This Week In Dallas Music History: Stumptone Moves From Denton to Brooklyn, Releases "Cool Album"
Stumptone's Chris Plavidal
Ah, Denton. So many years of music, so many articles that set the scene by mentioning Morrison's Corn-Kits' 186-foot grain elevators or the impressive Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum.
Well, this week's Denton-based blast from the past from the June 10, 1999 edition of the Observer mentions both skyline landmarks while setting the scene for Stumptone's then-impending move to Brooklyn.
It's an interesting read, and author Christina Rees takes the opportunity to dig deep into the band's past, present and possible Big Apple future while providing a detailed critique of Stumptone's self-titled debut in the process. Hint: She lumps it in with "so much of the strongest music out these days."
Of the band, Rees writes that Plavidal was the latest loss in "a quiet trend" of Denton artists and musicians who were trading the city's "scruffy, humble leanings" and "three modest rock venues" for Brooklyn's neon glow.
But, as many of you know, uh, Stumptone's a Fort Worth-based outfit nowadays. So, we sent Plavidal a link to the story and asked a couple questions including: "How long were you in New York?"
Keep reading after the jump for Plavidal's response, as well as the scan of the original article.
"That was a nice article Christina wrote," he replied. "Ahh, the carefree days of yesteryear! Yes, I moved from Denton to New York, then from New York to Fort Worth. We were in New York for six months or so. It was an incredibly inspiring time for me, and actually was the basis for most of the songs on our seconnd album [ Gravity Suddenly Released ]. I learned so much about life in that short time in New York, it took me years to process it all."
Read Jesse's review of the post-City-That-Never-Sleeps release here, which he calls a "psychedelic masterpiece."
So what brought the band back then? Simple, Plavidal writes: "We had unfinished business in Texas, though, (like marriage, children, etc.) and even though it was originally seen as a temporary return, in Texas we remain."
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