Texas Music

What Are Walker Lukens and the Side Arms Doing In the Texans' Practice Bubble?

If you live in Houston and are obsessed with the local pro football franchise (like most people), you might recognize the setting of Walker Lukens' "When I Lost You, Goddamn, I Lost" video, which his people were kind enough to let us premiere right here on Rocks Off. (It's at the top of Page 2.)

As you can see above, the band shot the clip at the Methodist Training Center, known to most people driving by Reliant Park as "The Bubble," because it looks like one. Lukens you may not be quite as familiar with, but he's a swoon-worthy pop singer-songwriter who can also rock a little a la Coldplay's Chris Martin or Ray LaMontagne, or slather on a little Black Keys-style squelch. He grew up in Houston before we lost him to Austin, but says he wouldn't mind moving back someday.

More on that later, but for now this begs the question of how Lukens wound up shooting his band the Side Arms' video in the Bubble. The artist says that after a couple of years as a solo act, he wanted to do something that would reintroduce him as part of a band. Also, his drummer's dad happens to be the Texans' equipment manager, so they were already off to a good start.

"The idea of playing in an empty stadium just seemed so funny, a little sad and too good of a stunt to pass up," says Lukens via email. "So Drew [Brunetti] bugged his dad until we found a good weekend to come down to Houston."

So the band has the connections, but did they actually have permission to film inside the Texans' facility?

"You will notice the conspicuous absence of all official NFL and Texans sponsors' signage," Lukens allows. "This was not a coincidence."

His chutzpah doesn't stop there. Lukens argues that "Goddamn, I Lost," a jangly, shaggy-dog tune from his 2013 album Devoted, would make ideal entrance music for the "Bulls" parading onto the Reliant Stadium turf.

"It's not as metal or rocking as Disturbed, sure, but that song was not recorded in the Texans' practice stadium," says Lukens. "Maybe the song would help relax the team before kickoff, as it would remind them of being in practice.

"Maybe the song would help relax the team before kick off as it would remind them of being in practice," he adds. "Perhaps another way to think of the refrain, 'Goddamn, I lost' would be to think of it as, 'Goddamn, I outran you.' The team could play it every time DeAndre Hopkins or Arian Foster has a breakaway run."

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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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