Tag Archives: Spooky Folk

The Year in Local Music part 1: They were born on the Bible Belt.

30 Dec

Local debut albums have a way of underwhelming, as in most cases they have little to no chance of capturing the magic of a live show full of devoted fans singing along and dancing to every beat, and that’s why Spooky Folk’s self-titled first album was such a welcome surprise. Recorded in various houses around Denton, the bands freshman effort managed to  capture everything that’s beautiful about the town, from the subtle beauty of “Rare Bird”, to the wild recklessness that is “Bible Belt” and to be honest, “Bible Belt” is the best song released by a Texas act this year, a energetic screed against the overbearing presence of the church in North Texas, it takes a tongue-n-cheek swipe at the overt religious themes that at times permeates through the music of some of the areas acts that came up in the church bands that rule so much of the suburbs. Spooky Folk is as Denton as Denton can get, yet it’s so polished you almost forget the album was recorded in a little one bedroom house on a side street between the two colleges.

It was the surprise success of the album that lead to a series of accolades for the group, buffeted by a series of blistering live performances that started with last years NX35 the band saw themselves on a sudden upswing, garnering multiple DOMA nominations and performing a incendiary showcase during the awards show only lead to further spreading the gospeal that was being preached by so many, namely “There’s a band you have to see live and that band is Spooky Folk.”

We look forward to what the band has in store for us in 2011, but for now we’ll just singing along, because we were also born on the Bible Belt.

Spooky Folk Live @ City Tavern 7/1/10

7 Jul

Last Thursday we were fortunate enough to catch our good friends Spooky Folk at the City Tavern. We’ve long been fans of the band and are excited to have a video of the band performing a new song.

Not half bad right? Be sure to take the time to vote for the band in this years DOMAs as they’re currently up for three awards.

Rundown: 7/1/10

1 Jul

Psychedelic Furs @ The Granada

Blah blah blah 80’s stars blah blah blah soundtrack staples blah blah blah new wave blah blah blah John Hughes.

Ryan Thomas Becker / Caleb Ian Campbell @ The Kessler

I have it on good authority that RTB plans to cover Sabbath Bloody Sabbath all the way through tonight.

lalagray / Issac Hoskins / Spooky Folk @ City Tavern

Spooky Folk has undergone one hell of a journey in the last year, since their performance at the opening of Smoke last September the band has found themselves playing increasingly larger shows including frequent local hosted showcases, and now find themselves headlining one of the better DOMA showcase lineups. To me this shows proof that as long as you work hard, and play you can actually get somewhere with your music, and having catchy numbers like “Rare Bird” and “Bible Belt” don’t exactly hurt your chances.

The never-ending NX35 track-by-track: Week 2

26 Feb

So here’s the deal: we’ve been fairly light on the NX35 coverage due mainly to, well, some “involvement” with the festival. In an effort to provide some level of “countdown” coverage, we are going to go through 20 tracks from 20 bands at a time every Friday until the weekend of the conferette. (For those of you who are a little slow, there are three weeks left until NX35, which means we will be sharing 60 tracks with you.) Let’s hope this helps all of you have a better understanding of the music that is quickly approaching. If you like any of the bands, check out when/where they’re playing and possibly find out more info at NX35.com.

Note: This week the newest addition to the DBB staff, Nina Chantanapumma (aka The Neener), joins in on the fun.

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Track of the Day: Spooky Folk- Rare Bird

26 Feb

(Note: Due to the sheer number of submissions we receive there is no way we can give each and every album the attention (and word count) they deserve, but we can devote time to at least one song from each. So we started this feature to give worthy bands, and their music, a spot to shine. We hope this helps you discover new and exciting acts, and as always if you enjoy the music please make an attempt to support the artist by either attending a show or buying a record. Also, occasionally one of our favorite bands does something new, and we geek out about it.)

Local act Spooky Folk has been getting a lot of attention since they helped open the Smoke restaurant wayyy back in August, and now with their spot on the Western Vinyl showcase at NX35 looming in the future we learn that the band plans to release a full-length in conjunction with that performance. We’re proud to offer up a quick peek at what to expect from the band’s first release.

Spooky Folk- Rare Bird

Verdict: So, I just got home from the Granada after a night of complete and utter psychedelia that featured Warpaint absolutely murdering me (and the entire crowd), only to check my inbox and see this track along with another, and I proceeded to listen to it on repeat for a solid hour. This proves that no matter what mindset you’re in, a good song will grab your attention and hold it till it’s ready to release you. That’s what’s great about Spooky Folk, they hold your ears hostage and you never complain.

(If you liked this wait till later when we post a second track in our massive NX35 playlist.)

Fight Night Followup interview

8 Sep

Charlie Hunter runs Denton DIY venue The Schoolhouse, along with I ♥ Math Records. On Saturday the Schoolhouse was ground zero for Fight Night, and I decided to ask Charlie exactly what the hell happened.

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