It's weird to live in a town that has artists on the bubble.It's weird to live in a town that has artists on the bubble. You see these people go from playing shitty dive bars to bigger venues. They go on tour and come back with interesting stories. You read about them on blogs and they get front page and cover photos in your local free weekly. It's weird. What's even weirder is to be in a different town and hear music from your home town being played and danced to by people you don't know.
We played in Tucson last night. It's a nice town very similar to where I went to high school (Kent, OH). There are two kinds of people here: hippies and college kids. It's pretty funny, actually. Anyway, after the show we hung out with some kids at an apartment. Walking into the place I head a familiar music that I soon realized was Psychedelic Horseshit, a band from Columbus, OH. I was a little confused. It sounds so cliche' but it's so hard to realize how much of an impact your local scene is making in music when you're living it. Columbus, OH is such a humble town. There are so many bands doing big things but you wouldn't know it if you saw any of these people. The music from the guys in Psychedelic Horseshit, Times New Viking and Pink Reason is a true representation of their lives. It's not sugar coated one bit. Dirty, grimy with an optimistic and fun overtone to it.
At home, I see these guys all the time sitting at Cafe Bourbon Street arguing about silly stuff and getting drunk and laughing with each other about how fucking cold Columbus is in April. I've never been so proud to be a part of that.
It's funny that it took me hearing a Columbus band hundreds of miles away from home to really understand and appreciate how great of a scene our town has. Seriously, though. It's so hard to gauge what's going on in your town until you leave. As far as we're all concerned we're just making music because it makes us happy. We don't know what the hell is going on outside of the city limits. It's fun to tour and we all want more people to listen to our music but at the end of the day we're just having fun and excited to go to Carabar and see each other every weekend. You'll see Blueprint talking with John from El Jesus De Magico about whatever. Envelope and Wes wildin out at a Weedsteeler show. Daymon Dodson running merch at a CDR show. We've got such an incredible thing going!
I'm sure that anyone can read this and say similar things about his/her home town. These are just my thoughts. I love Columbus, OH and regardless of where I end up I will represent that town to the fullest.