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We mean well. It's just that sometimes we get confused. To boot: Last week, in a preview for the Falkon show at Hailey's and Double Wide, Sam Machkovech wrote that the longtime Denton band was headed to New York.
Not exactly. "It's actually the last Falkon show ever," explained the band's front man Mwanza Dover. The band is kaput. Finito. And while Dover eventually may be New York-bound, he is currently putting together a group called Black Arm Band, which will be a tad more experimental than Falkon's assaultive art-punk. The band, which plans to tour the Atlanta-to-Boston circuit, features members of the current Falkon lineup--but not American Idol reject Daron Beck, who recently started the band Great Tyrant with drummer Jon Teague from Yeti.
Dallas Observer readers will remember Beck as the mustachioed Denton crooner who charmed--or was that terrified?--Idol judges with his Tim Burton-worthy renditions of "Delilah" and "I Put a Spell on You." Since then, Beck has become something of a minor celebrity, the William Hung of Goth Kids, receiving fan mail from lonely couch potatoes across the globe. He says he's frequently recognized in Denton, where average Joes stop him on the street to say, "You did great. You represented Denton well."
"Yeah, right," Beck tells me. "I'm sure that's what they thought." He's a little sarcastic about the whole thing--after all, it is a little creepy. And yet, the appearance has brought him powerful notoriety. "People thought I just did it for the attention," Beck says, "but I wanted to be the king of the freaks." Looks like he's on his way.
Ask the Expert: Adventure Club
This new feature attempts to answer some of the most common questions faced by local upstart musicians. How to put a press kit together? How to get booked? How to properly punctuate "li'l"? This week, we debut with a question for everyone's favorite Adventure Club host, Josh Venable.
Question: So how do I get played on the Adventure Club?
Josh Venable: Send it to me. Easy as that. As far as local stuff, I try to listen to everything I get. Don't always succeed, but I try. If you even remotely know someone who knows me, have them give it to me. Recommendations by bands/people I respect go a long way. If you went to Grapevine High and mention how much you hated it, too, I may listen to it faster. Put some time into your artwork and name. Nothing screams "We suck!" louder than a scribbled-on CD-R by a band called the United Degrassi Fans of Dallas. So at this point I finally hear it, right? If I like it, I'll play it. Over the years the 97's, Chomsky, Rocket Summer, [DARYL], etc. have employed this same method. Another thing: Don't go overboard. Every week there is a new local band that thinks by having their entire extended family call and request them they will get played. Usually just makes me hate them. Really good bands don't need to do that.
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