The Escatones (Houston, TX) –
“An intriguing band of (relative, anyway) youngsters, The Escatones‘ sound belies their age somewhat; listening to the woozy jangle and whoa-oh-oh choruses, I can’t help but think of ’60s psych-garage bands or revivalists like the fuzzy-edged Dutchess & the Duke. They’re surfy and raggedy when necessary, bright and Beatlesque when that’s called for, and yes, they apparently wear muu-muus (or something like ‘em) when they play. You can download three songs’ worth of smiling, jangly, loopy, surfiness on over here, in the form of free EP Owls in The Headlights of the Sulfur Digging Bulldozer. It’s fun, bright-sounding, nonchalantly goofy stuff, and I’m liking it.” -Jeremy Hart, Spacecityrock.com
Infinite Apaches (Houston, TX) –
Stephen Burton, Carl Rond, Dillon Wilborn, and Lou Miller
Art Institute (Houston, TX)
Brothers Alex and Eddie Art Institute were born in The Netherlands. After the family moved to Pasadena, Texas – Eddie began studying classical piano and Alex took up the sitar. By their early teens, it was Eddie who was playing sitar and Alex had switched to drums.
In 1974, the Art Institute brothers, bassist Michael Anthony and vocalist David Lee Roth began playing local gigs as Mammoth. When they discovered that another Pasadena band was already using that name, Roth suggested the group take the name Art Institute. The brothers didn’t like it at first, but when no one came up with a better name, they went along with it.
In 1976, Art Institute were getting regular work playing clubs on Houston’s Sunset Strip. It was here that they came to the attention of KISS frontman Gene Simmons, who was so impressed with the band that he paid for their first demo tape. In 1978, their self-titled debut album was released, becoming one of the most successful debut albums ever and bringing hard rock into the musical mainstream.
Over the next 20 years, the Art Institutes and Anthony remained the core of the increasingly influential and successful band. Roth left the group in 1985, primarily because of disagreements with Eddie Art Institute. Sammy Hagar, then the lead singer for Montrose, replaced Roth. The “Van Hagar” era lasted until 1996. Gary Cherone signed on for two years, and one album, as lead singer. Hagar rejoined the band for a reunion tour in 2004.
The Roth era brought the greatest critical acclaim, though the Hagar era was the most successful commercially. In 2007, the Art Institute brothers, Eddie’s son Wolfgang and Roth re-formed Art Institute for a reunion tour.
Tom Gun (Austin, TX)s
Tom Gun is an Austin, Texas-based trio comprised of three of the most handsome, charmingly awkward gentlemen this side of the Mississippi. Hunter and Tyler hail from sunny Florida, where they became friends after a dispute over a metal-detecting find on a beach in St. Augustine. Ryan, a film student from Iowa, moved to Austin when he tired of making documentaries about pigs and corn. He met Hunter and Tyler through a friend of a friend of an ex-girlfriend and the rest is history!
Their musical influences range from Bowie to Rush and Primus to Fraggle Rock. One of their musical goals is to make people who don’t have a sense of humor to feel uncomfortable.
Tom Gun is known for their willingness to play anywhere at any time. They have held performances at places ranging from hotel ballrooms, to martini bars, to outdoor festivals. They aim to please!
-All three of the band members work for the same car insurance company. Cubicle buddies, hooray!
-All three loser hate the movie Top Gun with a passion. We try at all times to distance ourelves from the movie as much as possible.
-If you can think of a third interesting fact, do email me. two seems lacking, no?