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Big Tex and the Blazin Pintos

Monday, May 7th, 2007

So in Ump’s travels across the heathen-filled southwest he found himself a lil’ saint of a Mormon we just HAD to corrupt with some rockin, some rollin, and maybe a lil’ moonshine. Next thing I know she’s throwin down her hymn books and speedin’ down the highway to a life of sin and serious debauchery. I took her out Friday night to break her DH Girl virginity. She wrote a piece about it. Like to read it? Here it goes! (more…)

The Irish Brothers - Exclusive Interview

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

The Irish BrothersIrish by name, brothers by blood, this trio out of California aren’t ones to fall into any one genre’s label. See what they have to say about family, ass shakin, and just havin a good ol time…

DH: Now y’all were referred to us by Ump from The Earps, and the part that I’ve been most curious about is the fact that he tells me you guys really are brothers. How did it happen that you are all so musically inclined? How do you think that affects the way you sound? Are there any perks or annoyances to playing together?

Karl: I don’t know how we got so musically inclined. We must’ve been born with it. Our mom played piano a lot when she was younger. She was really good and I used to like to hear her play but she has lupus and it fucked with her joints enough that she stopped playing. We all took piano when we were younger. I was the only one that stuck with it until I was 14 then I switched over to guitar. It was hearing the Sex Pistols that made me want to play guitar. I got into Prince a lot from when I was around 8 but he never made me want to play guitar even though he’s a kickass guitar player. I wanted Keith to learn bass. He’s kickass now but when he first started I was so frustrated with him because he couldn’t play worth a shit and I was impatient for us to get started. The first bassline he could play well was to a Cowboy Junkies song, though they might have covered it. It was called Me and the Devil or something like that. I have an older sister and had an older brother. They aren’t/weren’t that musical. My best guess is that we’re musically inclined because we all have my mother’s genetics in us.

DH: How do you think your local music scene has received you so far? What would you like to see improve about it?

David:We are received well enough at home, though I don’t think some audiences quite know what to make of us at first. Punk or rock (meaning rockandroll/garage rock) shows/audiences seem to know what we are doing, rockabilly/psychobilly not so much. The less the crowd is about the fashion/Star Trek convention and more about having a good time/hearing good music, the better the shows are, and I think that is across the board, any show I go to.

We are better received, I think, out on the road, where there is no preconceived notion of what we should sound like. I get frustrated at times at home that we seem to struggle for a consistent audience, but it is growing, and a more musically diverse audience is becoming receptive to what we are doing.

DH: What’s the best way for a fan to show their appreciation for your music?

Keith: Go to our shows and have fun!

DH: What’s the biggest compliment you’ve gotten on your music? Worst insult?

Karl:The biggest compliment is when established bands tell us to keep playing, keep trying to succeed.

David:The worst insult was when someone yelled to turn on the jukebox because they had money in it and wanted to hear songs. Second worst, this happened twice, we got bumped off a show because they were running late, and our set got hacked once because they were running late. I don’t mind general indifference, we’ll win them over some day. we have never gotten hostility, the jukebox guy wasn’t being a dick about it, so we just stopped. Also, we get some homophobes who get freaked out by Karl’s ass shaking. If you have never seen it, it is fucking funny, I say to the homophobes, loosen up, it’s hilarious.

DH: What made you want to play music as opposed to say…. Bein a doctor or TV repairman?

Karl:I’m happiest when I perform music, especially my songs.

Keith:I picked up music because I needed a hobby and Karl could use a bassist.
David:I had just wanted to record bands, do sound for film and television, then my brothers needed a drummer, now that is all I want to do.

DH: (Finish the sentence) You’ll know you’ve ‘made it big’ when…

David: I am not sure what making it big is. Realistically, for me it would be touring 250-300 dates a year releasing new music every year, year and a half, and the band would be my “job”. Making a living as a musician. I have now illusions that what we are doing will sell out arenas (though I have delusions that that will happen , ahahahahahahahahha) but selling out 1000-5000 seaters, or coming close to it is fine by me.

DH: If you could play for any five people in the world, alive or not, who would it be?

All: Our father Wendell, our brother Eric, my friend Norma, Steve Jones, Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, Shane MacGowan, Joey Ramone, Bono.

DH: Where do you get ideas for your songs?

Karl: Things going on in my life, things going on in other people’s lives close to me, things about the world that concern me, complete fabrications of my imagination.

DH: Do you have a song that seems to be a fan favorite? Why do you think they love it so much?

Keith:“I Will Never Marry”. A lot of people in the bar scene don’t want to marry or have been divorced. It’s also got a catchy chorus like “Freedom Is A Lonely Thing”.

David:“Freedom is a Lonely Thing” (is) the best song Karl has written that we are currently playing. I imagine he has better songs in his head.

DH: What’s a piece of advice you’d give to someone just starting out?

Karl: Practice a lot, learn how to network, be prepared to be ignored, do it for the love because it’ll most likely be a long time before you’ll become rich and famous, and even more likely that it’ll never happen at all.

DH: What is your favorite venue to play at? (Name, city and state)

All: Double Down Saloon, Las Vegas, Nevada; Doll Hut, Anaheim CA, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach CA, Beerland, Austin TX, Emo’s, Austin TX, Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Salt Lake City Utah, House of Blues Anaheim… I can’t decide between these venues.

DH: From artist to artist, what local musicians do you enjoy in your area?

All: Thee Spectors, Duane Peters, Big Sandy, Hellbound Hayride, Throwrag, The Scotchgreens, Flametrick Subs (even though they are from Austin, we go there enough), Rose’s Pawn Shop, US Bombs, the Rocketz, the Dollyrots, Flogging Molly, crazy as it sounds, Reel Big Fish (I record a lot of their stuff) Los Creepers, the Breakdowns, Punk as A Doornail, Charley Horse, Ditch Diggers, Scotch Greens, Screamin’ Yeehaws, DMF, Punk As A Doornail, Dollyrots. There’s other bands to that I can’t think of right now, please forgive me if I omitted you.

DH: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen happen at one of your shows?

Karl: At the Tupelo Tap Room in Phoenix AZ we went on after 1 am following a bunch of metal bands. The crowd mostly left because they were there to see the local bands. We started playing and people started slamdancing (I hate the word mosh) We’re not really slam-type music but they were doing it. It was violent too. They’d come by and punch me in the ribs and smack the microphone in my face (I’m practiced at dodging so it won’t crack my teeth) There were tables at the back of the pit area and this one guy would climb on top and jump onto totally unsuspecting people. Some guy fell down and everyone dogpiled on top of him. When he tried to get up he was so dazed he fell back over and people grabbed his legs and dragged him around on the floor. This one fast song we played I predicted would incite the crowd enough that a fight would break out and it did. We stopped playing long enough for people to cool off and resumed without further violence. When we got asked to play an encore we were barely 15 seconds into the song when a couple of guys linked arms and smashed through me into the drums and knocked them over. We decided it would be wise to stop playing.

DH: What’s the toughest challenge you’ve run into as a band?

Karl: Not being easily classified into some genre and not getting considered for shows because it’s figured we aren’t of a recognizable enough style to be included.

DH: Where do y’all see yourselves (musically) in five years?

Keith: Touring Europe and the Americas in intimate venues having a blast and not having a regular day job.
David: Hopefully playing 250-300 shows a year in the US/Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia, making a decent living making music
Karl: Touring nationally and outside the country, being on a record label that allows us considerable creative control and having no need for a day job.

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Booking Contact: David Irish, irishbros@aol.com

Stayed tuned this summer for their first CD that is currently in the works!

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