Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Occasionally, you'll hear a band name and think, "Well this band has to be good." Guerilla Maab, for instance, is a fabulous name. Guerillas are cool. Maab is a slang term for mob; slang terms are cool. Mobs are even cooler than slang terms. Combine them together and there's some exponential increase or something. Even regular gorillas are kind of cool. Did you know that gorillas can't swim because their muscles are too dense? Whatev - point being, even if you never ever hear one of their songs, you should just tell everyone you like Guerilla Maab on principle. This is kind of how we felt when we first started receiving emails about an indie rock collective dubbed Holy Fiction. Fortunately, we listened to their music and it turned out to be that organic experimental rock that's perfect for listening to when you want to feel like you're really in the know. We got with band member Evan Lecker and asked him a bunch of stuff that didn't have anything to do with anything. He responded in kind. Holy Fiction, folks.
Rocks Off: The other day we went to interview this gentleman in Pearland. He told us to meet him at the Chili's in Pearland. Only thing is, there are two Chili's on FM 518. They're about twenty minutes apart from one another. Naturally, we went to the wrong one. If you end up in a position where you have to drive from one Chili's directly to another Chili's, it's a very weird thing. When you travel, it's typically to go from Point A to Point B. But this was traveling from Point A to Point A 20 Minutes Later. Basically, we're the first to ever successfully time travel. What say you to that? Evan Lecker: I am not that impressed with your time traveling experience as I am currently reading this email on the back of a banana in a bomb shelter in 2012. As far as point A to point A, that's something that yuppies deal with every day when they meet at the wrong Starbucks across the street from each other.
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RO: What'd you guys think of the Block Party? Did anybody pee on anything you all owned? When's the next time everyone can see you all perform live? EL: The Block Party was very cool. We played early in the day on Sunday, so we didn't have any public urination sightings, though I have been known to urinate in some strange locations. We don't have anything on the books yet for shows, though they kind of find us, even from the future... I've also heard a rumor that this year was the last Block Party, which would be tragic. Houston needs good music festivals and it was good to see some action going on here. RO: We saw on your Twitter page that you guys think Futurama is "pretty much the best." Please defend your stance because, as it turns out, that show is terrible. EL: You are wrong about Futurama. That's my defense: a good offense.
RO: We concede. Whenever we listen to y'all's music, that "Exit" song specifically, it makes us want to watch that movie with Kevin Bacon and Sean Astin where they go whitewater rafting, which is to say that it is great. We assume that was the intention when you all were composing it. EL: Our synth player's uncle was in the Korean War with a man who was the father of Elijah Wood, who was in Lord of the Rings with Sean Astin, who was in that same film with Kevin Bacon. So, six degrees of Kevin Bacon. RO: Impressive. Do indie-rock bands "compose" songs? That term doesn't feel entirely correct. EL: If "compose" means "write," then yes. The folks at the copyright offices consider any song a composition. But don't you sound like a jackass when you say you've just composed something? RO: Word. Anything you all want to make sure gets mentioned? Now's the time to do it. EL: Pumpkin Pie is clearly the right choice between the two. Keep track of Holy Fiction on the band's MySpace page, and follow them on Twitter at @HolyFiction.