Rocks Off reached out to the artists playing this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase Sunday, August 5, and asked them to introduce themselves. Here's what they sent back.
Rocks Off: When and where was your first gig in Houston, and how did it go?
Journey Agents: Bohemeo's in the east end, outside in July during the time of day when the Earth passes through the inner core of the Sun, and leaving tens of people were entertained.
RO: What Houston-area venues do you play most often?
JA: We've sort of become the honorary house band at the Petrol Station and sometimes Liberty Station. Other than that, the usual gamut of Rudyard's, Continental Club, Fitzgerald's and we try to land your occasional block party and festival. You can find us if you lookin'.
RO: How often do you play in the area?
JA: As often as folks wants ta get funked up, so on average, monthly and then some.
RO: Describe your sound in eight words or less.
JA: Funky. Funky. Funky. Funky. Funky. Funky. Funky. OK, seven words. Also: Not. Like. The. Red. Hot. Chili. Peppers.
RO: How did you come up with your name?
JA: The name comes from an Old Rashaan Roland Kirk tune "Theme For The Eulipions," despite the claims that we were originally formed to be a Dred Zeppelin-type Journey cover band.
RO: Where would you like yourself or your band to be in one year? Ten years? Forty?
JA: One year: Another HPMA showcase. Ten years: On Quentin Tarantino's permanent payroll. Forty: Taking recreational drugs in suppository form before gigs at the disco bingo hall filled with old ladies with names like MoNique.
RO: What is one thing you'd like to do (as a musician) before you pack it in?
JA: Get a sound check at the Continental Club. Two chicks at the same time. See "Best Cowbell" added as a Grammy category.
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The Journey Agents play the HPMA showcase 5 p.m. Sunday, August 5 at Pete's Dueling Piano Bar, 1201 Fannin.