Houston Music

The Rocks Off 100: Brandon Lemons, Keeper of the Treaty Oak Collective

Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too.

Who? Brandon Lemons is the man behind The Treaty Oak Collective, "a small record label/booking/promotion group here in Houston." He is also a member of Houston/Austin post-rock band Co-Pilot.

Home Base: Lemons lives in La Porte but works in Houston. "The Steamboat Ampworks shop is my home away from home, I'd say," he says. Most Treaty Oak Shows are at Walters or Mango's, but also Fitz once in a while.

Good War Story: Lemons says he had "some touring band come through the Mink about a year and a half ago that wanted more than what was agreed upon in their contract, and they took it upon themselves to get pushy and rude about it."

Bad idea.

"Friends of mine from a local MC [motorcycle club] 'gently' showed them the way out," says Lemons. "I can't say I've seen that bands name in town since."  

Why Do You Stay In Houston? "It's got a lot of work that needs to be done, but there is a rawness to it that I love," he says. "It's a labor of love, if you will."

Music Scene Pet Peeve: "Bands that don't do their end of promoting and Kickstarter," he answers.

5 Desert Island Discs: Light Bearer. Lapsus; Mammoth Grinder, Total Extinction; Alaskan, The Weak and the Wounded; Jawbreaker, 24 Hour Revenge Therapy; The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Belong

Best Show Ever? "Mogwai at Numbers," he says. "Whatever year Mr Beast came out." [2006]

First Song You Ever Fell in Love With? "Sonic Youth, 'Schizophrenia.'"

Co-Pilot and Alaskan head out on their Fall tour with a kickoff show also featuring Knights of the Fire Kingdom and Omotai Saturday at Houston House of Creeps, 2710 Carrolton.


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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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