The Rocks Off 100: Beau Beasley, Organist for the End of Time
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Beau Beasley (far right) with the Homopolice circa February 2009
Photo by Rosa Guerrero
Who? For this edition of the Rocks Off 100, we reached out to Beau Beasley, of Houston grind legends Insect Warfare, The Homopolice, NO TALK, Born Liars, Reason Of Insanity, Knuckle Scraper, Machine Gun Romantics, Race Against Time, KG Beasley And the Leather Violence, and a host of other bands that I cannot remember now. I am probably forgetting a dozen more.
Recently he has picked up the organ and struck out as Beau Beasley and the Ensemble for the End of Time. He opens up for Blues Control on February 8 at Mango's on a bill with sIngs.
Introduce yourself, please, Mr. Beasley.
"I'm Beau Beasley. Organist. Synthesist. Tennisist."
Home Base: "Timbergrove, Houston, Texas."
Why You Stay In Houston? " I stay because it's not cool to stay in Houston."
Good War Story: "I got a noise ordinance ticket way, way, way, way, way before any of the recent noise restrictions," opens Beasley.
I cannot remember which band we booked, but Josh Wolf, Frank of PLF fame, and I booked some show at some punk/squat house down the street from Mary Jane's. The cops came in, shut it down and said for everyone to go home.
Some dumb underage poser punk yelled, "Fuck the police!" and the cops turned on their heels, came back and gave the three of us tickets.
Back then the fine was only around $300, I believe. We all went to court, put on our nicest nice-boy faces and the nice judge let us off. Happy endings abound.
Music Scene Pet Peeve: "Laziness."
5 Desert Island Discs
"Well, you gotta give me ten," Beasley insists. "If I was on a sinking ship, I would grab five more discs rather than some other useless crap."
- Glenn Gould, Bach's 2 and 3 Part Inventions For Piano
- Napalm Death, From Enslavement To Obliteration
- Deep Purple, Machine Head
- Brian Eno, Discreet Music
- Philip Glass, Music With Changing Parts
- Terry Riley, Shri Camel
- Creedence Clearwater Revival, Chronicle
- Black Sabbath, Sabotage/Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
- Dr. Dre, The Chronic
- Wolf Eyes, Burned Mind
What Is The Best Show You Have Ever Been A Part Of?
Probably the first Dicks reunion show at Rudyard's. I wasn't involved with it, but I was there and they sounded amazing. Even Kevin Bakos was raging! The show was released on CD a few years ago on HotBox Records.
My claim to fame is that you can hear Josh Wolf and I in between almost every song making obnoxious whooping noises. We must have been right by the main recording microphone.
Either that or the entire Australian Insect Warfare tour. I would love to tour there again.
What Are Your Plans For 2013?
I will be continuing recording and editing my upcoming solo album," Beasley says. "I'm playing synthesizer and samplers with Charlie and Tyler from Balaclavas and Domokos in a new band called Sub Sonic Voices.
And totally burning more organ with the Hamamatsu Tom Experience. I'm learning more about living off the grid, and preparing for the economic collapse.
See who else has joined The Rocks Off 100 this year on the next page.
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