Hearsay: Wednesday, October 6, 2004
Bright-Eyed Zombies Named Alan

Zombies — like striped scarves two seasons ago or osso bucco last year — are all the rage. They’re popping up in all kinds of video games and, more noticeably, are crowding the silver screen. Last year saw the release of 28 Days Later, followed earlier this year by a remake of George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead and more recently by Resident Evil: Apocalypse and Shaun of the Dead. Exactly what this says about either our fetish for cannibalism (because, of course, all of the zombies in the aforementioned frights hunger for human flesh) or secret yearning to dress like slobs in public is unclear, but one thing’s for sure — the desire to stay dead is so 1985. Case in point: The Sultans. One of the Metroplex’s most beloved “original cover bands,” this quartet was big, big, big back in the ’80s, headlining respectable clubs throughout North Texas. Then the ’90s arrived, and The Sultans found themselves buried beneath family stuff. It wasn’t until a couple of months ago that the foursome crawled out from the tomb of obsolescence and began playing again. Now — like Nemesis, lord of the undead — they just won’t die. Their latest scheme involves touring the state, playing alongside carefully selected “up-and-comers” (a.k.a. opening acts). If interested, contact The Sultans at 817-834-4326, follow the links at www.savidetup.com, or e-mail thesultans@swbell.net. ... Boy, that Ridglea Theater (6025 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW). They always somehow manage to pull a rabbit out of the hat, as they have for this Friday, when the now-legendary shoegazer Bright Eyes performs, with Jim James and M. Ward. Get your tickets ASAP. For more information, call the club at 817-738-9500. ... And you thought art-rockers Alan were no more. (OK, so did I.) Word on the street is that while the boys may have decided to spend less time on the band, they remain committed to recording and producing a full-length. “It’s been tough,” said frontman Chris Hardee, “because we keep thinking we can find that ‘perfect studio’ where we can afford to do all the tracks, but that’s totally out of the question due to the amount of time we want to put into [the c.d.] — somebody’s got to win the lottery before that’s feasible.” The result: Alan will probably record on their own, in a home studio assembled by Hardee. “Even if the recording isn’t super top-notch quality — which, of course, we’ll strive for — at least we’ll have better control of every last detail, since we’re not on the studio clock.” The band hasn’t been out and about as much as in olden days because, as Hardee says, “everyone’s either switching jobs, deep into school, or switching places of residence” — even though Alan did manage to perform at last week’s “New Music Festival,” in Dallas. To stay on top of Hardee and friends, cruise to www.alanband.com.

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