On the podcast this week, I had the pleasure of playing the first track from Sleezeland, the new recording project from former Worm Suicide frontman, Pablo Sleeze.
In a few days, I get to share a booth at Staple! Independent Media Expo with Scott Free, former Worm Suicide guitar player in support of his new project Apples For Eyes.
It got me thinking about the band Worm Suicide and what they meant to Victoria’s music when they were around…
Love them or hate them, it cannot be denied that without this band, Victoria would have been a very different place to live. Sure there were bands before them, and there were bands after them, but from 1997 to around 2001 they were the main monster driving force when it came to Victoria Texas punk. I often feel lucky because I was a close friend to them when they started playing, helped with their recordings and planning shows, and my bands often opened for them until they were strong enough to start carrying their own bills. In a way, I cut my teeth with this band.
It is not arguable that there were not better bands, tighter musicians, or even nicer people to be around… but for 5 years, this band changed the game. Sure bands had been playing shows in a town that was overcome with rave Djs, top 40 country bands and even touring Christian groups, but WS had a way of not only booking a show, but also making sure it was filled to to capacity with raving kids. Things that we still use as tactics today.
#1- They had marketing ploys. Fact: their first show was 5 bucks, but if you brought in a flier, it was 2 bucks off. (They didn’t bother to tell the band who booked the show this, but they did have a great crowd, so no one seemed to notice) From then on they did shows that promised that girls would get in free (ensuring the dudes would follow) and even named shows with a “fest” at the end of it. No one seemed to notice that “punkfest” was held about 5 times a year.
#2- WS had learned how to survive in a “pay to play” town. When WS did a show, like everyone else in Victoria that wasn’t allowed in local bars, they had to rent a club or hall, rent a sound system and still had to find other bands to share the bill. They learned about merch (stickers, shirts, etc.) and often would strike deals with opening bands instead of cash. This allowed them to have local bands play, and instead of having to dish out money for guarantees they couldnt afford, they were able to get stickers, shirts etc made for pennies on the dollar, and that band had merch. This allowed for dozens of local bands to be seen all around town in this time period.
#3- WS was exactly who they seemed to be. In all the years they had been around, Pablo and Scott, the two sole survivors throughout the band’s revolving door of support members, never changed. The lyrics of fast dirty living was exactly who they were in real life. I know, I shared a home with them. There were often mornings of walking through sticky kitchen floors (don’t wear socks) and dodging drunk passed out people on a Saturday, Sunday or even Monday morning. My best memory of Pablo is him grabbing a roach from the wall of Willow’s garage, biting it in half and spitting it at horrified people. Their dvd shows random party people in the Worm house puking into cardboard boxes. Sadly that was not staged, but a typical Friday.
#4- it was exactly the right place and the right time. There was no facebook or social media to fuck it up. These days any fuck with no talent can make crap music with no effort… and blow up. Gone are the days of music with integrity, passion, and drive. In this time period kids in high school and college were fed up and pissed. Now, facebook has made them complacent to just sit at home and only go out if a hundred other people are, unlike this time where the show was the actual meeting place.
Eventually, the bands kept going, metalcore and mall metal became more played and WS slowed down. I wonder what would have happened if they had kept towing the line for just 2 or 3 more years. If they would have thought of another way or ploy to rejuvenate the scene that was dying when Sun Valley closed and WS moved on.
Either way… the legacy that was left was still felt to this day. Bands booking their own shows, merch, flyer art would have been much different without them.
Les Sales Cons are slated to be musical guests during the after party for the film “Roundball” during the Victoria TX Independent Film Festival…
Formed around two Mcs and Beat makers Mac Traître and La Note, they will arrive with Dj Cut Edge on turntables.
By cultivating a pronounced disgust towards the rest of the world, Les Sales Cons
evoke songs about the manners of young human beings, sex, hypocrisy, stupidity, frustration and disasters, on a cynical, impertinent and sarcastic tone, but always with a critical content.
Les Sales Cons appreciate and don’t forget that “the stupidity is the relaxation of the
Keep an eye out for our interview with Les Sales Cons soon.
Making their debut on our podcast this week is New Mexican Disaster Squad with their song “Tighrope”.
Catch a live performance of this song here:
“Push The Sky Away”, the new Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds album, is released today.
Easily the first choice of records being released today, pick it up online or in your local record store.
Here is their newest video:
Making their debut on our podcast last monday is Bob Burns and The Breakups.
Check out their video for the song we played “I hate the city”
We had the pleasure of playing Surgeon Marta on our podcast monday.
This is the video for the song we played “Send more cops”
check this band out.
Opening the podcast Feb. 11 is Airbomb with “I’m so sick”
I love this band. Take a look at an older song “Nihil”
Making their debut on our podcast Feb. 4 is Spoons and Chopsticks with their song “Chicago”. A local band from Elk River MN, the band recorded and released their own full length album. Here is another song from the band when they appeared on a local television show.
Making their debut on our podcast this week is The Electric Mess with “You’ve Become a Witch”
Check out another one of their songs with this video that just came out from their new EP!