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IndianGiver - Understudies

There’s a difference between being derivative and being inspired by something, a line a lot of artists can’t seem to find — or at least don’t care to.
04/22/2014 | Comments 0

Dustin Prinz - Eleven

Few musicians take the time to master their instrument in the way that Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Dustin Prinz has; he’s a guitar virtuoso in every sense of the word, and Eleven gives him the chance to show just how far he can push that skill.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0

Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss

Listening to Horse Thief’s previous release — the haphazardly melodramatic Grow Deep, Grow Wild — felt like a chore. Whatever potential the Oklahoma City folk-pop act demonstrated on the EP was obscured behind a formulaic, contrived and ultimately hollow cloud. But it at least offered a glimmer of promise for a band consisting of, frankly, five pretty talented dudes. Critics saw it; the band’s management saw it; its current label, Bella Union, saw it; and its increasingly fervid fan base saw it.
04/08/2014 | Comments 0

Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich

There’s always a sense of danger when debuting songs in a live setting and playing them well. Without having heard the studio versions, expectations are set according to the live incarnations. But capturing the breadth of free-flowing atmosphere and sheer volume on a disc, vinyl or digital file isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially for a band as vociferous as Colourmusic.
04/01/2014 | Comments 0

Em and the MotherSuperiors — Churches into Theaters

As titles go, Churches into Theaters is an apt descriptor for the debut album from Oklahoma City rockers Em and the MotherSuperiors. It’s a reverential record, one that shares the gospel of classic rock, blues and soul but embraces the need to refashion it for modern times, channeling The Dead Weather, Grace Potter and Cage the Elephant along the way.
03/25/2014 | Comments 0
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My name is ____

We asked a bunch of local bands to tell us the origins of their names. Babies, zombies and Bible passages ensued.

Matt Carney March 21st, 2012

Zombie vs. Shark
“Our name refers to the underwater fight scene in the 1979 Italian zombie flick Zombi 2. . It was [singer] Jeremy [Gragg]’s idea, but we all thought it was funny and appropriate for reasons we’ve nev ertheless found hard to articulate. But I’ll try. I imagine ‘Zombie vs. Shark’ as some-thing a preadolescent boy play ing with action figures would dream up as the ultimate fight scenario. A zombie fighting a shark is willful in its arbitrariness and, as such, it expresses a kind of enthusiastically staged conflict you can also hear in our music.” —Robert Scafe, guitarist

Magnificent Bird
“A few years back, a former bandmate and I were exchanging mix CDs of some of the stranger music we were into, and we were giving the CDs these long, ornate titles, mostly to make each other laugh. I believe I titled one Magnificent Bird: Or How to Fall All the Way Down and Still Be Okay. I chopped the pretentious bit off, and the name just sort of stuck.” —Nathan Lofties, principal member 

Two Suns
“I found it very tough to come up with a name ... at first. Then it hit me: My wife was pregnant with our second child, and we had just found out that we were going to be having another boy. So Two Suns came from the fact that I have two sons.” —Jake Davidson, principal member

Of the Tower

“Our member Nathan [Steinman] had a series of bizarre dreams years ago. They were poems, and would stick in his mind until they were written down. The more he researched, the more he realized that the imagery synced up with the tower card from tarot. The poetry also described a relationship that had never occurred. The woman was named Magdalene, which means ‘woman of the tower.’ These poems became a book titled Of the Tower.” —David Goad, front man

John Wayne’s Bitches

“We were trying to name the band with a list of John Wayne movie titles. After hours of drunken argument, I suggested that we should henceforth be known as John Wayne's Bitches. And it stuck.” —Katie Stephens, guitarist

Kite Flying Robot

“Originally I wanted to pick the name Kite Flying Society, based off a scene in the Wes Anderson film Rushmore. In 2006, I secured a gig in San Francisco where I would be debuting a handful of new songs that were all guitar and drum machine. A few days prior, I decided Kite Flying Society was too serious and bland and changed it to Robot. Plus, the imagery of a Kite Flying Robot seemed to capture the sound I was just starting to explore: acoustic timbres meets electronica. It's a bit silly, and I still like it for that reason. A couple years later, I heard of a band calling itself Kite Flying Society,, anyway, so it worked out.
—Nikolas Thompson, front man

The Damn Quails

“It’s not nearly as interesting or politically motivated as everyone thinks. The truth boils down to Christmas ornaments. I was living in a small apartment with a Christmas tree just to the right of the front door. The tree was decorated with tiny, stuffed bird replicas, and the bottom limb, the one closest to the door, was home to a covey of quail that sat even to the height of my guitar case when I stumbled through the front door. ‘Damn Quails!’ was our exclamation every time I hit that branch and knocked them all to the floor. Sorry, Dan Quayle fans!” —Bryon White, guitarist

Harp & Lyre
“The name came out of Psalm 150. The text says to praise the Lord with all kinds of different instruments, and among the list was harp and lyre. At the point the band started, we really were just looking to make a joyful noise to the God that created all things through the very thing that changed all of our lives, that being music. Though we have neither harp nor lyre, we thought it fitting to take on that name as a symbol of what the psalm is mentioning: Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!” —Tyler Carder, singer

“Our babies hang out all the time, and one day, I came over to [guitarist/singer] Michael [Loveland]l's house and said, ‘OK, I'll play the drums, you play the guitar, and we can be the dads.’ His wife, Ruth, said, 'Or just Dad.’ Michael didn't even know I played the drums before that day." —Reese Truesdell, drummer

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