Band name: Another Run
Web site: www.myspace.com/anotherrun
Native or transplant? Native
What's in a name, particularly yours? Two words
When did you form? Well we have actually been together since 2000, but until 2005 we were searching for a singer. Then we found out it was us.
Releases/discography: No Sleep Tonight (soon to be released)
Who or what do you think you sound like? U2 mixed with Black Sabbath, Incubus and the Deftones.
What are some of your noteworthy recent feats? We moved on to the next round in the Emergenza Music festival. We also just wrapped up recording for our album No Sleep Tonight.
What albums have had the biggest impact on you? So many it hurts my head.
What artists have had the biggest impact on you? Some of our influences include Rush, Led Zeppelin, Far, Deftones, Weezer, Incubus, Tool, Sparta, At the Drive-In, the Mars Volta, Johnny Cash, Cream, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, 311, Radiohead, ZZ Top, Ours, the Strokes, the Beatles, U2, Dave Matthews Band, Onelinedrawing, the Who, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Marley, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, Queens of the Stone Age, Counting Crows, Beach Boys, Silverchair, Bush, Coldplay, Seinfeld, Bloodhound Gang, Jane's Addiction, Glass Jaw, Alice in Chains, Onesidezero, Hoobastank, System of a Down, Staind, Metallica, Van Halen, Chevelle, Louis Armstrong, OutKast, Yes, Pink Floyd, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Stone Temple Pilots, Candlebox, Filter, Everclear, Live, A Perfect Circle, Oasis, Finch, Pearl Jam, the Offspring (old), Primus, Elvis, N.E.R.D./Neptunes, Wyclef Jean, Black Sabbath, Beastie Boys, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Candiria, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Violent Femmes, the Doors, the Used, the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, the Clash, the Police, Bad Company, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Sting, Phish, Thursday, Sunny Day Real Estate.
How do you pay the bills? What is your day job? Zak is a manager, Adrian's a waiter, Bob is a piano tuner.
Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd buy a badass van to get on the road.
Finish this sentence: I'd rather be on the road touring.
Where do you see yourself in five years? Touring with any and all of the above mentioned bands.
Weezer or Winger? WEEZER!
Jay-Z or Z-Trip? Who and what?
Football or foosball? Foosball
See them at: Java Jazz Coffehouse, 2502 FM 1960 East, Thursday, February 2.
Band name: Vicarious Me
Web site: www.myspace.com/vicariousme
Personnel: Acrobat (guitar), Christian T.A. (vocals), Hibby (bass), Fry (drums)
Native or transplant? We're native to Houston as far as I know; sometimes we're even gentle savages.
What's in a name, particularly yours? It's your first impression. In our case you might think "Vicarious Me: that's bad grammar." But really I think in this day and age everybody has a Vicarious Me. Everyone is too busy to really live so when they get home they escape through other characters, be it fictional or reality TV, books, video games, movies or whatever. They identify in an unattached yet very personal way, a form of urban escapism. That's where we come in; we take the listener on a musical stroll through our cable channels.
When did you form? VMe began its formation in early 2004 and continued to sift through various personalities until the beginning of '05.
Releases/discography: As of now we have a full-length album recorded; however, we are only going to release an eight-song EP. We have decided to use four of the mastered songs with four live ones and show the listener what our stage sound is all about.
Who or what do you think you sound like? I know a lot of people say this, but I don't think we sound like anyone, maybe a schizophrenic with ADD.
What are some of your noteworthy recent feats? Our biggest noteworthy feat was coming out in granny drag at the Sidecar Pub (there are pictures on our MySpace page).
What albums have had the biggest impact on you? Some of the most influential albums I (Christian T.A., vocals) can think of were We're Only In It for the Money (Frank Zappa and the Mothers ), The Wall (Pink Floyd), Never Mind the Bollocks (the Sex Pistols) and Chocolate and Cheese (Ween). There are so many.
What artists have had the biggest impact on you? Some of the artists that have had the biggest impact on me are, as I mentioned, Frank Zappa, Ween, Mike Patton, the Flaming Lips, Judas Priest, Cat Stevens, the Impotent Sea Snakes, the Pixies and the Beatles, just to mention a few. I'm influenced by all music -- the good, the bad and the pre-packaged bubblegum crap you hear 20 times a day.
How do you pay the bills? What is your day job? During the day I work at a large format graphics and advertising agency. Josh, our guitarist, is in sales of commercial a/c and heat units. Mike, our drummer, has just recently been promoted to supervisor of a tile installation company, and Marvin, our bassist, is currently looking for a job, but in his free time tests pipes for local smoke shops.
Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd build a recording studio in the Aspen valley and have several adjacent bungalows for visiting musicians.
Finish this sentence: I'd rather be getting up every day making music and art and really enjoying life to the fullest.
Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life? I think Johnny Depp would play my part; as far as the other guys, I don't know.
Where do you see yourself in five years? In five years, I feel we will still be making great and unusual music, but on a much higher level.
What's the biggest misconception about you or your band? I don't know of any misconceptions about our band other than if you listen to our stuff on the Web, you might think we are a little mellow. This is why we want to put some live tunes on our EP.
Give us a random factoid about yourself: We have a kegerator in our jam room to ensure our right state of mind.
Weezer or Winger? I'd have to speak for the band here and say we prefer Weezer over Winger; I like the blue and the green albums.
Jay-Z or Z-Trip? This is a hard question. I'm going to have to say Z-Trip over Jay-Z, just because we are a bunch of stoners and it has the word "trip" in it.
Football or foosball? None of us are into sports, and foosball is like miniature soccer, so I'm going to have to say pinball at Poison Girl or surfing porn.
Parting shot? We have a serious problem with people (and this includes our fans) who come to see shows and leave after the band they know plays; that's just rude. Everybody bitches about there not being a scene, but it's not just bands' and club owners' responsibility to create it. Support local music.
See them at: Last Concert Cafe, 1403 Nance, Friday, February 3.
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All hail "Are You Gonna Go My Way." That slice of '70s-meets-'90s mass-market rock was a nice break from the sour-faced caterwauling of the "alternative" years. But Lenny Kravitz has far outstayed his welcome, and now he has debased himself for Absolut vodka. For slapping on the assless chaps and walking the street, we pronounce a fatwa!
Now, we do not hold with those who yell "sellout" every time a musician dares to make a dollar. But Kravitz has debased himself by writing a song specifically for the middlebrow vodka company. The song, "Breathe," succeeds in capturing the soul of Absolut: It is music for people who don't like music, as Absolut is alcohol for people who don't like booze. The tepid, dance-beat-driven song can play while these people sip their "vodka-cran" or "cosmo" and talk of The Da Vinci Code. It can play while they dry-hump on the dance floor. It can play while they have the type of intercourse that begins with the woman lighting a scented candle.
Fatwa, Lenny! Enjoy your new career as a jingle writer. It is quite a career trajectory. And at the end of your life, when you lie rotted by age and disease, as your final gasps of air drain from your lungs, may you hear the call of the afterlife, and may it be the opening beat of "Breathe," to play in your ears for eternity. It is written. -- The Ayatollah of Rock