In 1998 I was invited to participate in the Good/Bad Art Collective’s annual Rock Lottery curated by Chris Weber and held at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios in Denton, Texas. The idea was that at 8:00am the 6 or 7 drummers chosen would then choose 4 other random band-mates names out of a cowboy hat and the 5 of them had to write 3 songs that day before their live performance at 10 that night. Only one cover song per set. I was chosen to be in a band with Nathan Pulley(Cigar, Breadbox, Flood) Glen Reynolds(Chomsky, Liquid 3), Clark Voegler(Toadies, Funland), and Craig Welch(The Banes, Brutal Juice). We decided upon the name Choad Blast And The Chapstick Factory. Possibly the best band name I have ever been a part of. I don’t have any recordings of this but I know that some exist. We “wrote” two songs that seemed like somewhat bland alternative rock and did one cover of a Baboon song we figured the crowd would enjoy. I had been sick with the flu the previous week and was out of it most of the day and the other dudes in the band drank a lot before the show. It went rough but it was mostly for kicks anyway.
Chris Weber still curates Rock Lottery’s yearly now in different cities. This past year’s was in Brooklyn and previous year in Seattle. The one before that was back in Denton for the first time in a while. My brother was in one in 2004. They always sell-out to capacity and are always great no matter what kind of shenanigans go down. Shenanigan always go down.
Dec 13 2011