Concert Reviews

Dead Flowers Talk About Bad Tattoos, Heartbreak Songs and Getting the Band Together

If you regularly go to LaGrange, Single Wide or Double Wide, you've seen a member of the quintet Dead Flowers. Earlier in the year, frontman Corey Howe was the opening act for The Revival Tour's stop at Trees, playing alongside Hot Water Music's Chuck Ragan, Alkaline Trio's Dan Andriano, and Against Me!'s Tom Gabel. We caught up with them at their practice space and talked about their experiences as musicians, and heard horror stories about first tattoos.

What was the first instrument you learned to play? Evan Johnson (bass, backing vocals): I started on violin. I started in elementary school. Vince Tuley (guitar, backing vocals): It was guitar for me. It was a little Mexican guitar my dad found on the side of the road. Tony Webb (guitar): I played sixth grade trumpet. Corey Howe (vocals, guitar): My mom said that when I was a kid I used to play with myself more than anything. But I didn't pick up my first instrument until I was 18. It was guitar. I was a freshman in college. Ed Chaney (drums): I've always been a drummer. I started when I was nine. It's all I ever wanted to do. Howe: He plays a mean ukulele at six in the morning. Johnson: He has a cool story about how he got into drums.

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Eric Grubbs is a Dallas-based writer who has published two books, Post: A Look at the Influence of Post-Hardcore 1985-2007 and When We Were the Kids. His writing has been featured in Punk Planet, Popdose, Fort Worth Weekly, The Dentonite and LA Weekly. He supports Manchester City and will never root for Manchester United.
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