Musicians Turn to Film, Big Fiction Needs Help and Bro Fest May Change Its Name.
If last weekend's Rock Lottery proceedings did nothing else, at least the proceedings reinforced the notion that Denton is packed to the gills with extraordinary musicians.
And their talents aren't just limited to crafting well-thought-out tunes in a matter of hours, either. Or, well, even just making music at all.
One week ago today, Team Tomb frontman Caleb Ian Campbell announced his intentions to direct a short film called Queen Wake about a father and daughter struggling to maintain a relationship post-divorce. Filming should start in early 2013 –providing Campbell receives sufficient backing via his Kickstarter page.
While $50,000 to make a short film may seem exorbitant, Campbell assures potential backers that the costs are justified. And although it seems like an impossible figure to reach, it may not be that far-fetched. The Polyphonic Spree have already exceeded their $100,000 Kickstarter goal with seven days still to to go on their fundraising campaign. Somehow, they still have honorary band member incentives left for anybody with an extra $1,500 laying around.
While the above fundraising efforts are to help launch new projects, another local musician is in need of help just to keep going: Late last week, the house that served as both the studio and practice space to heavy rockers BIG FICTION and Fort Worth punks War Party was set on fire.
While, thankfully, nobody was hurt, guitarist Ricky Williford lost all of his instruments and recording gear in the blaze — over $8,500 worth.
According to John Iskander, those who would like to help should keep an eye out for Parade of Flesh benefit show in the coming weeks. In the meantime, instructions on how to donate to the band's PayPal account can be found on BIG FICTION's Facebook page.
Speaking of Parade of Flesh: Word on the street is that, when their hugely popular Brofest event returns next March, it will be doing so under a new name. While Iskander is still mum on just what it'll be thus far, it will probably not be a SXSW-related pun (i.e. South By South Flesh) or another humorously intentional misnomer poking fun at bro culture.
Lastly, in keeping with the theme of things being poked fun at, we've been reading a lot of Complex lately — specifically their lists of the 25 douchiest bars in a given city. While Dallas hasn't gotten a list of its own on the site yet, one has to figure that, with Philly, Boston, D.C., New York, Los Angeles and Chicago out of the way, our number is bound to come up sooner rather than later. One bar/venue that most likely won't find its name on that list when/if it happens is The Foundry. The bar, which was named one of America's Best Outdoor Bars by Travel and Liesure earlier this year, was visited by folks from Southern Living last Thursday. Representatives from the magazine were shooting photos for an upcoming spread on the Best Bars in the South.