So, it's been a while since anything happened, well besides Corbin rockin' it Denton style. But.... there's a new band. I can't tell you the specifics of the line up, but they're called Djikstra for Girls. They're Austin based. They only do singles. They play some mean pop. And they don't do windows.
Stay tuned for a new single sometime this summer!
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Article by Corbin Young, photos: Tory Warner
Probably one of the greatest musical adventures of my life was when I recorded and played in Lauren Moseley’s band. Lauren was then and probably still is now a free spirit, occasionally counterproductive, occasionally unpredictable. I don’t remember who she approached first my brother, or myself but after the three of us working together on “Nougats” (a spoof of the Nuggets compilations) we decided that we’d record the Lauren Moseley album over the summer of 2010. And it was a big task for my brother and I, Arguments and jokes spilled on after the tracks showed how tense it could be to record with her, there was odd numbered sections and some songs I just guessed with the chords and worked it out after successive takes. The clanging of dishes, trains, and footsteps occupied the album as well. It was like we were pioneers of a great unknown, or on a ship facing the boring reality that is mundane life in a Dallas suburb. We’d go in, Broderick and I would learn her songs, record, re-record, mix, and hopefully by the end of the process something good came out. I remember spending day after day, stuck in the “studio,” which was really the upstairs living/music room, diligently working on tracks, re-doing out of time drum parts and vocals. And it was amazing when it finished. I know I’m biased and I know the recording wasn’t “pro,” but there was something in the songs that still lingers; a journey we’d all still like to take or go on again.
An Epitaph to the Lauren Moseley Band
For me, that journey was playing the scarce amounts of shows with her and a backing band. I recruited two members from my previous group (Corbin and The Loners): Paige Thompson on flute, and “Giermo” McManus, the nicest guy you’ll ever meet, on bass. And through a facebook friendship I found Eric Saffle who would wonderfully play drum set after my brother had to leave. Together we formed in my mind a culture of freedom and a culture of excitement outside the terrible monotony of suburban Colleyville. We were the only band in the only “scene” that existed there. Sure there were other people, and other bands, and there were hipsters who could play guitar, but as far as I’m convinced they didn’t have the type of stuff that we all ideally exhibited. I’d plug in my SG Special into my multi-effects pedal and Lauren would break out the Jaguar, Giermo would pump out supportive lines, flute mimicked guitars, drums were loud and full, and then we’d just go at it. It was the music I was born to play. The live sound also differed drastically from the recorded album, new songs were added, and we went different ways with the songs. It felt free, it felt right, and even with the flaws of my bad backup vocals, or out of tune guitar, the live Lauren Moseley sound was such that it didn’t necessarily matter who listened, it just mattered that we all were present, we were there and we knew how great it was.
Because we were in a small scene, a new band, and bad at getting gigs the band together only played two gigs; the first being at Grapevine’s only alternative record store/rehearsal space Play Pause Replay. Until I began doing more over-the-top things with my current band Noiserock Treehouse, it was the best show I had ever played. I cannot tell you the hours upon hours I have watched the footage of that gig. It was truly a magical performance in a suburban vacuum that only the few people who knew about us were really able to check out. The next show at Jupiter House was just a bad venue for the band, and while we played better than at the first it sadly wasn’t a good fit and I’m pretty sure the staff were glad once we left. After that show the band faded out of contact, we all went our separate ways more or less. I played a few gigs at Roots before she left the country and later formed my current band Noiserock Treehouse. I still see some of the members now and then, others more frequent than others.
Now looking back on a band that once was and possibly could have been more productive in forms of recording output, and shows, Lauren’s band footage and recordings are a testament to action in a sea of passivity in a place where band members or even like-minded individuals going against the mainstream were hard to find. It’s both a victory and a defeat that this epitaph I am writing exists but in light of that I’ll end it here.
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Photos by Jon Hohman
The next Noiserock Show will be at Art Six on May 12th at 9pm with PurlSnapShirts.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
The show at Hilltop Social Club went down with a bang yesterday. Noiserock Treehouse, with Corbin on a classical guitar, Count Louisifer III on bass and Sean McLellan on a snare drum and crash symbol, rocked the apartment even though it was intended to be an "acoustic" performance. The most notable thing that night occurred during Corbin's tune "Return to Sender," when a micro-mach pit was formed and Louisifer gave his bass to a member of the headliner Señor Fin mid-song and jumped up on the counter top to rock out with the crowd in the back. Following the Group was Señor Fin, fellow Denton band who also managed to grab the crowd. For their finale members of the crowd were playing accessory percussion with Corbin sporadically on djembe. A fun night was had by all but it was only a taste of what will be to come next week at J and J's April 27th at 9pm. Photos of the Hilltop show have yet to be provided but the Noiserock set at J and J's is scheduled to be recorded in full with two cameras hopefully.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Corbin Young has booked a GIGANTIC show featuring four acts and plenty of noise! For this show Corbin has finally managed to get a bassist and a drummer to back him up, and from hearing rehearsals, they certainly live up to the new moniker Noiserock Treehouse. The band will also be performing with progressive duo Protean Broadcast, acoustic guitar singer-songwriter Dub Lemons, and funk-rock band Various Artists. The show is free and will certainly be one of the best Denton shows yet.
Noiserock Treehouse will also be playing a house show before the J and J's gig and is hoping to play an Art Six show later in May. Here's a taste from their upcoming set list(s).