Houston Music

The Bourgeois Gospels Preach To The Congregation

Each Wednesday (or thereabouts), 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 [email protected].

Generally, every interview here is started with the same "Tell everyone everything they need to know about you in exactly six words." Most people answer with something clever or cute or even funny, and occasionally they'll even say something pragmatic.

Never though, has a band managed to fully capture their audio appeal as well as this week's Artist of the Week, the incredibly emotive, gorgeously swampy Bourgeois Gospels. They are exactly what they purport to be, and that is pretty neat.

Keep it moving to see what it is they wrote, as well usage of the phrases "classism" and "neo-human" and advice on what to do if your power happens to go out soon. Aces.

Rocks Off: Tell everyone everything they need to know about you in exactly six words.

Bourgeois Gospels: Soul. Blues. Gospel. Rock. N. Roll.

RO: You guys have two shows coming up. What's more, they're on the same day. Two questions, then. First, why, oh why, should someone be bothered to leave the comfort of their own house to watch you all perform? What type of amazing things will they get to see?

BG: You shouldn't. If you got beer in the fridge, and your favorite shows recorded, by all means partake. But, if the power is out, I know where you can feel some warmth.

RO: Second, two shows in one night? That sounds like it'd be an excellent idea but it also kind of sounds like you're pretty much destined to start the second one late. Start time is 9:45 p.m., but what's the real start time?

BG: 9:45 p.m. for real. Maybe 10 p.m...

Ed. Note: According to Warehouse Live, the Gospels are no longer opening for Gary Clark Jr., leaving them with just one show tonight. According to the band, they are indeed double-dipping.

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