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Murderers in the Dark

The abrupt life and times of DJ Cuba Gooding Jr. come to an end this Saturday

The difference is likely due to Rice's increased input. When the band formed, Duhon came to Rice with a batch of songs already written and structured. But with the newer material, they've been able to develop as a group. The songwriting is still shouldered by Duhon, but nothing is locked in when they put the tracks together, and Rice's input and suggestions have driven the newer material in directions it likely wouldn't have gone.

"It's as if there is a language the two of us speak, like I talk to him about songs as if they were colors and shapes…and in that he knows how to make it happen, how to make it work based on the suggestions," Rice says.

The fidelity hasn't changed on the new material, something that can be attributed to the fact that the duo once again recorded themselves.

Public intoxication and streaking brought the members 
of DJ Cuba Gooding Jr. together. Art is tearing them 
apart.
Public intoxication and streaking brought the members of DJ Cuba Gooding Jr. together. Art is tearing them apart.

"Same equipment," Rice says. "It's a keyboard and a drum machine -- a cheap drum machine I got in a pawn shop, set up in our [neighboring] apartments and recorded right there."

Although the future may appear bright, it is short-lived. Duhon will soon resume his art studies in New York, and though Rice may eventually follow, as of now they're scheduled for just one more performance. This Saturday, Houstonians have one last chance to see the pair in action at Fat Cat's. Attendance is recommended. After all, they might come full circle and end up in jail again.

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