The Rocks Off 200

The Rocks Off 200: John Alton, the Madness of Cosmic Bug Loaf

Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, 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. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link.

Who? Every Cosmic Bug Loaf song sounds like your last brain cell committing suicide as the world burns around you, which is just about the nicest thing I've ever said about anyone. Much of that is due to John Alton, whose strange and intense guitar work feels like two different people alternately berating and coming on to you at the same time. Then there's that voice...it comes out of the speakers like Pennywise came out of the sewers in IT. There's just something insidious about it, even though it's all dressed up in bright colors.

When he was a boy Alton started learning the classical guitar from his father; you can hear a LOT of Bach in a Cosmic Bug Loaf song if you listen closely. His favorite game was to set his metronome faster and faster and see if he could play the pieces perfectly far in excess of the proper tempo.

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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