Talk Talk: Flashbulb Fires interview, Tennis reads “War Horse,” Yarmony Grass lineup, more music newsBy Julio Enriquez | May 17th, 2012 | No Comments »
Flashbulb Fires are fresh off the release of “Gasconader.” The quartet played an album release party last week and, in case you missed it, don’t fret, because there will be an intimate gathering at Rooster and Moon this Saturday, May 19. Reverb caught up with FF’s Michael James to check what’s good and to see if the guitarist can define “Gasconader” in his own terms.
Please tell us what “Gasconader” means to you guys.
“Gasconade” is a word that basically means to extravagantly boast. We felt like it described both the musical mood of this album and the main character who appears throughout the album’s lyrics.
Where did you get the inspiration for the album title?
When we were first discussing a title for this collection of songs, something that kept resonating with us was the idea of a march or parade, especially with some of the rhythmic elements that Chris came up with on the drums. Parades are, by their very nature, all about pride and exhibition. Whereas our last album had this kind of brooding, introverted personality to it, these songs were more demonstrative in nature. They had a certain bravado to them. So, in part the personality of these songs simply called for a bold title like “Gasconader.”
On the lyrical side of things, many of the songs on this album are written from the point of view of a single character. He is this surly, arrogant, evangelical man who thinks the rapture is imminent and all the while he is trying to persuade his lover to conform to his beliefs. Basically, he is the Gasconader. He boasts himself as a man with all the right answers. The lyrics take a very satirical look at this guy’s extreme self righteousness versus his loneliness, and the music acts almost as his soundtrack.
What kind of support are you guys going to do for the new album?
After we released our first album at the end of 2009, we spent most of 2010 on the road. We had successfully toured before that time, but 2010 was really the first time we did any extended touring. Now that the release of this album is upon us, we are preparing to hit the road again. We will go back to many of the same places we have been, and hit some new ones as well. We have already done a couple short runs this year, one in conjunction with SXSW and the other to some midwest cities where we have had a lot of success. Come June, we start getting deep into the touring. We are also pursuing other ways to support the album and get the music out to people, licensing opportunities being one of the main ones. That stuff is the new radio and we feel like our music is perfect for that kind of thing.
YarmonyGrass Festival 2012
I bet you guys didn’t know there was a town in Colorado named Bond (as in “shaken not stirred”). That’s where 2012’s YarmonyGrass Festival will be taking place with “newgrass” scenesters Railroad Earth, Elephant Revival (check out Reverb’s interview here), String Cheese frontman Bill Nershi and many more. Bond is a tad bit north of Vail and has the makings of a perfect Colorado weekend involving an outdoor music festival, camping (free with paid admission), hacky-sack and other shenanigans. The festival takes place on Thursday August 2 to Sunday August 5 and you can get more details here.
YarmonyGrass 2012 lineup
Railroad Earth (2 sets)
Nershi’s Joint Set
Elephant Revival (Saturday & Sunday)
Honkytonk Homeslice (Bill & Jilian Nershi, Scott Law and Keith Moseley)
Poor Man’s Whiskey feat. Michael Kang performing “Dark Side of the Moonshine”
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
The Drunken Hearts feat. Tim Carbone & Scott Law
The Grant Farm
Yarmony Creek House Band
Bonfire Dub and Friends
Sons of Fathers
Dead Winter Carpenters
Fruition (2 sets)
Bluegrass Delta Force
Waiting On Trial
Just in case you wanted to see Tennis recite lines from “War Horse”
That must have been one intense reading, because Patrick Riley had one hell of a nosebleed. Tennis got together for P4k to recite lines from “War Horse” in a new segment entitled “60 Seconds.” It’s a good thing Tennis is all about the music, because the thespian avenue might prove to be less fruitful.
We’ve read about how Riley and Alaina Moore tied the knot (obvs sailing reference) and embarked on their musical voyage. But now, we get to hear from the pair on how the two “accidentally” met via the very iconic Converse shoe label’s new “Oh, Hello” segment.
School Knights “Powerslut” it up
School Knights imagine what a “girls night out” would entail all the way down to smallest detail of taking shots from bottom shelf whiskey maker, Evan Williams. Bottoms up, girls!
Akira the Don + Time pay tribute to MCA
The word still laments the loss of one of the great ones in Beastie Boy Adam Yauch (MCA). Interscope’s Akira The Don has teamed up with lyrical slayer Time to pay tribute to the rough voiced Beastie Boy with a track titled, “Too Sweet to Be Sour.”
Julio Enriquez is a Denver writer and photographer, editor of the Cause=Time blog and a regular contributor to Reverb.