The typical release show involves one headlining band marking the debut of its new CD. But for Freedom, the Deathers and Uno Lady, who share a bill on Saturday, September 19, at Now That's Class, convention isn't so important. For starters, none of the bands is releasing new material on compact disc. The Deathers and Freedom are issuing a joint 12-inch, the first release from the local vinyl-pressing facility Gotta Groove Records. And Uno Lady is putting out her 10-song album on cassette. (Both releases include digital download cards). Here's an overview of each act.
For a couple of years, the hard-hitting Roue was one of the best local bands. But according to singer-guitarist Justin Coulter, the group lost steam, though its popularity around town never subsided. "We just weren't really productive any more," he says. "We weren't writing much and [band members] were getting into other things." One of those "other things" was a jam session that resulted in the band Freedom. But Coulter maintains they aren't a premeditated successor to Roue. "It just kind of happened," he says. They contributed two songs to the split 12-inch with the Deathers: "Cougaresque" and "Bombay." Both are more epic-oriented than Roue was. "The stupidest thing to say is that Freedom is much more free," says Coulter. "Roue had a lot more intense melodies, though most people might not have heard them. I'd like to book some shows out of town with friends, and I'd rather have a blast in someone's basement than have a shitty show at whatever place."
Put together a couple of years back by Zombie Proof Studios owner Paul Macarrone, who plays bass in the band, the Deathers are essentially a side project for the guys in the equally noisy Self-Destruct Button. "Paul kind of put us together, and we wanted to make songs we could have fun with rather than have to take too much time to write," says Deathers singer Jae Kristoff, adding that the songs he wrote with Self-Destruct "take forever to write." "[Original drummer] Bim [Thomas] plays drums on every other song and then we got [drummer] Nate Scheible in, and it's basically a different mindset than Self-Destruct. We're more quantity than quality. We have fun with it. We just make stuff rather than sit around and rehearse stuff." "Complete Hospital," the first track on the 12-inch, features guitars that sound like the kind of nasty drilling you might hear at a dentist's office. "We can pretty much do whatever we want with the band," says Kristoff. "There are no guidelines or rules or anything."
Uno Lady (a.k.a. Christa Ebert) honed her singing chops at an early age in her school choir and then learned to manipulate her vocals like some kind of female Perry Farrell. "The only instrument that I owned was a shitty electric guitar purchased from the JC Penney catalog for my 12th birthday," she explains. "I broke all but one string and blew the built-in amp within two weeks." A couple of years ago, she started Uno Lady out of "frustration." It's hard to recruit a band when you've never been in one, so I did some research, found a music program and taught myself the basics." Those "basics" include layering vocals upon vocals for a song like the punk-meets-opera "Orange Floats." Ebert says she chose to release her new 10-song album on cassette because "I really like tapes, and I can make a lot with limited funds." Be sure to get a look at the groovy poster for the show. Illustrated by Scene contributor John Greiner, it features a portrait of Ebert in a Halloween costume she wore a couple of years back and a drawing of her dog, Mr. Flip Mo Pi. "John G. does a lot of ridiculously awesome flyers," she says. " He rules. If you need a flyer made, talk to him!"
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