When We Ruled H-Town – Part 2
Friday night was the highly anticipated second show-case of the “When We Ruled H-Town” saga and once again, it did not disappoint.
I had been looking forward to this particular show since the first showcase that we experienced in February. It was full of the same amount of energy, love, and brotherhood as the first. This event had a different line-up which included Academy Black, Blueprint, Simpleton, and Poor Dumb Bastards, but the passion I felt on the first night was still there.
At the beginning of the week, I was almost afraid that OMBG would not be able to attend the event at all. Allynn couldn’t make it because of prior commitments. Dean had plans with his ‘other friends’ and Tim was on call all weekend and couldn’t leave Victoria. I ran through the options in my head and decided that one of us had to go and well, it would have to be me. That however brought up other problems. We needed an interviewer, a photographer, someone to work the merch table, someone to work the crowd, and someone to buy me beer to keep the nerves away. (I hate people.) Luckily, my mum, an avid supporter of the podcast since day 1, Mark Garcia from Crossroads Music Publication, and John Wade from Big John’s Photography came through and I had enough people to make it possible for us to cover the event.
After the 2 hour drive from Victoria, fighting 5:00 traffic on 610, and leaving 3 hours later than what was originally planned, somehow myself and my rag tag team of awesome made it to the venue safe and sound. We set up shop and began to prepare for the nights events.
The show itself started around 10:00 with a 29 minute showing of a portion of the documentary. The section they showed covered Deadhorse. And I must say, J did an EXCELLENT job with this documentary. The editing, the interviews, everything, is put together perfectly. After the documentary, Academy Black came on with special guest Mike Haaga from Deadhorse. The band was excellent! And Mike Haaga, well, he’s a sweetheart. We were lucky enough to meet him and help him out with his merch that night.
Blueprint followed shortly. If you haven’t heard Blueprint, I suggest you do. As Robbie put it, “They were before their time. They played pop punk before it was called pop punk. Before the Jimmy Eats World’s and Good Charlotte’s knew what pop-punk was.”
Then Simpleton took the stage. Although I’ve never been a really big fan of the ‘rap/rock’ genre, these guys rocked it. And almost, for a second, ‘brought me over to the dark-side’ before I caught my snap. But in all seriousness, they were an excellent and talented band. They were more than I expected them to be.
And lastly, The Poor Dumb Bastards. I wish I could come up with words to express this set. Imageine this. There’s a rather large guy wearing black electric tape over his nipples, sharpie scrawlings all over his body, and a mask made out of blue tape, holding a microphone and screaming at the top of his lungs. And well, that image, it pretty much describes the band. They’re a funky band that isn’t afraid to cross… well jump over and destroy that fine line.
And just like that, the night was over. After we loaded up our gear, helped tear down the show, ate and gassed up, it was time to make the long and tiring trip home.
The show was great. J and Brent, THANK YOU for creating such an amazing film and bringing back something that deserves to be remembered. You are doing something not many people will EVER be able to accomplish and whether Houston knows it or not, it owes you a huge thank you for being apart and creating something, that changed Houston forever.
Till next time,