The news of Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios' pending closure is still sinking in for Denton music fans. Barely a week ago, the news that owner, Josh Baish, would have to close the place down following his recent divorce left the city to face a future without a venue that's been a cornerstone of local music for two decades.
But Baish has promised to go out with a bang, and already he looks set to deliver with news that a reunited Lift to Experience will headline the final Gloves show on Sunday, June 5.
The Denton space-rock trio released only one album, an ambitious double-LP called The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads, before breaking up 15 years ago. Their enigmatic, if brief, run was enough to solidify them in Denton music annals, but earlier this year they announced surprise plans to reunite for a show at Meltdown Festival in London on June 10.
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"I haven’t listened to it for years," LTE front man Joshua T. Pearson said of the band's sole record back in March. He was in town then for his first Denton gig in a decade, playing as solo opener for Mercury Rev at Dan's Silver Leaf. "We’re getting older, and I’ve had a few friends die in the past year and a half, so it’s a wake-up call. If we’re ever going to do this again, let’s go out on a high note.”
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In other words, LTE should be the perfect band to help see Gloves off in style.
Gloves is yet to announce any of the other bands who will perform during the venue's three-day send-off from June 3 to 5, and tickets are yet to go on sale. The club's future remains uncertain, although last week Baish admitted the outlook didn't look good.
"I have to do what's going to be best for me and my daughters. I don't want to sell the property because it's all I have," he said. "I have to do what's going to be best for me and my daughters. I don't want to sell the property because it's all I have."
One thing seems certain, though: this is likely to be the only chance you'll get to ever see LTE play at Gloves.