Corralling ten people—each with their own share of jobs, schoolwork and artistic side-projects—is no easy task. The members of this DFW troupe realize this, and see no choice but to operate like a fine-tuned engine. If one piston stops firing on time, the whole thing’s a mess.
When asked how exactly they manage to get the whole crew in the same place at the same time, bells player, vocalist and merch-queen Kendall Smith chimed in, “Well, our practices are really strict. We practice way more than a lot of other bands, but we have to. If we get ten people on stage who aren’t prepared, it’ll sound awful, and people won’t take us seriously. That’s why we have two practices a week: one full band, and one sectional.”
The practice has obviously paid off, as the heavenly hum surrounding the band’s name continues to grow louder and louder. In fact, the
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The band even bragged of a sweep through the UC-Irvine area, where among other shows, they played sets at a campus food court and a cramped house party.
“We almost broke that house,” admitted guitarist and accordionist Justin Spike.
Smith added, “There were way too many people packed in that room and jumping around. You could feel the whole floor bowing beneath you.”
Spike divulged the truth: “We get a lot more credit than we deserve for a lot of things... oftentimes people think we planned it all out, but a lot on this last album just kind of fell into place.”
Take their chronic lyrical euphoria, for example. There wasn’t some behind-closed-doors cabal which decided each song’s focus should be on all things warm & fuzzy.
Smith said, “When we each go into songwriting, you have to consider ten people. You have to represent all of us.”
Turns out the band quickly learned that the one thing they could all agree on and relate to was having a good time.
Guitarist Derek Terry summed it up: “I think that before the band… a lot of us were playing music, and some of us were playing something not as upbeat or happy as
“…We’re not going to put a bunch of work into complaining about something, ya know, then convince the audience to complain along with us,” concluded Kendall.
Sousaphone player Mason Ponder joked, “…But we still go home and cry ourselves to sleep at night.”
Despite success both inside and outside
“We’d love to tour every day, and play everywhere, but it’s just not possible right now,” says
Until some record label hot-shot takes them away in a shiny new tour-bus,
Demonstrating their venue versatility, Smith said, “We don’t dislike stages, its just we like not to rely on that… I mean, that’s the way it was in the beginning. We don’t have to have anything from anyone to play a good show.”
See Mount Righteous (and bid on an original painting by Nicole) with Chameleon Chamber & Aton at:
Art Conspiracy 4 (http://www.artconspiracy.org/)
Dallas, TX 75212
$10 at the door
Buy their album “When The Music Starts” here!