Thursday, March 11, 2010

On Nashville Side Projects and/or the Lack Thereof

Posted By on Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 3:51 PM

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So yesterday I noticed you all slapping on your caption caps in an effort to win tickets to see Tobacco -- the side/solo project from the Black Moth Super Rainbow frontman. Basically, this got me thinking: Hasn't Nashville been a little shy on its own side projects lately? I mean, sure, solo/side projects started by members of relatively more successful bands are basically like reality TV shows: gloriously self-indulgent, rarely at all original or astounding, and always in excess of the actual demand. But this seems right up Nashville's alley, does it not? What happened to our Dixie Whiskeys and Hail to the Keiths? Has Jack White monopolized the side project scene?

So. Here's something I do from time to time: I take a flimsy premise like the one I just presented, and then I make a bunch of shit up about it. Like, right now I'm going to make up a bunch of side projects by local music players who don't (to my knowledge) have side projects and say that I'm doing so in hopes that they'll take my suggestions, but really, I just drank too much coffee and need to type it off. So here goes:

Brock Lobster -- Shoot the Mountain bassist Jonathan Brock unleashes a nasty bass/drum duo a la German Castro but includes his girlfriend Larissa Maestro on cello a la Rasputina. Shit could get heeeeaavy. Reception would be tepid at first, until it was clear they were in fact affiliated with the Holly House collective and fans could enjoy without worry.

The Professor -- So, you just know How I Became the Bomb's synth whiz Adam Richardson has volumes and volumes of sequenced electronic compositions that i'm hoping fall between Wendy Carlos' Switched on Bach and Kraftwerk's Trans-Europe Express. Unleash that shit, bro. Make it a box set.

Traylor Trash -- As if former MEEMAW/Cowboy Dynamite/basement rock staple Wes Traylor didn't already have songs to burn, I'm now imagining him in his bedroom with a four-track cassette recorder, belching into a microphone through a delay pedal and harnessing those into compositions via the Casio SK-1. (That's the one you record stuff into and play it on the keyboard.)

Andy and the Groomsmen -- You may or may not know Andy Grooms as the goofy huckster who bangs the skins for AutoVaughn and sometimes Space Capone, but that's who he is. Then again, who's to say he couldn't be Music City's very own Ringo Starr and front his own oldies revue from behind said drum set?

Dig Doug -- Clutters front-dude Doug Lehman got his creds in this town rockin' and wailin' about traditional rock n roll subject matters. However, I'm guessing there's some hardcore feelings and shit buried under that leather jacket and distorted overdrive. Grab an acoustic guitar, Doug. Tell us what's really going on.

[pronounced "cross"] -- Steve Cross' blog house power pop solo endeavor. Would probably have a lot to do with science since apparently that's something he's into.

Irons and Whines -- Now, I know you've spotted familiar sideman Aaron Irons banging on any number of random instruments to accompany the likes of Jasmin Kaset and All We Seabees amongst others. But I see those gears turning inside his head and know in my heart of hearts that this does not complete him. Surely, be it in a notebook under his bed or in fully realized mp3 demos tucked away on a thumb drive in his pocket, there is a more vivid portrait of this young man waiting to be expressed. Set it free, Aaron. Show us what you got.

Give your side project suggestions in the comments.

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