Hearsay: Wednesday, June 06, 2002
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
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Sugarbombed?

There’s always drama in Bandland, usually about which group is allegedly self-destructing. Last week, for example, Aggressive Christine was either breaking up or successfully resolving differences in order to stay together — depends on which day’s e-mail you read. These recording-studio tempests usually don’t make it into HearSay’s space. But sometimes the tidbits are too juicy to ignore, even if the outcome is still unknown.

This week’s case in point: the rumor that Sugarbomb, one of the biggest-drawing acts in the area, might be breaking up. HearSay checked its sources (which, contrary to popular belief, are more than just a few Deep Ellum parking lot attendants). While a handful of independent, in-a-position-to-know gossipmongers insisted that the demise was imminent, band manager Paul Nugent just as vehemently denied it. Band members whom HearSay contacted were tight-lipped.

No one wanted to talk about the source of all this drama. All HearSay really knows is that the band will cut back on its already-thin schedule of live appearances and officially begin a hiatus following Friday night’s show at the Curtain Club (which leaves a scheduled June 21 appearance at Ridglea Theater up in the air). Where they go from there is anybody’s guess. Stay tuned.

Solomonic Decision

The guys at the Wreck Room (who will remain nameless; you know who you are) give HearSay shit all the time for penning paeans to Black Dog Tavern, 6th Street Grill, and The Moon (essentially, convalescent homes with liquor and slow music) instead of writing about new bands. Thing is, it’s useless to write about new bands ... just for the sake of writing about new bands. There has to be something more there, a real story. That said, HearSay was pleasurably intrigued by an 8-month-old outfit your columnist saw a week ago at, of all places, the friggin Wreck Room. They’re called Solomonic, and the boss of the riff-raff at the train-Wreck intimated to HearSay that he had booked the band because of its potential to draw. (Two of the band members are bartenders; they presumably have friends in the bar business who understand how to spend money on booze — music to Wreck Room bigwigs’ ears.) But we think that was a CYA story, just in case the act turned out to be sub-par. No fear, though. Solomonic, a foursome, play as if they’ve been together for years. The sound is progressive modern rock, lots of atmospheric guitar work floating over solid rhythms. They’re planning on going into the studio soon. Catch ’em if you can. (You’re welcome, Wreck Room.)


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