and an audience. NO.2 the Cause (SAVE the Yard bird).AND NO.3 The venue itself- our hats are off to you; even my stalking cap.

All of our readers should help those venues to continue to support musicians by giving them our business…trust me, small venues can showcase some (not)yet2bediscovered. Wouldn’t it be great to have seen for example SonicYouth play@ The Surf Club…you get the idea. Even if you live in the city, try driving out to some small town venue(do a little mapquest & a little bit of Bing search) have an adventure and help spread the love.

I was recently at the Yard Bird benefits show in Centralia Washington at The Hub Tavern…not the first time I’ve seen live music at The Hub but this time I decided it was time to start a series of stories about the original music being showcased in Lewis co. Washington. Actually not just bands coming through Lewis co. but also the wealth of artistic talent that is secretly being born right here in my home town.
 
There are other places in Lewis county that have live original bands that play shows around here but for now I’m going to focus on The Hub tavern…in fact, I’ll be going to a show this weekend. I will talk about that later; This is hopefully the beginning of good friendship between DGT& “The Hub”. Back to the benefit: I know most of you Damn good tunes regular readers don’t have a clue as to what a yard birds is (NOT the band) but those of you from southwestern Washington you know the yard bird and those of you who are old enough know the yard bird BIG BRO….i cried when he caught on fire.[…] The benefit show was a hit.3 bands played at the show;unfortunately I missed most of the first act- the whole thing was kinda last minute…I only heard about the benefit at the 11th hour. I didn’t expect to hear the show I heard either. For those of you who don’t know me- that’s a complement. Each Band was unique but all complemented eachother.It was good and hard. Loud and clear – a personal favorite style I might add, not to mean just what this girl needed. I even got to take out a little frustration on a guy who was trying to Mosh. (he just wouldn’t stop trying to knock me over). Honestly it was quite fun.
 
There was YardBird stuff to buy- T-shirts,pins,even a really sweet hairbarrette and lotsa stickers. Yardbird has an other upcoming becoming June 25th at 12:noon 2100 N. National Ave. Chehalis, Wa.

 
If you are even close to the area,plan on it. Yardbird is local icon-we need to keep him. All of readers should be able to access the Voting for the yardbird on King5 Back roads best of; the category of best roadside attraction. Please give us a moment & give us a hand in saving our best Bird.] All of this brought me to the conclusion that its long overdue for some support to our local music.

As far as music is concerned The Hub Bar&Grill has always been supportive; providing a place for original artists to play, giving the public a place to have fun& listen to a variety of music.that in itself is a such a gift to any and all supporters of independent musid.Times being what they are the owners and management of the Hub deserve not only our thanks but our support of them in return… I think we can help them to do even more. It would be great to have a place to see live original bands every week here in town.As for the atmosphere…there are some varied viewpoints on the net but the fact of the matter is that of course it’s a bit different,especially on the weekends—Different = FUN, i.e.;not boring. So if you want to sit like a bump on a log, the Hub Bar and Grill probably isn’t for you-now that doesn’t meen you can’t pull up a spot at the bar, relax have good conversation,maybe meet some new friends. Oh don’t forget to try the “Grill” part of “The Hub Bar and Grill”. The French Fries are exquisette; and there is no better way to judge the quality of a ‘hometown’ bar and grill, than their fries! FYI: they offer a wide array of fares from great big burgers to Country style breakfast with large portions.

Final thoughts:

The Hub is a great place for giving new and original acts a place to play so we will support them any way we can. I met with the manager ” Jim ” – a musician and artist himself. His father ” Curley ” took the place over in the 1980’s ad Jim came in a few years later to help out and JIm was the first  musician to play there so he has a great feel for the room and what the bands can expect with the room and the acoustics etc. The Hub has a rich history as we mentioned before and the building is a hundred some years old. I look forward to telling more stories about The Hub and the band which will be playing in the coming months. When it all comes down to it, it’s all about the music.
This is Firelyn, Burning out! 

After Burn Pt. 5 “Two Ton Boa”

Posted: September 3, 2018 in Uncategorized
Two Ton Boa

Interview with Sherry Fraser
By Firelyn


 







I first got word of Two Ton Boa some two years ago, after a couple of friends of mine had seen them play a show in Olympia, Wa. The band TTB is signed to an indie label called Kill Rock Stars, which is the same label out of Olympia that has helped bands like Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, and They Shoot Horses, Don’t They. They are a Northwest band driven by their lead singer and songwriter, Sherry Fraser. It’s always hard for me to describe a bands sound, but from what I’ve heard their songs start with the lyrics sung by lead singer Sherry Fraser, surrounded to a slightly less degree percussion and guitar, with some odd sounds thrown in with great effect.
It is important for me to support our local musicians as much as possible, going to their shows and when possible and warranted, I like to try a give a little press, to try and spread the word about bands, that I feel have that certain something that makes them special. I really love the Two Ton Boa sound so I contacted lead singer Sherry Fraser and asked a couple of questions, and this is what she had to say:




FIRELYN:
The songs you write seem to me, to be heavy on the lyrical content, what I mean is that the lyrics jump out of the music rather than having to listen extra hard to understand what the lyrics are.  Do you agree that lyrics are more important in your style of music, thus leading to the actual musical content?  If you could go into a little bit about how you write music, i.e.; are you the lyricist and your partner writes the music, or do you collaborate on all the different parts?  Also, could you list some of you influences and favorite bands?

SHERRY:  I’ve given lyrics about equal weight with the music in the past.  I’m interested in focusing less on lyrics and more on sound and energy in my future endeavors.  Lyrics, to me, are harder than writing music.  I enjoy aspects of writing lyrics, it’s like working on a puzzle, but the downside of that is it can become very confining and suffocating.  Pure sound affects you differently than words delivered through sound.  To get words and their vowels and consonants, rhymes, ET all, to fit with not only vocal delivery, but also the base foundation and feel of a song, without using awful clichés or stupid hooks, or using the escape of meaningless abstract babble, is incredibly difficult.  It tires me out.  I’d like to spend more time simplifying and becoming more minimal with the words, and spend more energy on outputting more music.     I generally write all my own material, instrumentals and lyrics, but I am now starting to collaborate with Scott Seckington on a new project we’re calling, for the time being, “Two Ton Boa (Duets)”.  We put our first vinyl single out back in January; you can buy it locally at Phantom City or Rainy Day Records.  We’re planning on putting out a series of singles.  People have made stylistic contributions or adapted parts for live shows in the past, and to an extent, I’ve worked with drummers collaboratively in shaping drum parts from the basic skeletal components that I’ve had in place.  I’m interested in collaborating with other artists more in the future.  Some amazing musicians surround me; it would be a nice change.  Off course I know I’ll always write by myself, to me it’s as basic as brushing my teeth or eating a meal.


FIRELYN: How old were you, and what instrument did you play when you first got interested in playing music?
  When or what experience led to you performing on stage in public?

SHERRY:  The first instrument I heard that really grabbed me was the recorder.  Not the chintzy plastic 4th grade versions, but the real ones.  I heard a trio playing medieval music at a concert and I turned to my mother and said, “ I want to play that instrument”.  I was around ten at the time.  My mom was a pianist and had no luck teaching me, I didn’t want to be taught.  This was different.  I started private lessons and by 12 I was playing in chamber groups.  I started the oboe at 12 and got really serious with that, but when my last teacher wanted to prep me for auditions for Curtis Institute of Music, in Philadelphia, for all intensive purposes, I quit the path to that next level.  I realized I didn’t want a classical career, much as I loved the music, and love playing it.I played on stages, classically, in public since I was 11, first on Recorder, then Oboe & English horn.  I first started playing solo as TWO TON BOA in the late 90’s.  Performing rock is totally different, and petrifying in it’s own special way.  I’ve caught on, but I still get stage fright to varying degrees, the worst was on this last tour with the Dresden Dolls.  The crowds were huge.  I got sick every night 2-3 hours before our shows, like clockwork.

FIRELYN: I would like to know a little about this last tour, for example, how did you travel and how were your accommodations?  What and how many cities did you visit?  Where the audiences different from city to city?  Did you meet any interesting people along the way?  What was your most interesting experience?

SHERRY: The audiences on the Dresden Dolls tour were shockingly receptive and really took to us.  I’ve heard horror stories from bands about opening for much bigger acts, being heckled, hated, not selling any merch.. But their fan base was really respectful and turned out to be happily enthusiastic.  They didn’t seem jaded and standoffish, just interested and open, willing to give us a chance, and wanting to rock.  They bought HORDES of merch, which was very helpful when our van died.  I know there were people that didn’t take to us, that’s par for the course, but all in all it was a great musical match.  I wish we could play a national tour with the Dolls.  That would be a dream come true, just ridiculous.  But I’m grateful we got to play a handful of shows with them.  They probably won’t tour again for quite a while.
Five of us traveled in a very comfortable but gas guzzling Dodge conversion van towing a heavy trailer.  We stayed in motels for the most part on this tour; a couple times we stayed with friends.  Portland, Boise, Denver, Iowa City, Lincoln, Chicago, St. Louis, Birmingham, Tampa, Atlanta, Durham, Norfolk. on and on, through the South, up the West Coast… TWO TON BOA Duets were supposed to play a string of shows in the South, which we had to cancel because the transmission went out. That sucked.  We spent $4,000 keeping the van on the road this tour.  We were in debt when we got home.  We banked on merchandise on the Dresden Dolls tour.  Unfortunately, it was totally consumed by van repairs, canceled shows, and monster gas prices.We met Sammy Stephens in Birmingham- you know, the YouTube sensation.  We realized we were going to drive right past the Montgomery Flea Market, so we had to stop.  His song was our theme music on our last spring tour, bringing happiness into our worn hearts at low points on tour.  He was there, walking around the parking lot, for a minute I felt a strange form of star-struck idiocy.  That was interesting.  We ended up talking to him for quite awhile, and he rapped with us, I’ve got it on video, a scene of him and me doing the breakdown dance while he raps about Two Ton Boa.  He was
super nice.  I hope he actually makes some money from his youtube fame.  We bought a couple wigs and other random stuff at the mall, but no dinettes.  He said business wasn’t all that great at the time.  I can’t imagine what the vendors at the flea market think about the influx of random people coming in because of the you tube video.

FIRELYN: How did TTB come to be on the bill with The Dresden Dolls?

SHERRY: They did ask us to open for them, personally, so they actually wanted us on this tour with them.  I think they heard our music through friends and business contacts and Amanda came to one of our shows in Boston, and was blown away. The rest is history.

FIRELYN: What’s next for Two Ton Boa will there be another tour in the near future?  How about some new recordings?  Is there going to be a local show to make up for the show that was cancelled back in September?  I would love to do a live show review.

SHERRY: The past couple months I was designing the new website for TTB, which is currently being coded by a web developer friend of ours.  It’s a big deal because it will have a fully functional store, which sells mp3’s and everything else we have to offer.  I’m also studying voice with a classical teacher in Seattle, which in and of itself is very significant.  I’m back in the studio again and will be collaborating with Scott on Two Ton Boa Duets, and working on new material for Two Ton Boa.
I will soon record vocals for a cover of White Rabbit, for a split single with the Thrones.
You can look for TTB Duets to be playing shows locally starting sometime late summer.  We’re busy until then.  Two Ton Boa has no shows scheduled currently but as always, you can go to the website and subscribe to our mailing list for show updates.  There will be new material for both projects by the end of the year, probably sooner.  Pretty soon the new site will be up and you’ll be able to subscribe to RSS feeds about new shows.
 Thanks for the Interview!

Two Ton Boa has been on the scene since their initial self-titled EP, on which Marcy Playground covered a song called “Coming up from behind”, on the movie soundtrack for “Cruel Intentions”.  Hopefully with this new Duets direction, Sherry and Two Ton Boa will be headed toward more and much deserved success.  You can check out their MySpace page, as well as see live video of them performing on YouTube, just Google their name and several sites can be found.  Hopefully their new website will be up and running soon.  I definitely recommend giving them a listen.



CLICK THIS PICTURE TO GO TO HEAR TWO TON BOA

 




 

After Burn Pt.4

Posted: September 3, 2018 in Uncategorized
 

Absent Minds
By Firelyn






Being a punk rocker from the day, listening to bands like Blackflag, The Misfits, Fear,
(don’t forget the Sex Pistols)…and anyone from the sound track to THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION PT.1, REPO MAN, and there is no forgetting another cult classic- SUBURBIA-which, those of you worth your salt should have no trouble naming the Chili Pepper’s who played a part in that movie masterpiece that got none of the publicity and less of the acclaim that it should have. Then later –right before the whole grunge take-off we got the first taste of bands like Green River, the B—hole Surfer’s and Sonic Youth, just to name a few.


I do know my way around a mosh pit-never enter without a big thick soled pair of Doc.Martin’s, so when need be you can turn & kick the guy in the shin who’s almost knocked you down 12 times or keeps secretly trying to grope you The first thing that grabbed me about ABSENT MINDS was the Mohawk wearing cello player. He wasn’t just thrashing around with the cello, he was a truly gifted, classically trained musician with a vision I’d never seen before- oh but it’s more than that ABSENT MINDS is really breaking new ground by bringing together two music styles from opposite sides of the spectrum. And they rock.

The cellist is not the only surprising talented musician- every member of the band is at the top of their game and they came together beautifully .due in no small part to the drummers’ excellent timing…he was the glue that held these guys together. They were always ‘on it’; each member of that band always knew where they were supposed to be what they needed to be doing and they were always together, always on cue. The rest of the band consisted of two very good guitar players, that also each sang very well and last but certainly not least was the bass player; this guy made you feel it in your guts the way usually only BLUES players can. Their songs were morbid at times…”Burn Them”.
DARK IS TO be expected in punk music- but there were also fun punk anthems made for moshin’ too. All in all these guys are much more talented than the average punk rockers are given credit for, not to mention more talented than they should be at this early stage in their careers. To make a short intro long- these guys get a thumbs up from me. The only thing that could have made this Portland bands show better would have been some demo c.d.’s. Keep an eye out for ABSENT MINDS- you’ll be glad you gave the cello a chance and got to hear the rest of the musicians. ABSENT MINDS are in their own league. Until next time, Firelyn


CHECK OUT ABSENT MINDS AT MYSPACE
 HERE




 





          Lead Guitar/                                 Bass/                                          Drums/                                             Guitar/
                Lead Vocals                                Vocals                                         Vocals                                             Vocals
              Rodney Givens
               Jim Albrecht                   Tom Spahr                     Ron McGinnis



MANAGER: LESA GIVENS 

(pictured below
)


All photos by Gap Photo,
 Winlock, Washington




Reported by
by Firelyn

Private parties, local taverns, weddings, and the Lucky Eagle Casino all are part of the BACKFIRE Band’s regular tour in and around Lewis County, Washington. What can I say? If you’ve read any of my other reviews, you know my preferred genre of music is usually
something that would inspire a mosh pit. Well… not this time.


BACKFIRE BAND plays music that people can dance to. They are the kind of band that you go out with friends
to watch and have a great time and good night. 
They have quite a local following, too. I had been noticing them for a while before this assignment. The first time I heard them play was at the Garlic Festival in Chehalis, WA. It was then that I learned I would be writing about them.

Categorizing them is not an easy task to accomplish, they play some classic rock with a southern feel, and some country music they play like the blues.
A few weeks later they played in Winlock, WA., at a small, yet generous tavern called “The Club”.
It was there that I realized how popular the Backfire Band truly is.

This particular show was sort of an encore to a recent Welcome Home show for the Stryker Brigade troops who had just returned to the Northwest after an extensive tour in Afghanistan (more on this at the end of this  interview).
The crowd thoroughly enjoyed their original songs along with every thing that they did.
The show at “The Club” was at full capacity, and the crowd was dancing and having fun with the band. Interaction between the band and their audience is integral to
the show, and they pull it off. Every show that I’ve seen them play, there has always been audience participation and dancing, even outside in the rain at the Garlic
Festival. Backfire Band is kind of a southern rock and blues fusion, although I don’t think it’s done through intention; they just play – the people just love it.
I had only a short time to try and get to know them when I interviewed them at the “Little Red Barn’, but I had fun doing it. I hope you out there will get an idea about who the Backfire Band
is. Keep your eye out for them and if you’re in the area. I definitely recommend you go and see them…

The Interview

DGT: Tell me about your influences….

BFB: Waylon songs ….my brother played classic rock…. my dad played country music. My dad was a bass player MUSIC…. my dad was a bass player……

TOM……I grew up with the Beatles and Beach Boys. My greatest inspiration was Northwest drummer and vocalist Michael Kinder.

RONNIE: I heard music from my dad…… ……I cut my teeth on the Beatles, The Ventures….. Clapton…Mark Knofler…..

ROD: He didn’t lie any crappy guitars did he?

JIM: He met me when I was a guitar picker but he needed a bass player.

ROD:First I met Jerry, Ron’s brother…. …..Rick Anzelone was our first drummer.As we progressed I hired a guy named Chet Dawson for a while, maybe two or three years…..

DGT: I notice you guys get along really well….

BFB: Pretty good chemistry right off the bat!


LISA: And they all like each other ( LOT’S OF LAUGHTER ) most of the time!


Rod and Lesa Givens


BFB:.. Long as we don’t play too often…..Then we start getting cranky. We start doing gigs every day, we start getting gripey at each other.


DGT: Like a family.

ROD: It is.


BFB:…It’s like a big family…You gotta get along in order to do this .

DGT: Who writes for the band?


ROD: I write it all ( ANOTHER OUTBURST OF LAUGHTER )


JIM : He even wrote mine!


ROD: Jim’s written a lot o songs. How many do you have?

JIM:
Whole bunches of them at home in the studio. But only a couple so far for the band.


TOM: Songs that I’ve brought were written by a friend in another band by the name of Paul Goldsmith.


ROD: Most of the other music we’re doing was co-written with other people.


BFB: Probably JIMMY RITCHIE has written or co-written with other people…he gave me a sack of demos and we have bene going through them, finding what we think is right for us and our sound.

LESA: Yes, there’s a lot of great material out there which has never been released.


DGT: That’s for sure!

BFB: In the words of Conway Twitty ” why when there’s so many great songs out there, would I try to write when I can sing them so well? “(chuckle)

DGT: You sing lead so well but I have seen you trade off and you all harmonize so well.

BFB: Thank you!


DGT: You also seem to have a big following

BFB: We love that support of the fans.


DGT: What are your plans for the immediate future?

ROD: To get a big motor home and head for Nashville! No, seriously our immediate plans are to get our CD out. We want to put it out there and see what happens.

LISA: We have definite goals to have this done by the end of the year.

ROD; Yeah, we’d like to have this completely finished before New Year’s Eve. We have a lot of the recording done but we’ve got a lot more to do.


JIM:  I worked on one of the songs today for about three hours.

ROD: Jim is the most dedicated one. That’s for sure.

JIM: YOu guys didn’t know it but all your harmony parts are done in “Baby Doll”. I just want one from you and one from you to blend in now.

DGT
NOTE
…We were interrupted by a fan wanting to know when the band was
going to start playing and the guys were very gracious, not rushing him
off.


TOM: Back to the interview ( laughter breaks out )

DGT: When you put your sets together for a live show, what is the mix of originals to covers?

ROD: About two originals per set. We have nearly a CD worth of material right now that we play in our shows. When we opened for Travis Tritt , we did about ten originals and two covers. You know, we picked the material of other artists that we feel we do well and yet, in our own way.


JIM: When you play in bars, clubs and casinos…well casinos anyway you can play a lot more originals. In a bar the people are there to get out on the dance floor and have fun.

LESA: In a concert setting or festival it’s different because in a sit down situation you can play a lot more original material and I think people are a lot more receptive.

RON: But they have been dancing to our original songs too!


JIM: Yeah it’s cool to see them out there partying to our own.

DGT: I noticed a couple of weeks ago at a performance outdoors – when you guys were doing the original material people in the audience were singing along with all the words.

LESA: Yes and that’s really encouraging!


JIM: Very much.


DGT: Growing up in a small town with a father who is a musician and a writer that was always an issue not being able to do a lot of originals but having a band myself for a while in Seattle, that was not such a problem.
Are you guys trying to get outside of your own area more so that you can eventually do even more of your originals?

LESA: Well, that’s the problem trying to get the gigs you know, that make it worth the while. Outside of the gigs where it pays to do it and you’re not losing money you know…in the Northwest soon as you say that the band is ” country ”  a   lot of doors get closed on us.


ROD: Our biggest issue is in the definition of what we are as a band. Much of our set lists don’t really get played on Country music radio but yet we get labeled as a Country band a lot.

JIM: And we’re really not. More of a Southern Rock band than a Country group.


DGT: More of a Bluesy Rock?

JIM: What we have is a young country boy and three old rockers!


ROD: Yeah God gave me a Honky-Tonk voice and told me to use it for something.

DGT: This year besides that huge Garlic festival have you guys been playing the Fair circuit?

LESA: We haven’t been playing the circuit per se but we have been playing and booking some more of the fairs. WE played the Grays Harbor fair opening for Jake Owen, the Nashville recording star who is produced by our friend Jimmy Ritchie, and of course the SWW Fair.


JIM: We have a saying; we don’t get paid to play, we get paid to pack our own gear


LESA: Yeah and when you minus the bar bill……


DGT: Do you have aspirations to really take this to the next level?

ROD: Oh, you  never say never. If someone came up to me and said
” I really like what you’re doing and think you’ve got what it takes to make it “, Then we’d do our best to oblige them you know and keep going.


JIM: Stuff us onto a tour bus , sending us across the country- paying us enough to make it justified then heck yeah! Who wouldn’t want to do that?


LESA: I mean, we’re not twenty years old. We’re realistic so we’re not going to pack up and move to Nashville.


ROD: It would have to be pretty lucrative because we’d have to quit our jobs in order to do that. You know, we’ve all gotta pay our bills!


TOM: We’ve got fans over in Germany who want us to come over there and play. You never know.


DGT: From what everyone is saying about  Backfire Band although you’ve been together ten years it seems the past two years you guys have really been getting good and the band is tight!

LESA: It takes a long time to get the band together and tight as you say.


ROD: It’s amazing how much you mature and get better and better!


LESA: The band has had some pretty exciting shows opening for Little Big Town, David Alan Coe, Jake Owens, Travis Tritt and Phil Vasser. Ronnie has even opened for Charlie Daniels, so the band has had a lot of experience doing bigger shows and venues.


TOM: I would like to mention also that we played for the Stryker Brigade who came back home after being in Afghanistan too! That was a great experience! I can’t believe our local paper didn’t write anything about that.


LESA: Yeah, they didn’t mention a thing about it

.


Banner for the Stryker Brigade 

photo by Gap Photo



A Note from Firelyn:

I think I should mention something about that (what the interview ended on); the show I mentioned earlier in Winlock, WA was kind of a follow-up on the show for the guy’s coming home from Afghanistan.That was a Welcome Home party for the 5/2 STRYKER Brigade which was held  at FT.LEWIS. I didn’t get to see the show at FT.LEWIS, but the follow-up was an excellent show. It gave me a good indication of their following, no.1 and no.2- how proud BACKFIRE BAND was about being involved in SUPPORTING OUR TROUPS and doing anything that gives back to our community. The guys performed a great song dedicated to the STRYKERS called ‘SOMEWHERE USA’ which was written by Jimmy Ritchie (*see footnote)…a definite crowd pleaser. People really like BACKFIRE Band’s original material. It’s real music they can relate to and get up and dance to,( which believe me they do!)
 I also want to say on the subject of the concert they played in FT.LEWIS for the returning Troops & the families of ALL the men and women who serve(d) our country- these guys are truly sincere. All in all my experience watching and listening to them was very enjoyable. Their material is great, when doing covers they can’t help but put their own touch on things. Whether it’s Hank Williams jr., AC/DC, Brian Adams,or Z-Z Top (which comes w/choreography)-it just sounds good. BACKFIRE BAND is a fun group to go out and see- Good Music that always makes for a great atmosphere, people will inevitably end up on the dance floor- consistently and continually…song after song, covers or originals- these guys play music so you can have a fun time. Check out their website:
If you haven’t seen them play…GO…you’ll have a great time.
If you are already a fan…Keep The Faith, their album will be available before you know it.


For damngoodtunes.com …..

Firelyn-
burning off.





Click to visit  Backfire Band @
Myspace
and
facebook!




*J immy Ritchie mentioned above was raised in Lewis County and now makes his home in Nashville Tennessee. His latest achievements include co-writer on the title track to the new George Strait  CD ” TWANG  “and producing  Nashville’s own Jake Owen as well. The publisher  here has known Jimmy since he was the young kid at the music store hanging out and asking for the latest guitar lick from the old pros. Like many, Jimmy Ritchie set his mind to it and worked very hard to be where he is today. However, in spite of his enormous success, Jimmy Ritchie loves his friends in  BACKFIRE BAND  and never forgets his family and friends when he visits Lewis County . He grabs a guitar and sits in with the BFB and just loves to jam with his buds. Jimmy Ritchie, a hard working producer and the one to keep your eyes on folks. Coming to a Platinum record near you!




After Burn Pt.2 “Severed Few”

Posted: September 3, 2018 in Uncategorized



“Severed Few” is a favorite local band that got me excited. They were MY inspiration to finally start this project though maybe project isn’t the right word for what I along with damngoodtunes are going to do; but im getting off track. those who’ve read my stuff know I do that sometimes but it all actually makes sense un the end.

I want everybody living within at least a 90-mile radius of Lewis co. Wash you be ready to come to the upcoming show @Rumers in (addr.)Chehalis so all of you Metal lovers out there will know what all of us local headbangers already know: “SEVERED FEW” ’is tight’. The words I’ve heard from the females –the most often description is…”they ARE Sexy!” & even if you aren’t a girl and you don’t have metal in your blood you WILL want to be there ‘cuz that is where the girls WILL be!

All that aside this three piece really rocks; I’ve recently had the honor of being at two of their rehearsals and take it from a girl who knows her music; I slept in my dad’s guitar case@ his rehearsals when I was a baby, raised on classic rock and roll but always knowing the music that came before rock, I have played all kinds of music. I know the difference between good music and lucky ‘musicians’ I’m telling you all “SEVERED FEW makes music you can get lost in-I actually don’t want to go too far into their music today “SEVERED FEW” is a band I will be writing about for quite a while.

What I do want to do is get all of you excited for their show at Rumors in Chehalis, WA on JUNE4TH starting at 8pm, get there early- this show is special!!

“SEVERED FEW” is going to be Recorded LIVE by none other than damngoodtune.com’s CREATOR the Editor in Chief Bruce Maier…not only that but they will also be doing a VIDEO by yours truly…firelyn
And an added Bonus~ Hot’n Bothered will also do what they do – a bit different than “SEVERED FEW”, but good in their own right also playing at the same show, plus Defying Eden. I haven’t heard them yet but I’m looking forward to seeing the WHOLE Show. Which may include another band – I mean I’m telling you ALL – 90mile radios – MARK THE DAY, JUNE4th@Rumers 543 NW Pacific Ave Chehalis, WA. Show starts at 8pm

Ladies you WILL Love this Band (if you haven’t already fallen) Guys don’t misunderstand me; if you like metal you don’t want to miss this show! “SEVERED FEW” Plays, and I quote “…grimy, grutchy, Metal…”. Check out “SEVERED FEW”’s Facebook page. NOW! P.S. Look at my new page also:

Firelyn

After Burn from Mars pt.1

Posted: September 3, 2018 in Uncategorized
“ For Whom The Drums Pound “
Introduction to  FIRELYN


When I was a baby,  I used to sleep in my father’s guitar case during rehearsal.  The first time I performed on stage, I was three years of age.  I sang, “You are my Sunshine” at a state fair in Chico, Ca.  I wrote my first song before even doing the fair gig, it was about Bigfoot.
I love music. I love writing so why not write about the music I love most?  When my father told me about his idea, “damngoodtunes.com” a webzine that covers and supports all genres of independent musicians, producers as well as technical equipment used by small labels and do-it-yourselfers, etc. I thought to myself that is something I would love to be involved in.
Although damngoodtunes.com has already attracted some of the best music writers, including my youngest sister
“ Trinity Lost “ ( Rap and Hip-Hop ) , each writer covering a wide array of genres and sub-genres, what I am doing is a little more difficult to name but it’s basically  a combo of hardcore new age psychedelic punk and moody lyric driven music w/dark undertones. The kind of stuff Edgar Allen Poe probably would have written, if he were a musician of today.
I’m working the story right now and
“ the big boss “, dear old dad just called up and said” hey, where’s that article?”. Journalism is harder than it looks, but writing is what I love and music is my passion.  Soon I hope all of you will check out my story about the true “Godfathers of Punk”. In the mean time, you can’t imagine how it feels to be involved in what is destined to be a truly unique family business. I hope you will all feel free, to send in any comments you might have. Thanks.

Toni Maier