Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.
The Tequila Songbirds have become just as beloved as about any group around these parts. And how could they not?
Featuring a revolving cast of the Sooner State’s most badass female performers, it’s a power hour of some of the best songwriting coming out of central Oklahoma. Sure, they might not technically be family, but they are clearly a band of sisters all the same, bonded by the same brand of whiskey running through their veins.
"Overproduced" is a term thrown around all too indiscreetly nowadays, usually applied when the thing that sticks out about a song or album is how it sounds rather than how it is constructed. Yet some of the most compelling albums ever crafted embodied a certain aesthetic that was just as skillfully and meticulously put together as any Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record — which is to say production is as crucial to our enjoyment of music as much as anything else; it's also the most overlooked.
Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
Every artist should be the star of their own creative life, which makes Kyle Reid’s steps out of the shadows of the many ensembles and supporting roles he has played in Oklahoma bands over the years to front and center on stage feel like a just journey.
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The English Beat
UPDATE:The English Beat will play ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan, at 9:30 p.m. tonight, Friday, April 20, since last night's show was canceled due to rain.
British ska legends The English Beat are as much a part of cinematic history as they are musical, what with being responsible for the bubbly music that scores Matthew Broderick’s rush home near the end of the ’80s comedy classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Broderick gave front man Dave Wakeling a memento from the set: the baseball tossed into the stands during the Cubs game.
“Unfortunately, I let the dogs and kids play with it,” Wakeling said. “There’s no other use for a baseball in England.”
The Beat’s legacy goes far deeper than soundtracks. As forefathers of ska, they forged a genre known as 2 Tone — an amalgamation of ska, punk, New Wave and reggae — marked by a socially conscious message that holds true today.
“A lot of the original lyrics were written in the ’70s and early ’80s in the midst of a recession and class warfare,” Wakeling said. “They seem to be resonating quite ominously now.”
Juxtaposed against that message is the dynamic that led to the group’s destruction in 1983, dissolving into such notable acts as Fine Young Cannibals and General Public before Wakeling reformed The English Beat with an entirely new lineup, mostly on accident.
The band is enjoying a sustained revival of ska music, playing for fans new and old despite not having releasing new material in quite some time. “We have couples bringing their grown children,” Wakeling said. “They know all the words because they were strapped in the back seat and forced to listen over and over.”
After headlining Thursday’s ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown event, the near future will find Wakeling re-releasing more English Beat and General Public tunes, and hopefully touring with both groups, ideally alongside fellow Brit rockers Big Audio Dynamite — as long as the end of the world doesn’t arrive first.
“I’m getting scared,” Wakeling said.
“Everything feels so well-planned that it probably is the apocalypse.”
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