It was an emotional night for more than a hundred who gathered for Denton's folk-pop quintet Spooky Folk's farewell show at Dan's Silverleaf on Monday night. The beloved five are putting their live shows on hiatus so that singer Kaleo Kaualoku can marry and move to Denver at the end of the month. Several "thank yous" were said from stage during the duration of the band's two-part set, which included a shout out to Chris Hughes, who is currently recording the band's sophomore album. We talked to several fans and friends in attendance about their favorite memories and why Spooky Folk is so important.
What's more, Dave Howard, bassist for Tony Ferraro's grimy pop-rock project Satan's of Soft Rock, a band that opened the show on Monday night, is saying his goodbyes as well, and moving with Kaualoku to Colorado. Satans will press on, but for many, it won't be the same. A sing-along at the end of Satans of Soft Rock's set brought both bands to the stage in an all-out arm chain of love, as seen below.
Kat Goodloe Have you taken anything away from Spooky Folk, emotionally speaking? "I feel like each member of that band has affected me emotionally, more than anything. I've never danced so hard or sweat so much to any other band before."
Caleb Campbell How has Spooky Folk impacted the community? "It's made it more interconnected, sweaty and inspired. Sing-alongs go a long way in this town."
Lacey Richins What's your favorite Spooky Folk memory? "It's probably a combination of shows, because I've been with them since day one. I love seeing other people and new fans experience them. They give people energy and make them excited about music. Also, when they played my birthday party at The Schoolhouse show. Or, when I road-tripped with them to Louisiana to ring in the new year."
Chris Bryan What will you remember about Spooky Folk? "I've seen them more than any other band, not including my own, but probably including my own. Coming up with them in the music community for the past five years ... of that, I have good memories of them; especially playing the Peopleodeon CD release show and having everyone sing 'Bible Belt' with them. It's been so ingrained with my life in Denton. It's hard to pick out one memory out of a whole sea of things. It's been fun."
Lindsay Partridge What's your favorite Spooky Folk song and why? "'Resurrect,' because the two dames shine best in this song. The crowd is screaming and swaying. This song is our last lifeline and the only thing that will save us is Scarlett on her melodica and Petra on her violin."
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Lindy Pace What's your favorite Spooky Folk song and why? "It's 'Disheveled' because that song has so much energy, and I remember being into it from the very first time I heard it. I call it the angry Kaleo song."
Erin Clancy How did you feel the first time you saw Spooky Folk? "The first time I ever saw Spooky Folk was at Petra's house at a birthday party for a friend who was moving away. They were newly formed and I was totally blown away. I was like, 'Who the fuck are these guys?" and I saw Jesse and I said, 'Who the fuck is that guy and how does he do that with the guitar?' and I still feel that way today."