The Stout City Luchadores have released their first single off their EP titled “The Future”. A common misconception is that this song was written about things that have happened to us in the last few months, in truth though, the song was recorded in December before our former drummer Trent left the band to pursue his education in Dallas and it was written long before that. The song does capture the band’s constant battle to just be a band with a concrete set of ideas. It is a struggle to remain punk, to be DIY (everything we do is done ourselves, from writing to album art), and to find an audience with our sound without bending to the latest trend or music fashion. Sometimes we find that crowd, and sometimes we don’t. But despite all of that, the band carries forth. There were days that I thought we were done for good, like during the great 3 year hiatus from 2005 to 2008, and every time we have a line up change. It is hard work to find a set of people that are willing to sacrifice time and effort to be in a working band and pay their dues to get anywhere. But… here they are… a group of friends that despite their other projects, jobs, love lives, still get together, ride out waves of show droughts, scene drama, and other crap to bring you yet another set of songs they hope you will enjoy. And that’s important to me most of all, because I’ve wanted this band to exist since I’ve been in a band. The Luchadores hold a special place in my heart, and when I get to be on stage with them, the 14 year old inside gets to stand up and be proud. There will always be people that will say “punk is dead” or “this town sucks” and do nothing about it. But there will always be a group of people that choose not to believe that. I hope this band brings you that feeling that it has always brought me. A little hope in our crappy little world. The EP will drop September 1st on Sinkhole Texas Inc.
Well, this weekend not unlike any other weekend is pretty much booked for the OMBG crew. Friday we’re at the grill again for Patiently Waiting, Return to Cinder, Stout City Luchadores (a slight change to the original line up), and 24/7. I absolutely LOVE Return to Cinder. Been following those guys since their creation and they have honestly done nothing but grow. They don’t play Victoria often, but when they do it’s epic as fuck. I would suggest that you get off your ass and come out. YOU WON’T BE DISSAPOINTED. Saturday, surprisingly enough, is kind of an off day. However, the Old Man and I will be driving down to Shiner for a podcast with our two favorite people, Allynn, and Dean. Expect us at Howard’s. It’s pretty much my home when I’m in that town. The reason for the Saturday Shiner trip? Sunday morning I have to wake up at the ass crack of dawn, or earlier, and commence a drive to Austin. Why you might ask? Well, I play in a worship band entitled Polka Spirit. What do we do? We go around Texas, take over people’s worship services, and play polkas. Yes polkas. Need I remind you I am German, Czech, and Bohemian? So yes… Polkas. I’ll write a more in depth post about this on Monday. Till then, see you kids on the flip flop! -Bitter Girl.
This past weekend saw the return of Victoria’s only masked band. The story of the Luchadores is a long one. Plagued with the same problems most punk rock bands have… day jobs, band girlfriends, egos, from the fall of 2005 to the band’s show in 2008 “Warriors Never Die” the band played Barnfests, Wrestling Rings, CWV halls and a fatal grasp at fame on reality TV. The TV show really soured us I think. By the time it was done, we were the tightest musicians I had ever played with, but I could feel we had lost our passion to try to reach easy fame. In the end we lost the chance to represent our state, but not after we had beat hundreds of bands in the Austin area. Imagine that… a little garage band from Victoria Texas beating out signed bands with jager sponsorships and slots on the warped tour and ozzfest. It really did happen. I guess we just wanted to prove we could do it. The band wasn’t made for that. I’ve always kind of seen the Luchadores as my destiny and the band I always wanted to play with. The masks are more than just a gimmick. We uphold the old mythology of the Mexican Luchadore as a symbol of his local community and seek to fight against cover bands, shady promoters and crappy scenes everywhere. While The Loveletter has always been a personal project, The Stout City Luchadores are my vehicle to fast music and fast times. So when you bring a band like this back, you got to be careful. A revival is only as good as the crowd wants it to be. Three years in music years is a long time. Kids not yet old enough to drive who used to see us in CWV halls are now driving and in college. Some fans have never even heard of us, If they knew who we were under the masks they probably wouldn’t support a dinosaur band like us. So the pressure to gain new fans is great. The old fans are even harder to win back. The Luchadores were a great band in 2005, how do you convince them that they are a better band in 2011? A lot of the music and shows have been replaced with a feeling and emotion that is deeper than the actual music itself. A feeling of friendship, singing along at shows and a time that people remember as fun and exciting. (Time has a way of making us believe the past was more fun). Reality is tough, competing with a memory is hard, but a testament to what the old band was. So the band came back. In rare drunken and rocking form. We hit the stage with as much gusto as we could, gave a blistering 12 song 45 minute set. The crowd didn’t miss a beat. I guess getting back on the saddle was as easy as we thought it would be after all. Now that I have my perfect punk rock band back, and learn all the lessons I’ve learned from my previous bands, I can’t wait to take it as far as it can go.