Episode 73: Mother Falcon

Episode 73: Mother Falcon

Since 2008, the Austin, Texas collective known as MOTHER FALCON have been making rock, quite literally, the old fashioned way. With instrumentation that you’re more likely to see in a symphony orchestra or jazz quartet, the [currently] seventeen piece group turns out soaring, triumphant songs that challenge the notion of what “pop” can be as much as they fit comfortably into that tradition.

Recently the band staged a run of East coast shows and, several of the members stopped by the basement to talk about the history of the band, the challenges of touring with a small army of musicians, and the ambitious Summer Camp program launched in 2011 that teaches younger musicians the ins and outs of songwriting, arranging, and pretty much everything else you would want to know on how to “make it” in a band.


Ex Hex @ Rock & Roll Hotel - 7/24/14

Ex Hex @ Rock & Roll Hotel - 7/24/14

When we last caught up with DC’s Ex Hex back in April, they were just about to launch their first official tour, then head down South to record their debut album Rips, due out October 7th on Merge Records. Armed with largely untested material, the trio was visibly excited by their immediate future.

And they were right to be. Last Thursday’s show at the Rock & Roll Hotel showed the Ex Hex is anything but untested, but rather a tight, feisty, and amazingly FUN rock and roll machine. With a sound that pulls in equal parts from the Ramones, the poppier end of the riot grrrl sound, and the guitar driven stadium rock of the 70’s, it’s clear that the band hasn’t just tightened up, they’ve learned how to utterly and completely…ahem…rip.


Episode 72: PJ Sykes of Hoax Hunters

Episode 72: PJ Sykes of Hoax Hunters

Continuing our unintentional extended coverage of the Richmond scene, Kevin sits down with Hoax Hunters front man and renowned concert photographer PJ SYKES to find out all there is to know about their upcoming debut, Comfort & Safety as well has his “side job” as a renowned concert photographer.

Recently tapped to be the official photographer for Merge Records 25th anniversary festival this week, PJ has built a career out of doing what he loves, and after listening to his stories, we’re betting you’ll be compelled to do the same. All that plus a Cheesy Western and a bowl with on this latest episode of ChunkyGlasses, The Podcast!


Static Scene - "Eye For An Eye"

Static Scene - "Eye For An Eye"

Sounds Like: The hardcore howls of old school DC mounting a full-on invasion of the top of the mid 90’s rock charts.

Why You Should Care: DC’s music scene doesn’t end at the river, and this four piece from McLean, VA aims to make sure that fact is heard loud…very loud…and clear. 

“Eye For An Eye” matches guttural hardcore howls with thunder-god worthy drums but quickly subverts that formula with shimmering slide guitar. It’s a subtle bait and switch, yet it tells you everything you need to know about Static Scene’s music. Unabashedly rooted in what came before, they aren’t afraid to explore sounds that don’t always fit together, regardless of the “scene” or genre. More importantly though, wherever their muse leads they aren’t afraid to follow it loudly and from the heart. 


Episode 71: Avers

Episode 71: Avers

Last year when the members of the Richmond, Virginia six piece AVERS got together to jam, they had no expectations for anything except to have a good time and make some noise. All members of already well established bands, J.L. Hodges (Farm Vegas), Alexandra Spalding (Hypercolor), Tyler Williams (The Head And The Heart), Adrian Olson (Hypercolor), James Mason (The Mason Brothers), and Charlie Glenn (The Trillions quickly realized off-the-charts creative chemistry between them, and inside a month they had knocked out the material for what would become one of 2014’s best releases, Empty Light.

Before their recent show in Washington, DC at the Rock & Roll Hotel, Kevin and Quinn sat down with this “super group” to talk about the creation of that album, their accelerated creative process, what the future holds for this nascent powerhouse of a band and more. 


Episode 70: Purple Rain at 30

Episode 70: Purple Rain at 30

In June of 1984, a diminutive musician from the most unlikely of musical hotbeds started a revolution with the release of his magnum opus, Purple Rain. Part film, part soundtrack, part fiction, part autobiography, and all rock n’ roll, it didn’t just charge across racial divides to conquer the radio, box office AND the album charts, it shattered any notion that we had as a culture that there were limits to what we can create. Pulling from every conceivable style of music and sounding like none, Purple Rain wasn’t just the high water mark of Prince’s career; it was the purest expression of everything he’s done before, or since.

Thirty years after this landmark achievement, Kevin, Adam, Derek, and Marcus “gather(ed) here today” not just to “get through this thing called life,” but to try to figure out just what makes Purple Rain tick, discuss its impact on music today, share stories of growing up with such a grown up record, and more.