Starting today, each Wednesday Rocks Off will arbitrarily appoint one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. We wanted to give them a winner’s cane too, but all we could find was some Gold Medal flour. Think your band might have what it takes? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week, we’re totally digging indie-rockers Permanent Daylight, five-time winner of Garageband.com's "Track of the Day." We give the quartet - Chris Baldauf, lead vocals/guitar; Kevin Elbert, lead guitar/vocals; Grant Atnip, bass; Jason Woods, drums - two and a half cardigan sweaters out of four.
Rocks Off cornered Atnip (via email) and forced him to answer the following five questions:
Houston Press: All right, fellas, what's the story behind the name? You guys from Alaska or something?
Grant Atnip: It's perhaps the least interesting story imaginable. Once upon a time, there was a very bad band with no name. The members couldn't agree what they should call themselves so everybody wrote down five names on a sheet of paper. The sheet was passed around with each member crossing off the name they liked least.
Permanent Daylight – the name of a Radiohead B-side – was the last name standing. The band got better, but the name never did. We do have a fan in Alaska, so if you like, we can say we named it after her long-distance dedication. That's more interesting, anyway.
"White Roses," recorded live at the Engine Room
HP: Well, if we're making stuff up, let's say that all your eyelids were lost in a van accident or something. Nobody can blink, so you all stay awake all day, every day. Thus: Permanent Daylight. That's more interesting. How'd you all get started, and how long have you been performing?
GA: We've had a couple of line-up changes, but we're finally steady now. The current arrangement has been together for about six months. Chris and Kevin have been playing together the longest, Jason came next, as a temporary replacement who stayed on despite himself, and Grant is the most recent addition.
As individuals, we got started as individuals by hearing a piece of music or band that moved us and saying, "Aha... I want to do that. That's who I am." For Jason it was probably something terrible like Poison.
HP: Dude, if you ever make fun of Poison again we will punch you square in the nose. What's the worst song currently on the radio?
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GA: I've got to say it's the "Maybe I'm the one who's not a schizophrenic psycho" song. I don't even know what it's called [Puddle of Mudd, "Psycho"], but every time I turn on the damn radio it's on. Why? Did I do something in a past life to offend someone?
"Trout," also from the Engine Room
H: You've got a song called "Rocket Messiah" and one called "Peter Pan." Who's more important, Peter Pan or the Messiah?
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GA: They're about the same person.
H: What's something interesting people wouldn't have known if you hadn’t answered these questions?
GA: Hmmm. That we think we're far more clever than we actually are. And that the other guys in the band are going to be really angry when they found out I replied to this without consulting them. – Shea Serrano
Permanent Daylight plays an all-ages show tomorrow night at Cyber Smoothies, 12215 Grant Road #H, Cypress. $10-12.