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Event Archive - Broadcast Oblivian, The Charming Snakes

Fri. October 10th 2003 The Brickyard (No Minors)
Presented by: Fireball Productions
Fireball Productions presents

WHO: Broadcast Oblivion, The Charming Snakes and Despistado

WHEN: Friday, October 10th

WHERE: The Brickyard, 315 Carrall St.

TICKETS: $9 at the door


Broadcast Oblivion

Former members of Scared of Chaka, Murder City Devils, and Droo Church gather in Broadcast Oblivion, where loud Entwistle/Butler distorted bass, hard-hitting, almost mathy midtempo drums, simple, overdriven guitars, and melodic vocals reveal a love of Black Sabbath and the Kinks. With influences like that, it's a given that Phil Ek is recording the band's forthcoming full-length.

MUSIC) If you're a fan of former-Albuquerque-then-Seattle band Scared of Chaka (and who in his or her punk-pop-loving mind isn't?), then you may already know that singer Cisco, AKA Dave Hernandez, is now fronting the alarmingly winsome Broadcast Oblivion. Hernandez writes songs that sound simply sing-along-infectious until he throws in the twist that differentiates his pop tunecraft from lesser musicians. And what a treat it is to hear a powerhouse drummer like Coady Willis (Murder City Devils/Dead Low Tide) showing off his heretofore unheard buoyant abilities. Drew Church falls in lockstep on bass, making Broadcast Oblivion 2003's first pop obsession.

The Charming Snakes

One of the first things one notices about this punk-meets-progressive-pop band is the lack of a drummer. Bands that use drum machines are not exactly unheard of in this town, but it seems a bit odd for such a straight-up rock arrangement like The Charming Snakes (whose only source of percussion is aptly named "Dr. Rhythm"). Band member Lacey explains it like this: "The only reason we have the damn thing is 'cause no one would play with us in the first place! We were tired of waiting to start a new band, so we bought ourselves the drum machine for Christmas." It was a smart decision at the time for band members Ruben Mendez and Lacey Swain. Since The Charming Snakes have been playing around town, however, drummer offers seem to be coming in two at a time. A now more experienced and wise Mendez says they won't make any rash decisions. "We've had offers from different drummers, but we'll see. Dr. Rhythm isn't a gimmick, he's a necessity."


Bitingly bitter, cold Saskatchewan winters and heat that hits your chest heavier than a Mac truck is not for everyone. Fortunately for all music fans, it does lend to the flow of some serious creative juices and energetic performances. The prairies breed stellar bands - no challenging that statement from any rabid, Canadian indie fan. Then it is no surprise that a fine, young band from Regina, Saskatchewan peeled out of the gates of rock during their first show in early 2002 and Despistado has yet to look back. Comprised of the standard four-piece, bass (Joel Passmore), drums (Brenan Schwartz) and double guitar action (Leif Thorseth and Dagan Harding), the average music buff might stroll into a club knowing exactly what to expect. But this isn't your run-of-the-mill act. Despistado is a band ready and willing to bite you in the butt and shock the life back into your melted cranium. The foursome's history began in October of 2001 with the solidification of a musical style amongst friends. The result was angular, very danceable rock that quickly left Despistado commanding various stages in and around their hometown. An ever growing fan-base followed as kids started to appreciate the band's on-stage energy and the progressive, up-beat sound they brought to the scene. Despistado walked into the studio in June of 2002 and jolted out with an exceptional, 6-song, self-released album aptly named 'the emergency response EP'. The off-stage sales have led to a repressing of the album and the band continues to sway audiences and garner deserved recognition. A recent west coast jaunt saw the band sharing stages with bands like Chore, Moneen, Honeysuckle Serontina, Black Rice, Ghosts of Modern Man, Mico, Means to An End and Filmmaker. The future for Despistado is clear this music deserves to be heard. A complete Canadian tour is in the works for fall 2003 and the band's DIY ethic will see them playing their intense and eccentric rock whether demanded by crowds or by one solitary kid in the back of a venue somewhere between here and nowhere.


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